The Most Sprawling Places in the U.S. Are Also the Unhealthiest

Sprawl is inconvenient, ugly, and permanently damaging to the environment. And it can also make you sick. A new study shows that sprawling metropolitan areas not only force residents to live farther from where they work and shop, but could also be causing them to lead shorter, unhealthier lives. » 4/02/14 12:28pm 4/02/14 12:28pm

How Do We De-Suburbanize the Suburbs?

Phoenix, Arizona, is a famously fast-growing city. But, instead of growing up, the city has almost uniformly grown out, with terracotta-tiled subdivisions consuming the adjacent desert at a frightening rate: some estimates claim its suburbs grew an acre per hour during the early 2000s housing boom. » 1/21/14 6:00pm 1/21/14 6:00pm

When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide

The city is the most complex machine ever invented. Running optimally, the city generates opportunity and provides a platform for interaction, ideas, and improvement. As a concept, the city has been iterated-upon, smashed and burnt to the ground, rebuilt, deliberately-designed, haphazardly-organized, and generally… » 1/02/14 3:30pm 1/02/14 3:30pm

The Hot New Trend in Suburbia Is Subdivisions With Their Own Farms

You might own a CSA or keep your own chickens in the backyard of your brownstone, but the suburbs are way ahead of you: Communities planned around agriculture are the hot new thing in real estate development, and roughly 200 of them already exist. » 12/17/13 2:40pm 12/17/13 2:40pm

This Abandoned Mall Is Perfect for Your Zombie Back to School Shopping

Labor Day sales can be frightening things indeed, so it's a perfect time to look at this scary abandoned mall in St. Louis. After 55 years in business, Crestwood Court started closing its stores in 2006, eventually shutting its doors for good last month. Digital artist Dan Wampler photographed the slowly dilapidating… » 8/30/13 1:00pm 8/30/13 1:00pm

Amateur Lawn Striping On the Cheap

So a lack of athletic talent has led you to compensate by desiring "stripes" in your lawn. No big deal! Just pick up this relatively inexpensive striping kit from Toro and go to town on that grass. » 5/01/11 5:00pm 5/01/11 5:00pm