When I learned that water isn't supposed to have a taste

Turning on your faucet shouldn't be a high-risk venture. Cities and towns shouldn't have to worry that the water lost in leaky pipes will mean ongoing shortages or usage restrictions. But these concerns are already cropping up in communities throughout …

Chilean miners rescued, carnage continues on American roads

The world watched as 33 lives were saved. But in the two months since the miners were trapped, more than 6,500 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Why can't we pay attention to that?

Redesigning our cities for the dawning age of global freshwater scarcity

The next urban evolution cannot occur unless we reinvent urban water supply and management to meet the demands of the age of freshwater scarcity.

When the man in the street is your friend

Tom was always there outside the bodega, until he wasn't. And we realized what we had lost.

Why we need to change the way we spend on transportation

We've been doing transportation planning wrong for generations. And our economy is paying for it.

In Los Angeles, people come out to play when streets are closed to cars [VIDEO]

"We can take a ... street that's usually filled with cars and congestion, blowing out pollution all around, and clear every car from that street, and create a canvas of what a community can look like when we get the …

NYC to use hybrid Zipcars for city employees

New York is the latest municipality to try car-sharing for city employees as a strategy for reducing costs and the number of automobiles on the street.

Farmers and travelers in a tar-sands boomtown

Stratospheric wages draw laborers from around the world to Fort McMurray, Alberta. So how does a booming oil workers' camp become a town?

Cities of the Future

The city that said no to garbage

If you want to keep garbage out of landfills, you have to stop thinking about it as garbage. Instead, think of it as resources. This is how Jack Macy thinks. He developed San Francisco’s trailblazing composting program and is currently …