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Cities

These conservatives make the case for vibrant cities. Most of their friends ignore them.

A few conservative intellectuals are speaking out against sprawl, and for denser "new urbanist" development. Sadly, their arguments will never gain traction.

Food

Watch Mark Bittman explain the virtues of fast food

Bittman's new cookbook explains, step-by-step, how to cut all the dilly-dallying out of meal-making.

Breathing Buildings

Bosco Verticale is Italian for dope urban treehouse

This just in: We no longer have to choose between living in the city or the forest.

Living

You know it’s good when your biggest transportation problem is too many cyclists

We can learn some things about public transportation from how the Dutch handle their bike traffic jams.

vegan malaise

Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.

Have fun eating air.

Politics

Clean energy advocates need to speak up if they want black lawmakers to hear them

Why are some African-American lawmakers taking their cues from the fossil-fuel industry? They're not getting the other side of the story.

Climate & Energy

Now congressional Republicans are digging through scientists’ grant proposals

Rep. Lamar Smith has launched an aggressive campaign against what he sees as misguided money management at the National Science Foundation.

Climate & Energy

Is there hope for West Virginia as it moves away from coal?

Not as much as we might like, because next the state will fixate on fracking for natural gas, as West Virginia native Jeff Young explains.

Business & Technology

What’s the best solar charger for my cellphone?

A reader needs a better solar charger, and he's buying on a budget. Umbra plugs him in.

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