Cities

cease and dismount

Biking–not casinos–banned in small Colorado town

In the 100-person town of Black Hawk, Colorado, you’re free to gamble away your savings at any of its fine casinos, but you better get …

wasted space

Tell me again why we mandate parking at bars?

They’re not all this big, but you get the pointPhoto: jgrimm FlickrOne of the silliest barriers to green urban development is mandatory sprawl, i.e. local …

slide to the ride

Why, yes, mass transit stations should always have a slide

I submit that slides automatically up the fun factor of nearly any place in the world. Try to think of a place that is solemn …

PACE IN THE HOLE

Fannie and Freddie attack clean-energy plan

Few new ideas brighten the faces of clean-energy advocates as much as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, the Berkeley-born financing tool that’s spreading quickly …

keeping score

Measuring neighborhood diversity and liveliness with ‘JaneScore’

Perhaps you know about Walk Score, the delightfully intuitive tool that calculates how walkable a neighborhood is and ranks it on a 100-point scale. (My …

spokes-models

Hottie bikers in Miami Beach, Complete Streets in St. Louis

Ten minutes of biking a day and you too can look like this.Decobike.comSpend enough time watching the Senate dither on the climate threat/energy quest/defining challenge …

Eight-minute abs, also, are good

Portland Mayor Sam Adams wants ’20-minute neighborhoods’

Newish Portland Mayor Sam Adams wants to build more “20-minute neighborhoods” in his fair city. From a Fast Company interview: We’re also working to make …

Rhymes with Sjöstad

Local power: tapping distributed energy in 21st-century cities

Hammarby Sjostad “eco-cycle”Source: HammarbySjostad.de Residents of Hammarby Sjöstad, a district on the south side of Stockholm, Sweden, don’t let their waste go to waste. Every …

MEGA slow mania

A return to the land, and fresh food, in the backyards of the Delta

January 2011 update: Many of the photos have been removed from this series so they can be published in a Breaking Through Concrete book, forthcoming …