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Urban Transformation

Turning Trash into Treasure

In 1937, a landfill was built in the majority Black Houston neighborhood of Sunnyside. The residents of that community have been paying the price ever since. From “flies, roaches, rats, and smells” to the death of an 11-year old boy, the Sunnyside landfill has negatively impacted the quality…

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Our Cities Are Getting Too Hot

A 2020 novel opens with a heat wave in Northern India that kills 20 million people. The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson is described by reviewers as the “novel we need” and “the book of the year.” What makes the opening chapter so devastating…

Achieving Clean Energy Legislation in a Moderate State

On October 13, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the first major piece of climate legislation in the tar heel state in recent years. North Carolina House Bill 951—Energy Solutions for North Carolina—was passed by both chambers of the North Carolina state legislature with…

More Lanes Do Not Mean Less Traffic

In Austin, Texas, a battle is underway to reverse the ills of a highway that is increasingly perceived as a racial and environmental scar on the city. Running through the heart of the city, I-35 evolved over the decades from a modest boulevard to an elevated, double-decker highway that…