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By Larry Nielsen / On February 13th, 2017

February 12 marks the anniversary of one of the 20th Century’s most important judicial decisions, made by...

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By John Fleck / On February 8th, 2017

The last decade has seen a remarkable shift to the better in the relationship between the United States and Mexico over their shared water resources. But that positive turn is now under threat as the change in U.S. administration imposes an unexpected “...

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By Katharine Sucher / On February 3rd, 2017

Creating cities that work for everyone means seeing them from different perspectives—literally. In Seeing the Better City, urbanist writer, photographer, and land-use attorney...

By Amy Vanderwarker / On January 25th, 2017

Low-income communities and communities of color are likely to be hit first and worst by environmental rollbacks under the Trump administration — but they will also be at the forefront of the fight for climate justice.

By Laurie Mazur / On January 18th, 2017

Cities and states can step up their efforts to tackle global warming—with or without federal leadership.

By Alan Mallach / On January 11th, 2017

Spoiler alert: It's likley to be a long four years for urbanists and city folk. 

By Jaimie Hicks Masterson / On December 21st, 2016

In October, Jonah Engel Bromwich wrote an article for the New York Times entitled “Where should you live to escape...

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By Jason Leppig / On December 20th, 2016

As the new administration fills its leadership positions with climate deniers and energy lobbyists, many environmentalists like you find themselves discouraged....

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By Richard Heinberg / On December 8th, 2016

During the second presidential debate on October 9, Republican presidential nominee (now President-Elect) Donald Trump claimed that “clean coal” could meet the energy needs of the United States for the next 1,000 years. Now that Mr. Trump will be in the...

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By Jarrett Walker / On November 22nd, 2016

Do you think bus service is never as “permanent” as rail service?  Well, it depends on how much infrastructure you build, and how proudly it announces the bus service as an essential part of the cityscape, both as icon and as opportunity.

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