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.


Millennials love cities because they provide the one thing their boomer parents couldn’t give them

Why is Gen Y migrating to the cities? Because millennials are craving the things they didn’t get in their suburban upbringings, like connectedness and adventure.


Detroit residents are turning the city into suburbs

Detroit is undergoing a remarkable process of un-building, its residents literally transforming its denser neighborhoods into sparse suburbs.


Adorable video of kids on wheels in the bike-friendliest place on earth

There is a city in which 80 percent of residents commute to work by bicycle, even in winter. And they train their young to do the same!


How successful cities are like marijuana

In comparison to other crops, the relatively high value of pot is a good metaphor for a city's decision to invest in its downtown versus sprawl, says Joe Minicozzi, the new projects director at Public Interest Projects.


Slow ride: Buses are the new vehicles of youth rebellion

The experts tell us that driving has lost its cool for young Americans. Opinions vary as to why. We found an actual young person -- Grist’s own Claire Thompson -- to help explain.


Gallery walls: Cities embrace street art as a ticket to success

This spring, Baltimore joins a growing list of cities that have co-opted an illegal art form, turning it into a tool for economic development. But in the clear light of day, can street art stay true to its roots?


Need a ride? Check out London’s mobile bike library

A bus and a library make most people think of boring days locked inside a school — unless that bus holds an AWESOME mobile bike library! Meet London’s Bicycle Library: This roving bike provider lets Londoners “check out” a bike, …


Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways

A new report calls urban highways “a failed experiment,” and suggests that cities have much to gain from trading in blacktop for parks and new development.