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Out of room on the ground? Go build a house on top of a mall

No matter how much evidence we trot out about how dense living is superior, someone’s always going to demur because they want a big house with a big yard. And you can only get those in the suburbs, right? Well, …

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Honda Miimo is basically a Roomba for your lawn

Can you imagine just being able to sit around and watch television all weekend on your massive energy-sucking flat screen while someone else niftily, sustainably, mowed your lawn? Someone you didn’t have to pay? Someone you didn’t even have to …

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Five reasons to shop at thrift stores

An endless quest for the latest fashion trends is money-draining, space-consuming, wasteful, and takes a toll on the environment. Here's why a shift to thrift is worth it.

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Bill Koch is building a cool Wild West town and you can’t come

The billionaire oil magnate's faux town will never be open to the public.

Living

Ask Umbra: Help! I’m in a tight(s) spot

A reader wonders about eco-friendly leggings. Umbra unrolls some no-nonsense advice.

Living

Older boomers help shift driving trends into reverse

Because driving rates peak in midlife, the aging of the baby boom generation will lead to a drop in per-capita driving.

Cities

New York’s bike-sharing program gets bumped to 2013

The mayor blames a software problem. The real issue, as with everything in New York, is the Yankees.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Kiddie pools

Is there a greener alternative to vinyl kiddie pools? Umbra wades in.

Living

Resisting the temptation: The ultimate no-processed-food challenge

According to foodie gospel, processed foods are the product of the Evil Empire. Grist’s green-living pioneer wants to see if she can live without them in even the most difficult situations.