The publictransport book of the month is: Bird on Fire: Lessons From the World's Least Sustainable City by Andrew Ross. While spending (too) little time on transportation, Bird is overall a very fascinating look at how Phoenix, Arizona has become the sprawling mess it is today. Imagine a city in the desert where water is cheaper than in Seattle and where nuclear energy counts as "renewable". Overall, his point that in order to have a sustainable future EVERYONE, from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich, has to lead a sustainable life is well-taken. Bringing your renewable shopping bag to Whole Foods is meaningless if a poor service worker has to spend his or her meager earnings on a polluting gas guzzler due to a non-functioning transit system. Read my full review of Bird on Fire .