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What Baltimore Gets Right about Urban Trees

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While other cities plant trees, Baltimore has focused on monitoring and maintaining the ones it already has—and is one of the few cities whose urban forest is expanding.

The Fixer: A Cool, Refreshing Glass of Fog

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In this week’s news briefing: Pulling drinking water from the mist, post-prison seniors and hyper-humane malaria eradication.

The Center is Everywhere: Indonesia!

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A collectivist spirit permeates this island nation’s art scene, where artists supporting artists has helped the creative ecology thrive.

Spain’s Happy Little Carless City

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Pontevedra, once choked with cars, is a laboratory for how smaller cities can implement a few simple tricks to reduce driving dramatically.

The Fixer: Who’s Afraid of Collectivism?

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In this first edition of RTBC’s weekly news briefing, stories of street redesign in Amsterdam, solar systems in California and cooperative farming in China.

Cars in Cities: How’s That Working Out?

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They’re dangerous, destructive, polluting, expensive, inefficient and inequitable—not to mention a pain in the ass. Now cars are being chased off city streets. That’s progress.

Editors’ Picks

My Alternate Route to Harvard

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Raised on the plains of North Carolina by parents who grew up in the segregated South, I wasn’t put on the “Harvard track” early. I got there anyway—thanks to one of the best-kept secrets in higher education.

Dead Plants are Powering Stockholm

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The biochar process is ingenious, turning green waste into heat before returning it to the soil as an agricultural nutrient. No wonder it’s turning a profit.

A Republican Suburb Designed for Cyclists

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A deep-red town in Indiana has a bicycling network that would make Boulder blush. Their secret? Forget the politics and treat bikes more like cars.

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Spain’s Happy Little Carless City

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Pontevedra, once choked with cars, is a laboratory for how smaller cities can implement a few simple tricks to reduce driving dramatically.

The Necessity of Nuclear

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After reading David Byrne’s article suggesting that nuclear power is too risky to be a part of our green energy evolution, I had a few thoughts to share.

This Lake Belongs to Everyone

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A city on Lake Erie convinced its waterfront property owners to give the public their waterfronts for free. It’s a case that could transform the Great Lakes forever.

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