July 2, 2015, 2pm PDT
Aspiring-to-be-hip cities across the county tout themselves as the "next Brooklyn." Ben Adler argues not only the Brooklyn is a lousy model for revitalization but also that hipster-led gentrification does not lead to overall prosperity.
June 22, 2015, 9am PDT
More raw housing stock is only the first step. Without comprehensive transit, the value of density can't extend beyond the city center.
June 15, 2015, 12pm PDT
By some measures, Seattle's geography makes other cramped cities like Boston and San Francisco seem positively agoraphobic. New Transportation Director Scott Kubly has vowed to keep Seattleites moving through its many bottlenecks.
June 15, 2015, 8am PDT
In a mover that came to a surprise to United Nations observers, the international body reached agreement on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD+, initiative.
May 18, 2015, 8am PDT
Ben Adler of Grist makes a convincing case of why we should stick with gas taxes and not switch to a road usage charge, as Oregon will do July 1 in a limited program. Tax what you burn, not by how much you drive, he argues, to get the best results.
May 16, 2015, 7am PDT
The 13-point 'Progressive Agenda' announced by high profile liberal political leadership earlier this week neglected environmental policies. Can progressives get two birds with one stone?
April 5, 2015, 1pm PDT
A writer for a national environmental publication searches for middle ground in the climate change policy debate.
March 19, 2015, 6am PDT
Commentators often say an influx of wealth is transforming American cities. But if prosperity is really still suburban, what are the consequences for the environment?
January 13, 2015, 9am PST
A lawsuit by the Des Moines water utility could change the way the farming industry mitigates its environmental impacts.
December 23, 2014, 12pm PST
"Seattle is in the midst of a full-spectrum transportation fustercluck," writes David Roberts for Grist.
October 31, 2014, 9am PDT
Ben Adler of Grist writes how falling oil prices will affect climate change. Cheaper gas prices may encourage more driving and more truck sales at the expense of hybrid, electric, and fuel efficient cars, but the news may not be all bad.
October 17, 2014, 10am PDT
Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has an urbanist streak. And only people with his kind of money can singlehandedly buy out big chunks of downtown Detroit. But will his approach to neighborhood-making actually benefit the city as a whole?
September 12, 2014, 1pm PDT
According to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers "Low Carbon Economy Index," the planet's current carbon intensity will see a 7.2 degree Fahrenheit increase by 2050.
July 10, 2014, 9am PDT
Even Andrews reports on the unsafe environment that women encounter while on their bikes—and the organizations and people who are working to make the roads safer from harassment.
March 29, 2014, 11am PDT
Nathanael Johnson reports on what makes healthy grocery stores succeed in food deserts.
March 29, 2014, 9am PDT
Ben Adler considers the availability of car-sharing and cab services in maintaining a car-free population.
March 23, 2014, 7am PDT
Tiny houses aren’t just for eco-warriors. They can also be a means for homeless and mentally ill individuals to reenter mainstream society.
March 1, 2014, 7am PST
Are rideshare companies like Uber here to stay? The answer likely hinges on a series of legal battles taking place nationwide.
February 23, 2014, 7am PST
Shipping container houses are all the rage right now. So why not a shipping container farm?
January 6, 2014, 6am PST
In one word: safety. And, as Sarah Laskow explains, the more folks take to riding, the safer the streets become, so it builds on itself. Critical to road safety is bike infrastructure, like protected bike lanes, bike boxes and bike traffic signals.