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.


Foot forward: Walkability is the key to fixing cities

Urban planner Jeff Speck's Theory of Walkability posits that cities designed for people, not cars, will be centers of growth in the 21st century. But he's not opposed to gassing up the car in the event of zombie attack.


In Boston, battling for bikes with (gasp!) civility and kindness

Jackie Douglas is crusading to make Beantown’s streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, but you won’t hear her calling names.


Gita Nanden says green design isn’t just for eco snobs

In Brooklyn's poorest neighborhood, one architect combines urban farming, smart design, and a little grit to draw the community into the process of creating a more sustainable city.

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