No vacancy

In the empty lots of Flatbush, students see possibility [VIDEO]

Middle school kids from Brooklyn turn a spotlight on their neighborhood's vacant lots.

Carless in Hollywood

'Mad Men' actor chooses transit over driving in autocentric Los Angeles

Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser is a successful actor in Los Angeles who doesn't own a car. He doesn't drive because he wants to interact with others.

Building nothing out of something

Striking images of disconnected streets and unwanted sprawl

Here's images of Florida sprawl, much of the development unfinished for lack of buyers, and all of it within a convenient walk of, well, nothing.

The Superfund site in my backyard

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal may be a toxic mess, but a lot of people love it

In spite of all the toxic crap that permeates it -- or more likely because of that toxic crap -- the Gowanus has become a focal point for artists, scientists, and urban planners who see …

crosstown ladies sing this song, do-da, do-da

New Mexico bus opera to give moving performances

The Crosstown #5 bus opera set to debut in Santa Fe will almost certainly be a ride you won't want to miss. Just sit back and let the music move you.


The case for super-ambitious Living Buildings. A talk with Jason McLennan

Seattle architect Jason McLennan created the Living Building Challenge, a standard far more demanding than the widely used LEED standard. Here's why.

planet b

Potentially habitable planet discovered. Climate backup plan complete

This means we've got our backup plan, and there's no need any more to deal with this thorny global warming problem.

outsider art

Urban revitalization via art contest in Grand Rapids, Mich.

My interest in the ArtPrize contest underway in Grand Rapids, Mich., stems from this line from Gene Duvernoy: "Cities are what's going to get us out of this mess ... and what makes cities livable …

And now, 'livability panels'

A chat with Earl Blumenauer about livable communities and right-wing paranoia

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) spoke with Grist about livability, paranoia, and spreading the success of Portland.