Sustainability

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Urbanizing the Suburban Food Chain

How a Portland foodstuff distributor brought his company into the city.

Why Community-Based Planning Works Better Than Anything Else

A Boston neighborhood comes together to solve severe disinvestment, illegal dumping, and lot vacancies.

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Recycling Victory of the Day: The Poo-Powered Tuk Tuk

A three-wheeled rickshaw powered by animal waste, courtesy of the Denver Zoo.

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What Communities Should Do To Protect Against Climate Change

Nine low-tech steps we can take to mitigate the effects of global warming.

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What's Missing From Universities' Sustainability Push

Lessons on environmentalism should be worked into course offerings, not just infrastructure.

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How El Paso Ended Up With America's Best Smart Growth Plan

The city's new plan will improve downtown, increase public transportation options and revitalize older neighborhoods.

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How to Measure a Project's Health

By embracing a new "health impact assessment" tool, Atlanta makes sure its major redevelopment will lead to healthier lives.

21st Century Parks

Louisville's Mega-Park

The Parklands will transform stalled developments and vacant farmland into an ambitious park system.

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How To Protect America's Countryside from Sprawl

The sustainability community has turned some overdue attention to small towns. But how can we preserve the places in between?

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Is Urbanism Slowing the Rise of Car Travel?

If Americans have really reached "peak driving," recent changes in land use may be a reason why.

In Los Angeles, a Brownfield Gets a Second Life

Thanks to funding from a lawsuit, a lush new park was created in the city's south side.

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The Real Reason Cities Can Be So Much Greener Than Other Places

How the urban 'network' allows residents to live more efficiently at a number of levels.

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In France, a Model Sustainable Suburb

A livable, walkable suburb offers a lesson in green living.

HUD's New Sustainability Tool

A new website offers communities practical advice on energy efficiency, transportation alternatives and more.

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Can Nashville Shake Its Sprawling Past?

It's the nation's most spread-out city. Can an ambitious new transportation plan change that?

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What Makes a Space Lovable?

Preserving our built environment is easier when we're attached to it.

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Should Public Trees Bear Fruit?

San Francisco's "Guerilla Grafters" are transforming the city's trees into bootleg fruit producers, much to the chagrin of officials.

Can One of Maine's Emptiest Counties Become an Urbanist Paradise?

One designer's vision to turn Maine's rural Piscataquis county into a 125-acre car-free village.

Where Pittsburgh Has the Sun Belt Beat

The city is better prepared to utilize a key resource: water.