Protests, Slums, Bass Pro Shops: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Protesters are shutting down freeways, bridges, and tunnels across the U.S. The country's largest shantytown is being dismantled in the heart of Silicon Valley. And a proposal from a famous outdoor retailer could threaten Memphis's strangest landmark. It's What's Ruining Our Cities this week. » 12/07/14 3:00pm 12/07/14 3:00pm

These Bamboo Micro-Homes Would Turn Abandoned Buildings Into Villages

As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary… » 4/09/14 11:00am 4/09/14 11:00am

Homeless People Use Facebook Just Like You and Me

The Atlantic is reporting some pretty fascinating findings from a study on Internet usage patterns in homeless vs. non-homeless youth out of the University of Alabama. Apparently, for 75% of the youth surveyed, not even homelessness if a big enough impediment to getting at least an hour a day of Facebook or Twitter… » 8/30/12 9:30pm 8/30/12 9:30pm

Robot Shopping Cart Cruises Streets, Bursts into Flames

Why the hell is a dismembered pair of legs walking around willy nilly with a shopping cart? I'll tell you why...To draw awareness to homeless people, and the cutthroat world of cart-pushing. It was designed in 1993 by a college student who thought the concept of using robots for hazardous jobs could be applied to… » 4/14/08 9:00pm 4/14/08 9:00pm