Cities

Climate & Energy

Meet Obama’s chief resilience officer

Harriet Tregoning, a rock star in the world of smart growth and urban planning, is now the head of HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience.

Business & Technology

Tesla co-founder wants to reinvent the … garbage truck?

Ian Wright wants to electrify big autos -- and when cleaning up the streets, where better to start than with garbage trucks?

Shrinking Pains

Micro-living isn’t just a Portlandia sketch — it’s my life

This fictional home has a bathtub and I don’t even have a bathroom sink, but I get it: Tiny living is not easy.

Defuster-Clucking

We love this fake plan to turn Seattle’s fusterclucked tunnel into a park

Bertha is still stuck, but locals have a plan to upcycle the unfinished highway tunnel under downtown.

Climate & Energy

Care about global climate change? Then fight local air pollution

The dirty fuels that cause particulate pollution are the same dirty fuels that cause global warming -- another great reason to crack down on them.

Climate & Energy

What a 20-year biomass battle tells us about environmental justice policy

A recent news story held up a wood-burning power plant as the poster child for the EPA's civil rights failures. But the issue is not black and white.

Let’s take it back to the old school

Tiny apartments: The new trend that’s not actually new

Decades ago, lots of Americans lived in rooming houses and residential hotels. Today's micro-pods are just resurrecting a good old idea.

Living

19 badass Little Free Libraries spotted by our readers

Tiny libraries made from bicycle parts, painted in Hufflepuff colors, and crafted with stained glass? Knowledge can be dangerous and adorable.

Climate & Energy

Balmy or blizzards? U.S. coasts are experiencing opposite winters

The recent bout of winter weather has painted the middle of the country and the East Coast in white, while the West has been downright hot.

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