I don't know how I found about this PBS special – e2 Series - but it is absolutely awesome. It is a series about economies becoming green. Each of the segments is available both on PBS and also as a free webcast or podcast for a limited amount of time. I have seen two so far: one about London and the other about Paris and both blew me away.
We call them "old Europe" (really, it was Donald Rumsfeld, who lobbed that comment) but the innovative and somewhat courageous ways of reducing car use, encouraging bicycle use and promoting mass transit are really inspiring. Perhaps, not every solution works but they are trying different techniques and are convinced and convincing that cities should be designed for people and not for cars. Really great stuff. If you have some time and a good connection, you must check these out. And Brad Pitt is the narrator. 🙂