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Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities

October 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Cities and Connections

The aim of ecologists and scientists to strengthen the capacity of the city to connect nature within and across it, and is the same instinct that those of us who focus on the physical shape and function of city have: to enable connectivity than enhances the overall function of the whole.[read more]

'Citizens United' is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There's Hope

October 22, 2014 by This Big City

Citizens United and Local Governance

Recently, a study was released that examined the effect of the Citizens United supreme court ruling on state and local governments. This decision, handed down in January 2010, has become infamous in US national politics for opening elections to huge donations from wealthy donors.[read more]

Life as a Lunatic: Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin

October 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farming and Lunacy

Joel Salatin is a holistic farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and an iconic figure in the sustainable food movement. Salatin practices a healing-the-land approach to farming in the face of much criticism from both traditional and sustainable agriculture advocates.[read more]

Transit and Residential Neighborhoods: Questioning the Affordability of Residential Neighborhoods Around Metro Rail Stations

October 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Dehli Housing and Mass Transit

Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for the integration of land use and transportation planning for many decades. Only since the 1980s though have cities revisited this concept and acknowledged its benefits for urban development.[read more]

Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Compact Communities and Health

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.[read more]

Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

New Approach Paves Way to Manage Violence in Cities in the Global South

October 21, 2014 by Environment and Urbanization

Violence in the Global South

The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization, themed around "Conflict and violence in 21st century cities", argues for a more realistic approach to urban violence in the global South. The issue addresses topics including gangs, gender-based violence, and sensationalized reporting.[read more]

X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park

October 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

DC and Bridge Design

Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.[read more]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

Millions in the UK Do Not Receive a Living Wage and Income Inequality is Rising

October 20, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Living Wages

Wages that are high enough that they can be lived on doesn't sound like too much to ask for does it? However, millions in the United Kingdom don't receive pay that covers something as basic as the cost of living - whilst the very rich are getting even richer.[read more]

Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India

October 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Ridesharing

Uber – one of the largest ridesharing services in the world – began operating in India when it expanded to Bangalore. In August, the company announced that it would launch its service in four new Indian cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata, and now serves a total of ten Indian cities.[read more]

When One Story Makes Sense

October 20, 2014 by Joe Nickol

Keeping the One Story

A quiet crisis is emerging in our building practice: one story buildings are being coded out of the system right when we need them most. While it is true that the Wendy's and Walgreens of the world earn their anti-urban distinction, we should hesitate to throw the one story baby out with the suburban bathwater.[read more]

Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

October 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Comparing Urban Cost of Living

The Washington Post has some fun with a Bureau of Labor Statistics report about housing expenditures in the US. The initial headline, “It’s More Expensive to Live in D.C. Than New York, Study Says.” Then comes the social media controversy: “D.C. Is More Expensive Than New York? Twitter Reacts.”[read more]

From Utility to Fear and Greed

October 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Market Efficiency Risk

Roger Martin recently published a post on the Harvard Business Review blog called: The Dark Side of Efficient Markets. In it, he makes an interesting distinction between what he calls use-driven markets and expectations-driven markets, the latter of which is assumed to be the more efficient one.[read more]

How to Restore Walking and Cut Traffic Accidents

October 20, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

The Restoration of Walking

 

The gravest danger to walkers as well as bicyclists and motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, “dangerous driver choices” contributes to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases.[read more]

Avoiding Driving

October 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Driving as Little as Possible

Not only do I do my absolute best to minimize the amount of driving I do here in Toronto, but I also follow the same rule when I travel as well. And if you’ve been following the macro trends, you might know that many other people feel the exact same way.[read more]

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Casablanca Train Station

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.[read more]

Five Colleges Leading the Way in Online Sustainable Agriculture Education

October 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Online Agriculture Education

As the demand for local, sustainable food grows, so does the need for farmers who are well-versed in the ways of sustainable agriculture. Fortunately, many educational institutions are ready to train the next generation of sustainable farmers through sustainable agriculture curricula.[read more]