Cities

Biking

New York deputy mayor: Bike lanes pretty cool, probably not terrorism

The New York magazine article we wrote about yesterday — the one about how New Yorkers are getting all het up about bike lanes and how they are akin to 9/11 — has prompted a response from the NYC mayor’s …

Politics

Rahm Emanuel could be f**king great for America’s cities

Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago? This is going to be f**king great.Photo: Adam FagenSo can the bull-headed, bare-knuckled, notoriously foul-mouthed Rahm Emanuel help save America’s cities? In May, the former Obama chief of staff will be sworn in (and …

Biking

Ewan McGregor makes biking almost disgustingly adorable

The sound you just heard was my ovaries exploding. Ewan McGregor knows the cool way to get around town: On a bike, with an absurdly adorable dog, in a little tweed cap, being as hot as possible as fast as …

Biking

New York’s bike lanes are ‘homegrown terrorism,’ say red-faced opponents

Photo: Kyle Gradinger“Share the Road” has one potential fatal flaw: It involves sharing, which a lot of purported adults haven’t really mastered. Matthew Shaer’s exhaustive history of the NYC bike lane struggle, in this week’s New York magazine, shows just …

Family

The sane person’s guide to bringing kids on public transit

Kids on the bus can be fun for everyone. Really.Photo: Roar PettersonRiding public transportation, as I’ve said before, is good for kids. And the presence of children on transit can enrich the experience for all riders. (Settle down, people! I …

Energy Efficiency

Cities with the most energy efficient buildings: L.A., Houston, Detroit, Dallas

It’s that time of year, when the United States Environmental Protection Agency releases its list of the top 10 American cities [PDF] with the most energy efficient buildings. In this case, that means commercial buildings that have earned an Energy …

Biking

How to deck your bike out like a Victorian gentleman

Photo: Walnut StudioloYou may not rock a velocipede, but that’s no reason why you shouldn’t be tooling around town looking like Sherlock Holmes. Step one: handsome vintagey leather bike accessories. Step 2: tweed helmet hat. Grow, purchase, or rent a …

Politics

Bahraini government tries to destroy a place that inspired its people

Protesters gathered at Bahrain’s Pearl Monument in February.Photo: Mahmoud Al-YousifThe Bahraini government is apparently hoping that by destroying the monument that gave the Pearl Roundabout its “placeness,” it will diffuse the energy of protesters who have been gathering there since …

Cities

Get freaked about hydrofracking: now!

Like the sign says.Photo: Not an AlternativeBabydolls, behold the obvious: The situation in Japan is horrendous. Indeed, it trumps anything else that might previously have fallen under the aegis of horrendous. Having said that, there is another horrendous environmental threat …