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Cities of the Future

How Chicago became the city of green shoulders

What started as a simple beautification project -- flower planters, parkways, and whatnot -- eventually led Chicago to take on the larger challenge of green building. A leading architect describes how leadership from the mayor's office, key changes in the …

Cities of the Future

Chicago takes the LEED in eco building

Skyscrapers and other enormous buildings are environmental horror shows. So you might think that Chicago -- birthplace of the skyscraper and home to nine of the world's 100 tallest buildings -- is like a City of the Eco-Damned. Not so. …

Gubernatorial tutorial: What's at stake in your governor's race?

Michigan governor’s race: Snyder vs. Bernero

Michigan Republican Rick Snyder is a high-tech venture capitalist, a one-time Nature Conservancy board member, and a Smart Growth backer who talks about investing in transit and reining in sprawl. And he could well become governor of a state with …

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Friday music blogging: Arcade Fire

You can bet an artist is grappling with questions of place and home and belonging when she belts out a line like, "Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small / that we can never get away from the sprawl …

Follow a drop of water

How to restore the Colorado River

Jonathan Waterman, author of Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River, brought together two experts from either end of the river to talk about what's happened to the Colorado over the years, and how to …

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How bad are the next few years going to suck?

Really bad. That's how bad they're going to suck.

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PACE homeowners must pay up before refinancing, Fannie and Freddie say

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said today that homeowners must pay off PACE assessments before refinancing their mortgages.

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Guerrilla art takes bike activism to the streets [SLIDESHOW]

In homage to those positive and creative forces pushing non-gas pedals across the nation, we invite you to strap on a helmet and steer yourself through these artistic examples of bike activism taken quite literally to the streets.

Food Feeding the City

Smart cities are (un)paving the way for urban farmers and locavores

Across the U.S., cities are buckling up their green belts and introducing legislation to foster local-food production of everything from cucumbers to yellow limes, reports Kerry Trueman for Grist's Feeding the City series. Because nobody wants to get caught with …