Chinampas, or floating gardens — small artificial islands full of crops, built up on shallow lake beds — once sustained the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, producing multiple harvests every year. They still exist in Mexico City, for now.
Yonkers, N.Y., needed a facelift, and it found one, beneath the city streets, in a river that hadn’t been seen in living memory.
Check out the smallest studio apartment you can build by law in California: It’s 160 square feet, and it includes a bevy of space-saving measures.
“Well, let me state it unequivocally: I love sprawl,” says L. Brooks Patterson, county executive of Oakland County, Mich.
Americans work on average two hours out of every day to pay for their cars. A bicycle costs only 3.84 minutes.
Now that climate change means the Sun Belt is becoming the Drought Belt, you might want to head north.
Americans’ ideal home size declined to 2,100 square feet from a peak of 2,300, according to real estate research firm Trulia.
Americans want a car-free existence, which means that around 40 million large-lot exurban McMansions might never find occupants.
It was very important to people’s happiness to see their city of residence as beautiful — but not at all important to see their city as clean.