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 …


‘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.


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.


How much do you spend on transport? New web app aims to show you

The cost of a home is easy to keep in mind. The cost of getting to and from it is not. A new web tool aims to shed light on transportation costs and nudge Americans away from sprawl.


New Walk Score assumes you won’t swim to the grocery store

A great tool gets better.

Business & Technology

Colorado Springs goes dark, Lexington goes bright

Dickens begins his novel with the famous line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Were he writing today about the two American cities -- Lexington, Mass. and Colorado Springs, Colo. -- he might say, …

Cities of the Future

Arid El Paso makes every drop count

Deep in the desert, El Paso has found a way to conserve its precious water. Despite a growing population, water usage has actually gone down.

Cities of the Future

Wading into a water war between two countries and two states

Ed Archuleta, of the El Paso Water Utilities, had to figure out how to make water resources last while sharing them with Mexico and another state.