Cities

Cities

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?

The climate conundrum

Texans should brace for more rainstorms, more drought, and more headaches

Climate change is doing a number on the Lone Star State.

Cities

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

Seattle is involved in a slow-motion catastrophe, as construction of a new car-centric tunnel grinds to a halt and cost overruns loom.

CRACKS OUT

Ever heard of a self-healing building? Just wait

This nifty "bio-concrete" might help buildings stand a little longer.

cod piece

Seattle’s smart plan to remake its streets

The key: Making room for bikes, buses, and other mass transit, and no new concessions for cars.

Science

Climate forecast for Seattle: warmer and wetter, with a chance of deluge

Increasingly intricate climate models suggest that Seattle will be warmer and wetter on average -- but it's not averages that the city is worried about.

Food

90 percent of our diets could be local — but only if we nix Big Ag

If we completely revolutionize our entire farm system, most of our diets could come from locally grown food, according to a new study.

Who killed the gayborhood? A Grist podcast investigation

Join us as we explore the effects of woo girls and tech money on Seattle's Capitol Hill. Special guests include Dan Savage.

Cities

In Seattle, the rent is too damn high

Tech booms, bad government, and money-hungry developers: Inside Seattle's insane housing market, and how it got that way.