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7 of the Best Cities to Live in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.17.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois cities are as diverse as they are many. There are all kinds of different places to live in the state with varying municipal cultures -- all the way from small, rural towns to the third-biggest city in the country.

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

Why Is New York So Ugly?

Fred Bernstein | Posted 12.16.2014 | New York
Fred Bernstein

New York lacks back alleys; that means trash has to be put out at the curb. And, given the size of some New York buildings, the piles of Hefty bags are Alps of awfulness, both physical and visual affronts to decency. It doesn't help that the city requires clear bags for recycling.

Climate Change This Week: The Munchkin Dilemma, Solar Cash Crop and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate action is economically good and patriotic: clean energy is becoming as cheap as, and less economically volatile than, fossil fuels, and builds US energy independence.

These 2 Illinois Cities Earned Perfect Scores in New LGBT Equality report by the Human Rights Campaign

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.04.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly legalized same-sex marriage throughout the state in June, but individual cities have jurisdiction over other laws and policies that can be more or less inclusive of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Climate Change This Week: the Pepsi Hijack, Cooling Mirrors, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. An Inspiring Conversation on Addressing Climate Change National Scientific Adviso...

Urban Noise Pollution: Insidious Health Threat or Just 'City Livin'?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

I like the idea that cities can, and should, think about noise the way they think about other pollutants: as something detrimental to our well-being, worthy of a sophisticated and comprehensive strategy. In some ways, it seems odd that this is actually a relatively new way of thinking,

Bike Share Is Growing Up

Jared Green | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Jared Green

In just four years, bike share has gone from being the fantasy of a few enthusiasts to a practical and low-cost way for tens of thousands of people in American cities, both large and small, to get around.

Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

Streets for People, Freeways, and a Spectacular Solution

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Fortunately, there is a burgeoning trend here in the US to replace aging freeways with boulevards, which have been shown to move traffic just as well while creating rather than diminishing value.

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

How We Learn From Urban Immersion

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

How we experience purchases of coffee and baked goods may sound fairly trivial, and elitist. But, based on my current immersion in the south of France, I have come to think these simple interactions offer valuable lessons for how to live in neighborhoods and cities.

Travel Back In Time To These Amazing Ancient Cities

SmarterTravel | Posted 11.17.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

To walk labyrinthine streets, marvel at crumbling fortress walls, or see kings' tombs that have endured thousands of years is to experience a fleeting moment of what life was like for the first civilizations on Earth.

Protecting Watersheds As We Grow Our Cities and Towns

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways.

Are We All Urban Now? Is There a Here and There?

Heidi Legg | Posted 11.13.2014 | Arts
Heidi Legg

A prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, and a practicing architect, Sarkis weighs in on his new position and how the geopolitics of today may influence our thinking towards looking at how the world is becoming one city.

The Human Dimension of Mixed-Use Development

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.13.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

It took 30 minutes for suspicions about a photograph to become a thoughtful, affinity-based gift of items that transcended place and time. That's the power of the real dynamics of city life, the connections behind the built environment that we, at first, more readily see.

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

How Suburban Sprawl, Inadequate Transit Worsen Unemployment

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find replacement employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car.

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

The Universal Social Price of Harassment: Human Interaction

Rachel A. George | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Rachel A. George

Immediately, I thought: I don't walk like her, I don't look like her, and, crucially, my experience is not exactly like hers. But, with some distance, I found myself feeling intimately connected to the video's message about the very real social costs of the daily experience of harassment.

The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Be a Vampire

Redfin | Posted 10.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Redfin

Since vampires need to avoid sunlight, we found the average number of cloudy days in a year for each city. Then we looked at how long the bars and clubs can serve alcohol, which is a good indicator of how late places stay open at night (giving vampires something to do).

The Right to Feel Safe

Monique Villa | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Monique Villa

Ask a man about his number one priority when it comes to public transport. Most likely, he will say "speed." Ask a woman the same question and chances are that she will answer "safety."

How Thoughtful Landscape Architecture Nourishes the City

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

After decades of suburban sprawl, we're finally on a more urban trend in the US. That's a very good thing, but it's easy to forget as we add more urban development to our cities that we humans are biophilic creatures.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.