“Miracle garden” brings life, and food, to the urban wasteland

For 25 years, a devoted group of residents has tended a garden in a former dumping ground in East Baltimore. Its chief caretaker calls it "God's little acre."


Street-smart seeds: How to grow a garden that feels at home in the city

New York's Zach Pickens resurrects the ancient art of seed saving -- with a focus on plants that thrive on rooftops and fire escapes.


An urban farming oasis is saved from the bulldozer blade

When the city of Cincinnati announced plans to level a deep-rooted urban garden to make way for housing development, locals fought back -- and won.


Lose the girdle: Sustainable ‘Mad Men’ fashion for plus-sized awesome

Anslee Connell is one of the few full-figured designers making her fare out of recycled fabrics. And she hopes her work will empower women to feel good and do something awesome.


Red, Bike & Green wants to shift the color balance in bicycling

The Bay Area's bicycling culture was lacking in the diversity department. Jenna Burton set out to change that.


Glenn Ross gives ‘toxic tours’ of neighborhoods you’ve seen in ‘The Wire’

Want to sell inner-city residents on the importance of environmental protection? Don't talk to them about saving the seals, says this lifelong Baltimore resident.


Sims’ city: Urban America, as seen by Obama’s former HUD boss

Former HUD bigwig Ron Sims talks about Obama’s urban policies, suburban sprawl, and tackling unemployment and the climate crisis at the same time.

Going, going, gonzo: A famously twisted mind tackles the extinction crisis with a wicked pen

Ralph Steadman, the illustrator who collaborated with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, has a new book out about vanished species, both real and imagined.

Business & Technology

Markese Bryant: From the mean streets to the green economy

When he was 20, Bryant was arrested for selling crack cocaine. Today, he's fighting to give African American youth opportunities that he never had.

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