Cities

Cities

Pittsburgh screwed its residents by hiring a private water manager

A lawsuit against the company that manages Pittsburgh's water -- and that has cut residents off based on erroneous bills -- shows the downside of privatization.

Cities

To create more affordable housing, build more mass transit

Adding new subway lines, trains, and bus routes makes nearby housing more attractive -- and more economical for people who need to commute to jobs.

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Tent cities: Seattle’s unique approach to homelessness

To hold back a rising tide, Seattle has embraced an approach that other cities have outlawed.

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13 cities that have priced out millenials from buying a home

Hey snake person, want to live in New York City? Or worse, San Francisco? Fuggedaboutit.

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Think Detroit has it rough now? Just wait ‘til climate change gets ahold of it

But there are lots of things the city can do to prepare.

Living

Somehow, Seattle musicians are still killing it

Watch us chat with Tacocat, the palindromic stars of Seattle's music scene, about feminist punk, public transit, and Macklemore.

Living

Should I replace my brown lawn with artificial turf?

A California homeowner wonders about fake grass. Umbra rolls out a better answer.

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Is Amazon’s new Seattle HQ the ultimate tech utopia?

Unlike many of its dot-com peers, Amazon has staked its claim in the city, rather than the suburbs. Now all it needs is more housing. And some nightlife. And...

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Can we get people to move back to Detroit?

Once-mighty old industrial cities could sustain much larger populations, and that would be good for the environment. But is it realistic?