This nutty professor lives in a dumpster

Jeff Wilson has moved into a 33-square-foot trash container in an effort to create a "low-impact, zero-net-waste" life.


Good news! Creeks are safer for swimming

Bad news: Creeks aren't safer for swimming if you are a bug.


Why Americans love to hate the train — and always have

A cross-country train trip serves as a reminder that Big Rail once called all the shots, until we pushed back against its reshaping of the U.S. landscape.


How to give a community a soul

Charming neighborhoods are not magic. They can be developed with smart public policy.


Get paid to make your commute awesome

Got an idea for how to make the daily trek less awful? This contest could make your dream come true.


When adding bike lanes actually reduces traffic delays

In New York, smart street design helped the city have its safety and its speed, too.

Business & Technology

Google trend watch: The indoors are the new outdoors

Google brings backpacking indoors with a very sexy and subtle new virtual mapping device!

Climate & Energy

What do the new climate rules have to do with my kid’s asthma?

The EPA is selling its new power plant regulations as a salve for polluted communities. But the devil is in the details.


What makes a neighborhood cool?

Is the Upper East Side surpassing Brooklyn in coolness, as some commentators claim? No, and here's why.

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