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  • You say you want a railvolution...

    Westerners may love their cars, but the region’s rapid growth means that even the most ardent car-lovers have a stake in mass transit, and in Denver’s grand experiment in light rail

  • Reading, riding and relaxing

    Architect Kevin Koernig, who commutes from suburban Littleton to downtown Denver, loves light rail because it saves him money, keeps him healthy, and gives him extra time to read

  • A city center in the suburbs

    Charlie Lybrand enjoys living in his transit-oriented complex in metro Denver, because he rarely has to drive to get to college or go out to party

  • Westerners slowly adapt to high prices

    Westerners are making a few small efforts to conserve energy in the face of higher prices, but environmentalists wonder what it will take to inspire a real change in behavior

  • How dense can we be?

    Living the good life in the ’exurbs’ is draining our tax coffers and devouring the West’s open spaces, but large-lot development continues to explode.

  • The end of exurbia: An interview with James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler talks about the end of oil, and how the West’s exurbs will expire when the automobile does

  • Are tomorrow’s ghost towns sprouting today?

    Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and global warming will one day turn our sprawling suburbs into empty ghost towns.

  • Extreme commuters are maybe even you and me

    Alison James may not be an extreme commuter, but she certainly drives more than she wishes she had to.

  • Tomorrow’s ghost towns are sprouting today

    Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and the threat of global warming will one day turn today’s sprawling suburbs into the future’s ghost towns.

  • There’s a power in pedaling a country road

    Joe Barnhart joyfully braves weather and traffic to bike to work year-round in Dillon, Mont.

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