Cities

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Seattle’s new urban-ag models are sprouting in friendly soil

Seattle's urban ag scene is flourishing, with innovative startup farms and organizations putting down roots alongside established ones. And with new legislation just passed Aug. 16, they will have even more room and resources with …

playing house

How Obama could make housing policy greener

On Tuesday, the Obama administration is holding a large summit on how to reshape federal housing policy and eventually offload mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which the government bailed out in 2008. It'll …

Auto-tune mashups

‘iPod zombie’ walkers are threatening the lives of innocent SUV drivers

I saw a 17-walker pileup just this morning on the way to work. Twisted limbs, spilled lattes, tangled earbud cords. It was horrific.

APP-ETISING

Walk Score team unveils Transit Score and two more apps

First there was Walk Score, the web tool that calculates how walkable a neighborhood is and ranks it on a 100-point scale. Today the same developers release Transit Score, an app that ranks how well-served …

NOLA contenders

New Orleans steps up its local-food game

New Orleans has the sense of a wild laboratory, with free-wheeling discussions about food security and plenty of action. It's partly because of Katrina's ruin, but it's also just part of the culture, reports David …

Abogo: Chicagoese for 'pay attention already'

How much do you spend on transport? New web app aims to show you

The cost of a home is easy to keep in mind. The cost of getting to and from it is not. A new web tool aims to shed light on transportation costs and nudge Americans …

no swimming

New Walk Score assumes you won’t swim to the grocery store

A great tool gets better.

A tale of two cities

Colorado Springs goes dark, Lexington goes bright

Dickens begins his novel with the famous line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Were he writing today about the two American cities -- Lexington, Mass. and Colorado Springs, …

Water conservation on the wild frontier

Arid El Paso makes every drop count

Deep in the desert, El Paso has found a way to conserve its precious water. Despite a growing population, water usage has actually gone down.