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Cities of the Future

22 cities that are smart about energy

Several cities around the country are finding ways to get smart about energy, at the same time saving money and pumping up their eco cred.

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Bikes for urban mobility

My current commute bike is an early-80's vintage Specialized Rockhopper. It's time for an upgrade. But ... the choices! What's the best urban bike?

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Can conservatives ride the 'no train' to victory?

Could high-speed rail opposition determine the outcome of governor's races and stall the Obama administration's efforts to modernize our nation?

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Senate bill would make energy-efficient mortgages mainstream

Heating, cooling, and electrifying a home costs money -- more than the average family pays for property taxes. Shouldn't homeowners pay attention to those costs? Shouldn't mortgage lenders? A bill backed by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) would direct banks to …

Food Feeding the City

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 which to grow.

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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 be a Very Serious event …

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‘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.

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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 a location is by buses …

Food Feeding the City

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 Hanson for Feeding the City.