Sustainability of U.S. Cities Held Back by Transportation and Environmental Factors

City leaders worldwide are dealing with a delicate balancing act. Writer Lauren Pinch explains the dynamics include generating strong financial returns and maintaining an attractive place for people to live and work while limiting damage to the environment. A new study from ARCADIS, the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, features the Sustainable Cities Index. Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago are listed as the top U.S. cities for economic factors, but are hindered by poor transportation infrastructure, lack of green spaces and diminishing affordable housing, according to the study.