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Black Hawk down

Colorado town won't play nice with bicyclists — but its casino will

You may remember the small town of Black Hawk, Colo., for its recent ban on cycling because bikes were getting in the way of all its casino traffic. Which makes it the perfect destination for a bicycling group's next getaway, says one Black Hawk casino.

GINK gone bad!

Discovery hostage taker was a population-obsessed eco-wacko

It's not often that natalism makes the news -- and with guns and hostages, no less! But population is in the headlines today thanks to James J. Lee, the eco-wacko hostage-taker.

Flowing, flowing, flowing into the future

How to restore the Colorado River

Jonathan Waterman, author of Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River, brought together two experts from either end of the river to talk about what's happened to the Colorado over the years, and how to get more water flowing in the future.

little red righting the 'hood

My Intentional Life: Hot Flies in the Summertime, Part 2

The roommates try to deal with an infestation of white flies in their new urban garden. Check out the web comic!

color inside the lanes

Guerrilla art takes bike activism to the streets [SLIDESHOW]

In homage to those positive and creative forces pushing non-gas pedals across the nation, we invite you to strap on a helmet and steer yourself through these artistic examples of bike activism taken quite literally to the streets.

The Young and Not-So-Restless

Fewer and fewer young people are driving — but why?

American teenagers simply don't drive as much as they used to. But should we really chalk it up to the internet and the digital revolution?

Statistics help a mom cut the car seat tether

I rode the Seattle streetcar today with my nearly two-year-old daughter. It was her first “school” field trip, and her classmates had been excited about …

Lead Salad Days?

Ask Umbra on healthy soil for urban and suburban farmers and gardeners

A reader wants to know if urban dirt is safe for growing food. Is there lead in that urban farm salad? Umbra investigates and gives some savvy tips.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins: Five Years After Katrina, the Gulf Is Showing All of Us the Way Forward

As August draws to a close, we face a somber, sobering anniversary. Five years ago, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans …

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