The Best of GOOD: The Future of Cities, the Gasoline Price Conundrum, the Environmental Toll of Divorce and More


Our friends over at GOOD share some of their finest offerings of the last week.

This week saw the launch of a bold (and dare we say beautiful) new series about the future of cities and how we can reinvent them. Topics included energy, traffic, water, education, government, and a host of others.We lamented that fact that we haven't increased taxes on gasoline in more than 16 years, despite the fact that it's behavior--using gas, that is--we want to discourage (and we're big fans of taxing things we want less of).

It turns out that the price of divorce is more than just heartbreak and awkward after-school soccer games: there's a serious environmental toll in dividing single households into multiple ones.

Everyone's favorite literary whipping boy Dan Brown gets taken through the GOOD wringer by columnist Anne Trubek, who posits that despite the flash in the pan that is his latest novel, 2009 will be an impressive year for the publishing industry.

Contributor Brentin Mock hit the road and traveled to Pittsburgh to take in this year's G20 summit, looking at the role street art had to play in the proceedings, and giving us a glimpse of what the protests looked like.

Our friends at the Truman National Security Project take a look at perhaps the one bright spot in Afghanistan's election debacle: the able fraud investigators.

Food columnist Peter Smith urges us to remember that canned food isn't just reserved for super market shelves. You can do it yourself, in your own home. Yes you can.

Design columnist Alissa Walker profiles the largest prize ever awarded in the history of the art world, and the affect it's having on the urban landscape in the unlikely city that sponsored it: Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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