February 1, 2011, 10am PST
Artists tend to flock to big cities where their art can be bought and appreciated, but economic hard times are sending artists fleeing towards cheaper rents on homes and studio space.
October 3, 2010, 11am PDT
Earlier this year, The Nation uncovered that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds people in 186 under-the-radar "subfield offices," which the less generous might call "secret immigration detention centers."
January 30, 2010, 9am PST
This piece from <em>Utne Reader</em> looks at the role of architecture in the public works projects of Medellin, Colombia, a city that has struggled with severe crime.
October 21, 2009, 11am PDT
Global corporations like Frito Lay and Barnes and Noble are attempting to co-opt the word 'local' into their branding.
May 13, 2009, 11am PDT
This piece from <em>Utne Reader</em> looks at Ecuador's recent extension of inalienable rights to nature and why other countries should follow this lead.
January 26, 2009, 2pm PST
Peter Katz and Jay Walljasper pick ten notable suburbs that are breaking the mold and creating new, vibrant communities.
December 22, 2008, 10am PST
Amid the citywide blight of Detroit is the City Airport neighborhood -- rife with crime and virtually deserted by residents. But now former residents have begun to write and blog about the neighborhood, its better times and its possible futures.
April 17, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles are usually regarded as hotbeds for homosexuals. But five unlikely cities -- in places such as Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska -- show that more gay-friendly cities are coming out of the woodwork.</p>
December 10, 2007, 5am PST
<p>This article from <em>Utne Reader</em> looks at a green housing complex that aimed at an atypical market: low-income residents.</p>
January 6, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Public libraries are increasingly being called upon to provide disaster services and support for those chronically in need, such as the homeless and seniors, yet their budgets continue to be cut.</p>
December 11, 2006, 10am PST
<p>A growing number of exclusive gated communities in remote areas, dubbed "The New Ruralism", is raising eyebrows among planners, environmentalists, and local residents.</p>
September 3, 2003, 5am PDT
What if next year's Democratic nominee made a big issue out of keeping American communities vital?
March 16, 2003, 11am PST
The Utne Reader offers their list of the ten most 'enlightened' suburbs across the U.S.
September 21, 2001, 9am PDT
Free parking encourages driving and parking lots make pedestrian and bike travel difficult. Alan Durning offers suggestions to help the nation save oil and reduce car use.
March 13, 2001, 7am PST
In Quebec, bikes are not just a sport but a transport.
March 12, 2001, 7am PST
In Portland, a car-sharing service is following a European trend and giving individuals and families another choice to owning a car.
March 11, 2001, 7am PST
Commuters and urban dwellers coast-to-coast are climbing aboard new light rail train systems.
March 10, 2001, 7am PST
William Clay Ford Jr. has spent his first year as Ford chairman outlining his plans for a cleaner, greener Ford Motor Company.
January 16, 2001, 8am PST
Dot-com money is draining out the quirkiness and creativity of San Francisco.
January 15, 2001, 8am PST
Peter Katz, author of "The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community" lists ten great U.S. cities that have been overlooked.