The city beautiful

Cities lead the way in action to halt climate change

The world's cities -- home to more than half of the human population -- are leading the way to a low-carbon future.

Unsafe at any speed

Virginia man is murdered after dispute over traffic calming

Stephen Carr wanted his street in suburban Virginia to be safer. He lobbied the state to have a speed hump installed. He was successful. And it may have gotten him killed.

Tunnel vision

New Jersey officials call temporary halt to new work on vital rail links

About 45 million New Jerseyans rode N.J. Transit trains last year. Does N.J. Gov. Chris Christie care about the future of the system that serves them?

Kick some asphalt

A Portland group pulverizes pavement to make way for green space

Have you ever gotten so sick of the sight of asphalt that you just wanted to take a sledgehammer to it and start smashing? Meet Depave, the Portland, Ore., group that lives the dream. Since …

Dwelling on green design

Green design finds a home in Dwell magazine [AUDIO]

Since its launch in 2000, the magazine Dwell has helped popularize green architecture and design. Alison Stewart of PBS speaks with editor Aaron Britt

disaster fatigue

The San Bruno gas fire and the futility of harping on fossil-fuel disasters

An explosion from a ruptured natural-gas line killed at least four people and destroyed an entire city block in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno on Thursday night. But people don't need hectoring told-you-so's …


Most walkable football stadiums

Walk Score ranks the most walkable NFL stadiums in honor of the season's kickoff. The really important public policy implication here is, uh, that's it's fun to look at it.

The Kids Aren't All Right

A shopping center tries to repel teens with the buzz of a powerful Mosquito

D.C.'s Gallery Place has gotten so fed up with teens lounging near the property that they've imported a device called the Mosquito to drive them off.

bike like an egyptian

Hundreds of bikes re-cycled into modern-day obelisk

The ancient Egyptians erected obelisks out of hundreds of pounds of stone. Modern Americans erect obelisks out of hundreds of bicycles. Check out whether they're compensating for something.