Building blocks

One Dallas neighborhood revives its streets with some DIY energy

The Better Block project in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas aims to bring life to streets that had been left for dead. And people around the country are starting to take notice.

Citified superstores

Walmart goes urban: be careful what we wish for?

Walmart plans to expand into urban markets with smaller stores that carry fresh food. Is this a good thing?

Moving violations

Green Party candidate's mother calls for tougher laws on hit-and-run

The mother of Natasha Pettigrew, the Green Party candidate for Senate in Maryland who was killed by the driver of an SUV while riding her bike earlier this week, is mourning the loss of her …

Get your Motown running

Getting past "ruin porn" in Detroit [VIDEO]

A series of short films shows Detroit not as a shell of the past, but as an incubator of the future.


Maryland Green Party Senate candidate killed by SUV while cycling

Natasha Pettigrew, a Maryland Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, died late Monday, two days after a Cadillac Escalade hit her while she was bicycling.

Driving themselves crazy

It's World Car-Free Day, and that makes some people nervous

World Car-Free Day is today, Sept. 22. It's a relatively modest affair. So why is one right-wing think tank so threatened by it?

Breathing easier

American Lung Association study shows that smart growth could save lives

If doctors designed communities, says the American Lung Association in California, there would be a lot less sprawl and a lot fewer people driving cars.

Ready to roll

Washington, D.C., launches the nation's largest bike share program

Capital Bikeshare is the largest such program in the United States to date. Maybe someday, it'll be as popular as the ones in Europe. Hey, we can hope.

Take it with a grain of pharmaceutical salt

Water treatment plant yields gourmet drug-infused seasoning!

You can now sprinkle hand-harvested salt from San Francisco Bay on your food -- if you dare.