Sad State of Affairs

New report on state transportation policy shows a long road ahead

The best hope for reforms that would lead to a reduction in carbon emissions from transportation might lie with the states. Emphasis on might.

Can this suburb be saved?

A talk with Galina Tachieva, author of 'The Sprawl Repair Manual'

A planner says the economic crisis gives us an opportunity to fix the vast, sprawling expanse of suburban America. And she's got the tools to do it.

Windy farmy city

Chicago has got it growing on

Growing Power’s Chicago outposts show that plants can be art as well as food, while Growing Home nurtures people whom society would throw away.

Artisanal hypocrisy in the PNW

Seattle's impending car-centric mega-tunnel: a chat with urbanist Cary Moon

Despite their ostentatious talk on climate, many Pacific Northwest political leaders don't seem to be making the transportation connection. Nowhere is that more evident than in the fight over how to replace Seattle's crumbling Alaskan …

Socialized driving

Making car-sharing a carbon-sharing service

The internet has brought us peer-to-peer music sharing and peer-to-peer lending. Now get ready for peer-to-peer car sharing.

Gray areas

Does urbanism have to be black and white?

When I look around, I mostly see only one type of person associated with the urbanist label: young, white, and male. Not many young, black and female, like me. It shouldn't be that way.

Walk this way

Study finds people in walkable communities are happier

Living in a place where you can get where you need to go on foot can put a spring in your step.

Urban Family Values

Family-friendly Detroit. Yes, you heard that right

It's safe to say that Detroit hasn't topped any recent "best places to raise a family" lists. And yet there are a surprising number of people who are choosing to raise their children there. Some …

States and cities are already preparing for climate change

Many states aren’t waiting for the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — they’re taking matters into their own hands. And according to the speakers at a COP16 side event I attended on Wednesday, …