Cities

Your bike called. It wants to know where you are

Running bike-sharing networks through smartphones

Useful innovation or U.N. conspiracy? It's tough to tell.

mcLovin It!

American appetite for big homes is falling

Trulia released some compelling charts and graphs illustrating recent opinion research showing what might be the end of the McMansion. Even in Texas.

stranded commuter blues

Why our railways suck (in two graphs)

The Amtrak mess that left commuters stranded this week just goes to show you transit just isn't as reliable. People prefer to drive. Except not.

Soul survivors

From Motown to Growtown: The greening of Detroit

Where factories once flourished, hope sprouts in Detroit's urban gardens and farms, and projects like Greening Detroit.

Grassroots financing is underwriting a new crop of neighborhood businesses

In the summer of 2008, business partners Jessica Stockton Bagnulo and Rebecca Fitting were making plans to open a bookstore in Brooklyn. Their chosen neighborhood, …

greenwash alert

Isolated green buildings won't save the planet, TEDsters argue

Everyone in the green-buildings world already understands this -- if they're halfway informed and halfway honest. Who exactly are the writers refuting? Real-estate marketers.

Power play at city hall

22 cities that are smart about energy

Several cities around the country are finding ways to get smart about energy, at the same time saving money and pumping up their eco cred.

get on it

Bikes for urban mobility

My current commute bike is an early-80's vintage Specialized Rockhopper. It's time for an upgrade. But ... the choices! What's the best urban bike?

Who needs jobs and less traffic anyway?

Can conservatives ride the 'no train' to victory?

Could high-speed rail opposition determine the outcome of governor's races and stall the Obama administration's efforts to modernize our nation?