Cities

For whom the road tolls

Could pay-to-play lanes solve urban gridlock?

A reader wonders if HOT lanes, open to carpoolers and people with money to burn, are an improvement on standard HOV lanes. Umbra gets him out of his jam.

If Robin Hood turned to real estate ...

Here’s one idea for taxing the rich and making housing more affordable

A newly proposed "pied-à-terre tax" in New York City would apply to luxury homes owned by people who don’t actually live in the city.

Cities

Cities are lapping countries on climate action

Mayors and municipal governments are doing a lot, and can do a lot more, even while national governments are pathetic laggards.

Climate & Energy

The U.N.’s climate message is as tall as a skyscraper, and it’s gorgeous

The United Nations doesn't want the world to forget about climate change. And it's making big, flashy statements about it.

ocean city

To make our cities green, we have to think blue

What does a "blue city" look like, anyway? For starters, take a look at Rotterdam and Wellington.

Climate & Energy

This giant wind farm would dwarf the Hoover Dam

The $8 billion complex would send electricity from Wyoming to the city of Los Angeles, making the Hoover Dam look like a middle school science project.

Cities

Please, people, stop using bikes to whitesplain privilege

Recent stories use bicycling as either a proxy for white privilege, or a metaphor for explaining it to other white people. It's not working.

Living

What to do if you’re hit by a car while riding your bike

Here are five things you should do if you’re ever unlucky enough to be hit. And a shining example of what not to do.

Cities

Tackling climate change presents a “golden opportunity” for public health

Could improving public health help curb climate change?

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