Family

  • The road to success

    Do you live in one of the nation’s ‘smartest regions for transportation’?

    You might not see much similarity between More people walk to work in Boston than in any other city in the country.Photo: Steve MinorYolo County, Calif., with its open farmland and small cities, and the densely packed streets of New …

  • Winning ways

    Philips wants to reward some innovative urban ideas

    A rendering showing how rooftops in Sana’a, Yemen, could be used to collect water.The ideal of smart cities — technologically advanced, forward-thinking, and green — is big in corporate circles these days. IBM has its “Smarter Cities” program, Cisco has …

  • Urban family values

    Family values for population hawks: adopting a foster child

    Photo: jrodmanjrLast month, Lisa Hymas posted a list of eight things all of us can do about population. It was a great roundup (my favorite was No. 4), but I’d like to add an item: If you really want to …

  • DIY Culture

    Ask Umbra on making yogurt at home, with or without electricity

    Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, I bought a yogurt maker in Germany eight years ago that consists of a glass jar and a sturdy styrofoam container. It cost about $20, works wonderfully, and doesn’t require electricity. Why can’t …

  • your water wings for the dating pool

    TreeShagger: 10 great green date ideas

    Welcome to TreeShagger, our new column on green dating. If you’ve got green dating questions, send ’em our way! So Valentine’s Day came and went, and you’re in the doghouse since you couldn’t get a reservation at Olivebee’s Factory? Cheer …

  • WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE INSECTING

    Beware, moms-to-be: Insecticides could make your kids dumber

    No raid for you.Photo: Dhini van HeerenStop huffing the Raid, moms: In other “sh*t that makes kids dumber” news, toddlers’ brains developed more slowly if their mothers inhaled a lot of a common insecticide ingredient while pregnant, according to a …

  • Grains of truth

    Ask Umbra Book Club: Did Paleolithic hunter-gatherers eat healthier than we do today?

    Corn of plenty? Maybe not so much.Photo: Big Grey MareDearest readers, Welcome to the second day of our conversation of At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. You can catch up on yesterday’s chat here. If …

  • You Don't Have to Grow Up

    On eco-architecture and urban farming: Are you kidding me with your f-ing farm skyscraper?

    Find a place, do some work, grow some stuff: it ain’t rocket science.Photo: Tracie LeeJust last summer, Broke-Ass was invited to speak on a panel at the New York Horticultural Society with such luminaries of the environmental architectural movement as …