Cities

The Biggest Loser (of energy waste): UNC dormitory

A UNC dorm tops a Biggest-Loser-style contest between 14 buildings to see which could cut the most energy waste. Hooray!

The Senate livability bill has no teeth. That’s okay

The administration wants to curb sprawl and promote walkable neighborhoods through incentives, not mandates. Relax, critics -- the market's going to help on this one.

Will Los Angeles ever be something besides a "suburban metropolis"?

In the Los Angeles Times, architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne writes about the widening gap between those who favor a denser, more pedestrian-friendly LA and those who would prefer to remain in their cars.

In New York's bike lanes, who are the real scofflaws?

There's a tendency to talk about people who ride bikes as though they're a lawless bunch of yahoos. A new study shows that they are simply, like all other people, responding to an environment that doesn't always serve their needs.

Why attitudes can be as important as infrastructure

The new police chief of the Iranian city of Esfahan has decreed it a crime for women to ride a bike or roller-skate in public.

Friday music blogging: Mark Ronson & the Business Intl

Mark Ronson is the hipster's hipster. He was born of wealthy London socialites, came to renown DJing at downtown New York City hot spots, became a successful producer (he's responsible for Amy Winehouse's debut), released a few acclaimed solo albums, …

Does new public transit increase gentrification and lower ridership?

Smart Planet points us to a report from the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University that concludes that new transit can lead to gentrification.

New Apple store in Chicago means shiny new train station, but who will fix the rest of the system?

Apple paid $4 million to renovate a dilapidated transit station near its new Chicago store. Great. But what if you don't live near an Apple store?

A very impressive two weeks for the federal sustainability partnership

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities has announced an impressive amount of federal assistance to sustainability projects across the country.