Cities

Asphalt-y tours

Urban farms around America are breaking through concrete and hitting sustainable paydirt [SLIDESHOW]

From mid-May through July, Grist readers followed along as the Breaking through Concrete guys hit the highway to visit a couple dozen urban farms across America. Here, they sum up their trip and share some …

saving face by saving pace

Why won’t Team Obama save a clean-energy program from Fannie and Freddie?

The Obama administration has taken modest measures to help rescue a promising clean-energy finance tool, but it hasn't put its top people on the case. If it did, there's reason to think PACE could be …

Food not flowers

Smart city governments grow produce for the people

Civic-minded local government officials from Baltimore, Md., to Bainbridge Island, Wash. are ripping out camellias and planting chard that's free for the taking instead, reports Public Produce author Darrin Nordahl. Dig into the next installment …

the monster mash

China to breed humongous bus-subway hybrid that swallows traffic

There may be 9 million bicycles in Beijing, but there's also a heck of a lot of traffic. To deal with all those wheels, Chinese innovators have come up with a Futurama-esque solution: a new …

HOUSE RULES

How to make Smart Growth affordable

If you live in a walkable, transit-connected neighborhood, you'll probably spend less on transportation. Perhaps mortgage lenders should take note. Here's how smarter mortgages could crack the Smart Growth housing premium.

Dude, where's your car?

For Hollywood, carlessness is ‘symbolic castration’

Why does the film industry have such contempt for the carless? Good question.

Bon voyage

Paris hopes to expand car-sharing, limit car-burning

Paris already has one of the largest bike-sharing programs in the world; now it wants to add a car-sharing program, with all electric cars.

the mile-high bike club

Colorado: Denver mayor and guv candidate talks bike-sharing, light rail, and coal

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on a bike ride last week to show off B-cycle, the city's new bike-sharing program. He talks to Grist about urban mobility and his campaign for …

de-stimulated

California pulls home-energy stimulus funding in PACE dispute

More fallout from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's opposition to a popular clean-energy program.