Asthma in the Apple
Asthma in the Apple
A shot of East Harlem. By roeyahram from Flickr. In New York, just under two miles from the glitter and glam of 5th Avenue, is the working-class neighborhood of East Harlem, home to six of Manhattan’s seven bus depots and ...
A Penny War Drives Delhi's Deadly Streets
A Penny War Drives Delhi's Deadly Streets
One of Delhi’s many Blueline buses. Photo by vm2827 of Flickr. On October 27th one of Delhi’s Blueline buses, widely referred to as “killer buses,” struck and killed a young boy of just 11 years, the 100th pedestrian to be ...
Bio Fuels or Bio-Fools?
Bio Fuels or Bio-Fools?
The agrarian arms race to turn larger swaths of farmland over for the production of biofuels recently reached rhetorical heights as Jean Ziegler, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, argued that it would be a crime against ...
The Green Car Issue
The Green Car Issue
Are car companies thinking about more than one type of green? Photo by makeshiftlove from Flickr. The New York Times latest automobile issue takes a dramatic departure from the past and includes several articles on how environmental concerns are shaping ...
Will Technology Save Us?
Will Technology Save Us?
A cut away shot of Lexus’ new hybrid. Photo by Mike Babcock of Flickr. To date, much of the debate swirling around global warming has focused on how new and improved technologies will save us from the dire consequences of ...
The Politics of Petrol
The Politics of Petrol
Under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has become a country flirting with socialism, what Chavez, in one of his rhetorical flourishes, calls the 20th century heir of the Bolivarian Revolution. Yet paradoxically the Venezuelan government under Chavez has been ...
Writers Wanted!
Writers Wanted!
The City Fix is looking for talented writers from around the world to become part of our growing team. If you’re interested in urban planning and transportation, or just have an interest in cities period, we want to hear from ...
Satellites for Sustainability
Satellites for Sustainability
Using satellites to map pollution. Photo by kennethg from Flickr. With the help of satellites, scientists are now measuring and mapping concentrations and global movements of air-pollution and, through a cool new project known as TEMIS, have made near-real time ...
Does Leaded Gasoline Cause Violent Crime?
Does Leaded Gasoline Cause Violent Crime?
Photo by x-eyedblonde from Flickr. A few years ago, the celebrated economist Steven D. Levitt argued in Freakonomics that the legalization of abortion in 1973 was one of the primary reasons for the drop in crime in the 1990’s, a ...
Hot Wheels for Rwandan Coffee Workers!
Hot Wheels for Rwandan Coffee Workers!
One of the primary causes of urbanization is what demographers call “rural to urban migration.” Migrants leave their homes in rural areas for a confluence of reasons — degraded farm land, drought, confiscated land, etc. — and move to cities, ...