Driver kills boy on bike, sues boy's parents

A man convicted of manslaughter after hitting a 14-year-old boy with his car is now suing the kid's parents because they didn't make him wear a helmet.

Urban Family Values

Moving to the suburbs for your kids? Think again

Folks, if you live in a sprawling, autocentric community that requires you to drive your kids to the supermarket to buy their organic produce and to the local playfield to get their exercise, you're not …

Tend your own garden

Garden designer Lynden Miller says a healthy city needs beautiful parks

"Every human being responds to a connection with nature," says Lynden Miller, who has designed many of New York's most successful public gardens. "People of all kinds love something beautiful and will talk to each …

horticulture wars

Paint-and-seed grenade-launcher aims to bomb the blight out of America

Bomb the Blight founder Tommy Wilson is the latest to join the ranks of those pimping the pavement, and he's armed with seed bombs, paint, and an air cannon.

Slicker shock

Urban agriculture in West Oakland gets a $4 million boost

City Slicker Farms gets $4 million from the state to buy land for an "urban farm park" that will not only grow food for residents, but provide a safe place to play and hang out.

strange geometry

Ruin porn, exurban sprawl edition

A while back, Sarah noted the proliferation of Detroit "ruin porn" -- images and films that depict abandoned houses, crumbling factories, and desperately unemployed masses without showing that intelligent life does, in fact, remain in …

Curb your enthusiasm

Cafés will be popping up on the streets of New York

The New York City Department of Transportation is going to make it easier for you to park your rear end at a sidewalk café by taking away a bit of parking for cars.

Smarten up

If you want a model city, fix the one you've got

Cities achieve greatness because they are containers for difference -- places where people and ideas bump into each other, where assumptions are constantly challenged, where classes and attitudes rub shoulders and jostle each other. So …


Home Energy Score could be a much-needed MPG for houses

The score gives a simple 1-10 rating of a home's energy performance and then -- this is the exciting part! -- a higher score owners might achieve if they take recommended steps like adding insulation, …