March 5, 2018, 9am PST
According to new research, the tragic impact of Hurricane Maria lingered for months after the storm hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, and at far greater magnitude than the federal government has acknowledged.
October 9, 2017, 7am PDT
Living off the grid usually refers to a lifestyle choice to live far from power lines and other basic infrastructure that most of civilization takes for granted—until a natural disaster wipes it all out.
October 6, 2017, 9am PDT
Not only did Hurricane Maria destroy most of Puerto Rico's man-made infrastructure, it also defoliated the island's vast tropical forests, upsetting the forest ecology—in the short term.
October 5, 2017, 7am PDT
A website called status.pr is keeping residents and concerned observers apprised of progress in the recovery of the island's critical infrastructure.
October 1, 2017, 9am PDT
In the wake of the slow response by the Trump Administration to the devastation caused by the category 4 Hurricane Maria's direct hit on Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been called to rebuild the infrastructure.
September 27, 2017, 10am PDT
Hurricane Maria left the flooded island of 3.4 million American citizens without power, communications, and running water, which may take months before they are restored. An exodus to Florida, which had begun before Maria hit, will likely accelerate.
September 19, 2017, 1pm PDT
A second catastrophic hurricane is on track to devastate much of the Caribbean, barely two weeks after category five Hurricane Irma departed. In addition to Maria, a much weaker Hurricane Jose will affect the Mid-Atlantic and New England.
September 8, 2017, 2pm PDT
As Irma leaves the Caribbean and heads for Florida, with landfall expected this weekend, there is a lot to worry about: New building codes will be put to test, fuel to evacuate is in short supply, and cranes have not been dismantled.
September 6, 2017, 5am PDT
As Houston and East Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey, an even stronger hurricane has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, headed to the Caribbean Sea, and likely Florida by this weekend, though there is uncertainty where it goes next.
June 11, 2017, 11am PDT
The power and process of boards that take control of a city or territory's finances is becoming more generalized, although they affect local democracy, impose austerity measures without controls, and lack mechanisms to evaluate their efficiency.
June 6, 2017, 12pm PDT
States and cities are reacting to President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on Thursday. Three states formed the U.S. Climate Alliance; by Monday, it had grown to 13. Initially 30 mayors signed in support; it's now over 200.
July 26, 2010, 10am PDT
The oldest city in the Americas bans cars from its colonial streets and outlines a plan to make San Juan more livable. David Soto gives us a look at this ambitious plan.
November 4, 2009, 10am PST
Puerto Rico seems to be at the head of the pack in terms of jobs created by the federal stimulus bill. But the news isn't all sunny from the island territory, as the governor moves to slash thousands of public sector jobs.
Christian Science Monitor
March 14, 2006, 1pm PST
The San Juan municipal government (Puerto Rico's capital city) will penalize anyone who uses public structures such as lampposts and bridges to display posters and ads.
May 27, 2003, 10am PDT
Puerto Rico's Secretary of Public Works illustrates the potential for an integrated mass transit system in conjuction with the opening of San Juan's new heavy rail system.
May 4, 2003, 9am PDT
The U.S. Navy leaves the Vieques leaving behind a contaminated site that may added to the Superfund list.
March 20, 2003, 2pm PST
Facing challenges of depleting resources and population growth, a call is made for Authorities in Puerto Rico to implement the sustainable development vision that is stated in its public policy.
February 26, 2003, 1pm PST
How to foment the development of a new "entrepreneurial class" in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico by actually promoting those now called "smart growth" principles.
January 22, 2002, 1pm PST
Plans are being developed around an upcoming Urban Train alignment with a Livable Communitities and New Urbanism focus.
October 18, 2001, 7am PDT
Puerto Rico's "Urban Train" is a bold experiment that is similar to efforts by other U.S. cities to fight sprawl with train systems. But there are some differences.