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February 18, 2014

In Asia and Europe, tens of millions of people have been happily riding high-speed bullet trains for decades. On our own shores, however, the implementation of intercity high-speed rail has suffered from a host of delays. The one system that has managed to get moving, somewhat—California’s—has lately found itself beset by legal problems and public cynicism over rising costs and the use of eminent domain to obtain private land for the rail line’s right-of-way.

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February 6, 2014

The tweets from MetLife stadium pretty much said it all: “Pathetic.” “Major fail.” “[They] should hang their heads in shame.” And they weren’t even talking about the Denver Broncos.

The harshest post-game criticism after Sunday’s lopsided Super Bowl was reserved for NJ Transit. The mass-transit provider had passionately encouraged the 89,...

December 20, 2013

Part of OnEarth's Answers from the Past month, in which our contributors explore how contemporary thinking on sustainability has been influenced by wisdom handed down to us from previous generations. Read more here.

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October 28, 2013

There’s an interesting civics lesson taking place at the moment in the New York City neighborhood known as Chelsea, an area of Manhattan sandwiched between the high-rises of Midtown and low-slung, picturesque Greenwich Village. Appropriately enough, the lesson at hand requires us to ask an important question: How do we go about balancing the vertical density that makes any city feel urban with the scenic, spirit-reviving respites that make it feel, well, human?

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July 30, 2013

The name pretty much sums it all up: Bosco Verticale—Italian for “Vertical Forest.” Once completed, Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s two residential buildings—one 26 stories high and the other 18—will offer Milanese condo dwellers a unique chance to look out onto a lushly arboreal “landscape,” no matter what floor they live on. Other...

June 6, 2013

In the multi-level parking garage that sits directly across the street from where I’m typing these words, in the heart of Manhattan’s business-filled Flatiron District, an hour of parking will set you back $27.03. I’m told by the friendly attendant there that he almost always has spaces available. Still, if you’re willing to drive around for a while and hunt for a hard-to-find metered spot on the street, you might be able to zoom your way into one just as its previous occupant is zooming out...

May 15, 2013

When President Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the U.S. Department of Transportation last month, he cited among Foxx’s other relevant...