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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 it as a grand opportunity.

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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.

Business & Technology

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.

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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.

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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 is art."

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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.

Business & Technology

Want Dinner with Leonardo DiCaprio and George Soros?

In New York last week for the Clinton Global Initiative and United Nations Week, I attended a small dinner party late one night that featured film star Leonardo DiCaprio, billionaire philanthropist/investor George Soros, the President of the central African nation …

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How one Swedish city gets people to trade silly car trips for bikes [VIDEO]

A clever public health campaign in Malmö, Sweden, is getting people onto bikes by making them feel silly for driving short distances when they could bike instead.

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Why an additional road tax for bicyclists would be unfair

People who ride bikes are already shelling out more than their share for asphalt. Here's why it makes good economic sense for cities to encourage cycling.