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From Hot Wheels to No Wheels

A decade from now, nobody will own their own car.

Private car ownership is going the way of the dodo, says a manifesto published by Lyft co-founder John Zimmer. Instead, you'll subscribe to your ride.

Yinz Get Aht

How is Pittsburgh observing Self-Driving Uber Media Day?

The national media is pretty hype on the colossally unprofitable startup's rollout of its self-driving cars.

California dreamin'

California has a lot of kinks to work out on its ambitious new climate goal.

Just saying you'll cut a ton of emissions won't cut it.


Austin dims its lights, everyone + science wins

A city council decision to invest $15 million in efficient lighting is not only a smart move, it's part of a great tradition started in Silicon Valley.

Election 2012

Romney, once an anti-sprawl crusader, created model for Obama ‘smart growth’ program

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney fought sprawl and promoted density -- another set of issues on which he looks to be seriously out of sync with the Tea Party and the GOP base.


Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit

The Guerrilla Grafters play Frankenstein with ornamental city trees by splicing branches that yield fruit for the common good. But not everyone's happy: Their pursuit of fruit isn't exactly legal.

Green Home

Geek legend hacks together an off-grid smart home

Loren Amelang is a pioneer in C++ programming, and his homebrewed live/work space is a monument to sustainable geekery.


Wooden skyscrapers are like log cabins on steroids

When most folks think “wooden building,” they conjure up images of rustic log cabins or ye olde fashioned outhouses. Architect Michael Green wants to whittle something decidedly more modern out of wood: skyscrapers.