Infrastructure

Transportation

4 out of 5 top transit cities are on the East Coast

Walk Score put together a list of the country’s top transit cities, based on the company’s transit scores for more 1 million locations in the largest 25 cities with open public transit data. (Lack of data meant Atlanta and Phoenix were left out.) And, surprisingly, four out of the top five are on the East Coast: New York (No. 1), Boston (No. 3), D.C. (No. 4), and Philadelphia (No. 5). San Francisco (of course!) is the one West Coast spoiler. (You can check out the full list is below the jump.) I was surprised to see Boston and, in particular, …

Pollution

Surreal, weirdly beautiful photo of planetary destruction seen from space

Some things that look awful up close can look kind of beautiful from space. Like this enormous open-pit copper mine in northern Chile.

Infrastructure

287 coastal energy facilities at risk from sea-level rise

Sea levels are rising, which means that there’s a greater risk of floods that reach well over the high tide mark. By 2030, the risk that coastal floods will go four feet or more over high tide will have doubled, Climate Central reports. And in that zone lie 287 energy facilities — power plants, natural gas facilities, and oil and gas refineries — that now stand a greater chance of getting an unexpected bath. The state most likely to be screwed by this state of affairs is, of course, Louisiana. Not only is it full of oil and gas infrastructure, …

Infrastructure

Charming video explains where traffic comes from and how to fix it

Millennials love cities because they provide the one thing their boomer parents couldn’t give them

Why is Gen Y migrating to the cities? Because millennials are craving the things they didn’t get in their suburban upbringings, like connectedness and adventure.

America’s largest urban Superfund site gets cute new mascot

In order to get people excited about the process of turning the canal into something that will stop depressing local property values, the Gowanus Community Advisory Group has decided that the project needs a mascot.

Cities

Detroit residents are turning the city into suburbs

Detroit is undergoing a remarkable process of un-building, its residents literally transforming its denser neighborhoods into sparse suburbs.

Cities

How successful cities are like marijuana

In comparison to other crops, the relatively high value of pot is a good metaphor for a city's decision to invest in its downtown versus sprawl, says Joe Minicozzi, the new projects director at Public Interest Projects.

Cities

Kate Zidar: A sewershed grows in Brooklyn

Salvaging a notoriously polluted urban creek takes nerds of steel.

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