Cities

Guerrilla habitat

Roll up your sleeves, get out on the street, and make a Better Block

A model for DIY street improvement comes out of Dallas, even capturing the imagination of Long Island's favorite son -- Billy Joel.

Across the great divide

Is there a war between cities and suburbs? Does there have to be one?

Where we choose to live, and how, is emerging as a crucial factor in the battle to reduce carbon emissions. Is there anything to be gained by framing the cities vs. suburbs conflict as just another culture war?

Young people in Canada, anyway

New study says young people want apartments, not houses; iPhones, not cars

A new Canadian study indicates that more and more people prefer to live in high-density apartments.

Do the locavore motions

The future of urban agriculture is not about the 10-mile diet

Urban agriculture is a movement in transition. Agriculture has a vital role to play in cities, but it must be done in a way that keeps the urban fabric intact.

Notable quotable

Woman prizes car over skull

A Maine woman was badly bruised when a bullet fired by her neighbor ricocheted onto her property and hit her in the face. What really concerned her, though, was the damage done to her car.

Hot Kokomo

Stimulus money brings an Indiana city back from the brink

Eighteen months ago, the city of Kokomo, Ind., was one of those American Rust Belt towns that looked like it was clanking toward irreversible decay. Today the community of some 45,000 people is revitalized and renewed, thanks to an infusion of federal stimulus money and a variety of economic strategies.

CARTISTRY

'The car is a kind of shield that deflects empathy'

The new photo series "Lee Friedlander: America by Car" shows how our mode of transportation shapes our experience of the world.

Rail people

In Illinois, rail passengers stand up for trains [VIDEO]

Trains. People love them. And these riders want the government to know it.

GAMING THE SYSTEM

IBM’s OneCity urban fix-it game

IBM is hyping its new flash video game, OneCity, which is sort of a hybrid between SimCity and a well-produced commercial.