FOCUS: Sustainability

THE SUSTAINABILITY CHANNEL

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Slowing Down Cars Saves Lives. So Why Is Toronto's Mayor So Opposed?

Lowering speed limits can greatly cut down on pedestrian injuries. But Rob Ford thinks one such proposal is "nuts."

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Haiku of the Day: Beware Bikers

A sign in Brooklyn reminds drivers to look out for riders.

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A Visual Guide to the Potential of Urban Agriculture

An animation shows how a variety of urban spaces can become miniature farms.

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Regional Planning Done Right

How two communities came together to design more sustainable neighborhoods.

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Estonia's Capital Pursues Free Public Transit

Tallinn's mayor wants it to be the flagship of Europe's green movement. 

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The Secret Energy Drain on Cities: Streetlights

San Diego County has made it easy for its cities to convert to energy-efficient streetlights.

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Nashville's New, Hypergreen Park

A 6.5-acre, nature-inspired space opens as part of the city's riverfront revitalization plan.

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In Defense of the Electric Bicycle, from the Bottom of a Steep Hill in San Francisco

I don't care what you purists think, these e-bikes are a godsend to hilly cities everywhere.

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Jakarta Is Sinking Itself Into the Ocean

Groundwater pumping and rising sea levels could leave millions flooded out of their homes.

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The Greening of China's Smoky Funeral Rites

Instead of burning paper money to honor their deceased relatives, many Chinese people are choosing to just write a check.

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Urban Heat Island Effect Upside: It Can Be Good for Trees

Warmer temperatures help city trees grow eight times faster.

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What Cities Can Learn From Toronto's Green Roof Policy

Already, 1.2 million square feet of green space have been added to the city.

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One Thing Missing from the Urban Farm Movement: Farmers

With few skilled farmers, many urban gardens become victims of neglect.

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Why Smart Growth Can't Be the Only Answer

Smart growth policies are important, but they're not enough.

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Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions

New estimates find that moving toward sustainability can greatly reduce energy and water treatment costs.

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How Building Beautiful Spaces Can Foster Environmentalism

A focus on placemaking can drive the green movement.

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Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

ArrivalStar claims it invented live transit alerts. Your apps, taxpayer dollars, and the open data movement are all at stake.

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What Makes Some Cities Greener Than Others

The economic factors behind pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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What Developers Get Wrong About Smart Growth

Cities need higher densities, but they also need green space.