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War Over Hollywood Sign Pits Wealthy Residents Against Urinating Tourists: "One of These Days Someone Will Get Shot"

Residents of L.A.'s Beachwood Canyon are fighting off hordes of GPS-enabled tourists — thousands a day — who block their driveways, sometimes piss in …

2014 Was California's Hottest Year On Record -- By Far

2014 was California’s hottest year ever recorded. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was the warmest year on record for California by a wide margin.<p>NOAA said the annual average temperature in California -- which has been suffering through a drought said to …

Global Warming

The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps

The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards …

What Do These Mexico City Sidewalk Markers Mean?

<i>It’s the first south-of-the-border edition of What’s That Thing, Slate’s column examining mysterious or overlooked objects in the built environment.</i> …

The Frightening Growth of Suburban Slums

Americans still tend to think about poverty as an inner-city problem. But some time around the dot-com bust and 2001 recession, the number of poor …

The Suburbs Will Die: One Man's Fight to Fix the American Dream

If you looked up “Minnesota nice” in the dictionary you might see a picture of Charles Marohn. Affable and mild-mannered, Marohn, who goes by Chuck, …

The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt

The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory.<p>Urbanists love to celebrate the victorious campaigns that have been waged against city highways over the years. From the successful crusades against the Lower Manhattan Expressway in New York and Inner …

15 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Better

We all want to be better neighbors — or at least have better neighbors. But what can we do? How do you build a better community for yourself and your …

How Cities Use Design to Drive Homeless People Away

Saying "you're not welcome here"—with spikes.<p>Earlier this month, someone tweeted a picture of a series of metal spikes built into the ground outside a London apartment building.<p>The spikes were intended to discourage homeless people from sleeping in the area, and their presence sparked a public …

Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets

Today is Bike to Work Day — an event that's all about trying to get more people to ride bicycles more regularly.<p>If you don't feel like wearing a helmet while biking, that's fine<p>And here's some advice that might help with that goal: Stop forcing people to wear bike helmets.<p>For most bikers, this …

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005; Halfway Towards 2020 Goal

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.<p>The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 …

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Hookers turning Airbnb apartments into brothels

Hookers are using the controversial Airbnb home-sharing Web site to turn prime Manhattan apartments into temporary brothels, The Post has learned.<p>One …

Wind Power Has Cut U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 4.4 Percent: Report

WASHINGTON -- The growth of wind power in the United States is putting a significant dent in emissions, according to a forthcoming report from the American Wind Energy Association. Wind generation avoided 95.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2013, which is equivalent to taking 16.9 million …

Renewable Energy

Airbnb to collect hotel taxes for San Francisco rentals

Airbnb, the fast-growing website in San Francisco that lets people rent out their homes or rooms to travelers, took a giant step toward legitimizing itself by agreeing to pay the city's 14 percent hotel tax by the summer.<p>The move could potentially add millions to city coffers and help Airbnb avoid …

Hospitality

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CO2 levels reach a record high in record time

Atmospheric carbon levels have already crossed the 400ppm milestone this year<p>It was a big deal, back in mid-May of last year, when atmospheric levels of CO2 temporarily surpassed 400 parts per million. It marked the first time in 55 years of record-keeping, and potentially 3 million years of …

Supreme Court ruling delivers a major blow to bike paths

The 8-1 decision threatens thousands of miles of public trails<p><b>Update 3/11/2014 8:30 AM ET: The original quote excerpted from NPR read that the bike trail was "10 acres long"; NPR has since amended the piece to correct that to "a half-mile long." It has been updated here accordingly.</b><p>The Supreme …

Railroads

Murder Machines: Why Cars Will Kill 30,000 Americans This Year

There’s an open secret in America: If you want to kill someone, do it with a car. As long as you’re sober, chances are you’ll never be charged with …

This Is What Things Look Like In A Town With No Roads

How much do you want to live in -- or barring that, visit -- a place where there are no cars? What a dream come true.<p>The town of Giethoorn, located about 75 miles northeast of Amsterdam, has roughly 180 bridges that crisscross over the canals that run throughout the town. The only modes of …

This map shows how suburban sprawl is destroying the environment

The climate benefits of urban living are canceled out by the suburbs’ massive carbon footprint<p>City dwellers have one more reason to crow about the virtues of the tightly packed urban life. According to a new study from University of California, Berkeley, population-dense cities contribute fewer …

Sustainability

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Bright idea: Smart street lamps light up only when needed

Get to know the technology that aims to dim cities’ light pollution and their energy inefficiency<p>For weary air travelers, the beauty of arriving in the late evening is getting to catch a glimpse of city lights as the aircraft descends quietly into the lively hub of illumination below.<p>But for …

Smart Cities

Climate Change Vastly Worse Than Previously Thought

A new study published in <i>Nature</i> suggests that climate change is even worse than scientists had previously anticipated, upgrading the forecast from …

The Bedazzling Charm of Glow-in-the-Dark Sidewalks

U.K.-based resurfacing company Pro-Teq is currently testing Starpath, an ultraviolet-powered glow-in-the-dark pedestrian footpath in a Victorian park …

Top 10 Worthwhile Uses for Tablets

Tablets seem to be all the rage right now, but some of us are still trying to figure out why we'd even want one. Well wonder no more: here are ten …

Chess holds the secret to saving our cities

What this game of strategy can show us about building the metropolis of the future<p>Pedro Ortiz is on a metropolitan planning mission. Like many urban theorists, he uses metaphors to illustrate his points, and his preferred comparison is to games.<p>Too often, Ortiz says, we think of the metropolis like …

U.S. rooftop solar power shatters third quarter records

New solar installations are on track to surpass Germany in 2013<p>More American homes than ever before -- nearly 31,000 -- had solar panels installed on their roofs in the third quarter of 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association announced Tuesday. Combined with utility scale projects, the U.S. …

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My year without a car

I’m an unlikely biker, but when I finally broke my driving habit, I discovered the joys (and pain) of cycling<p>Last year, after three months in a book group focused on sustainability, I made a New Year’s resolution: to retire my car and bike everywhere. It was a good time to begin new habits. Having …