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Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

May 3, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Trash Ash Recycling

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions, ash is another resulting material that ends up in landfills.[read more]

Urban Ireland: Dublin in 2007

May 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

City Life in Dublin

In 2007, I spent the summer working in Dublin, Ireland for a boutique real estate consulting firm. At the time, they were working with a number of agencies on the development of masterplanned communities, as well as on specific development projects. Real estate was booming and everyone wanted to be a part of it.[read more]

Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

Restoring Harbor City's Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park into an Ecological Oasis

Harbor City Restoration

Growing up in the housing projects of Harbor City, California, several of my childhood memories took place in the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. However, the last time that I visited this park—about three years ago—it had greatly deteriorated.[read more]

When Doing Time in A Prison Garden Means Redemption

May 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Prisoners can find gardening a redeeming occupation

For Katherine Cannella, Assoc. ASLA, who graduated with a master’s of landscape architecture from the University of Virginia in 2014, prison gardens offer an opportunity to create places to heal for those who must spend time outside of society. She wants to use landscape approaches to engage all members of the public, including those at the margins.[read more]

A Photo-Tour of Lagos Island: How Tourism, History and Commerce Can Coexist

May 2, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Exploring Lagos Island

Take a photo tour of Lagos Island, the historical heart of Lagos banking and commerce district & home of Nigeria's largest market. The buildings alone within this area are a display of Nigerian history, from the birth of Lagos (around 1300-1400 CE) till today. Despite all the history that encompasses this island, it is rarely visited for this purpose.[read more]

Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City

Cities and Technological Connections

Different technologies—including mobile phone apps—are enabling strangers to connect with each other in their neighborhoods for this purpose. They are empowering individuals to share knowledge, goods, and services—creating real human interaction in economic exchanges that used to be faceless.[read more]

Minneapolis, Minnesota's Historic Stone Arch Bridge Offers a Story of Revitalization

Revitalizing Urban Landmarks

The Stone Arch Bridge spans 2,100 feet across the width of the Mississippi River and connects the East Bank near the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus to downtown Minneapolis. Completed as a railway bridge in 1883, this structure has remained an iconic beacon of Minneapolis for over a century.[read more]

Beyond Books: Outside the Box Program Helps Build Community with Public Libraries

May 1, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Libraries and Community Participation

 

As one of our oldest and most important civic institutions, public libraries have been making the news recently—and breaking records for popularity and patronage. According to a recent article in The New York Times, New York City’s libraries in all five boroughs had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year.[read more]

How the Mega-Rich are Distorting the Markets for Apartments and Art

May 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Wealth and Urban Living

When people talk about a possible housing bubble in Canada they often cite house prices to median household income as a key ratio. The question then becomes: How can house prices be such a high multiple relative to local incomes? That’s relevant, but it’s not the entire story.[read more]

Film and City-Making: An interview with Dele Adeyemo

May 1, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Film and Making a City

Dele Adeyemo, a creative director working in Glasgow. Dele presented the exhibition 'The Power of ZA' which documented the exploration into the power of creativity to bridge divides and possibly work to transform the culture in the country of South Africa.[read more]

What Will Driverless Electric Cars Mean for Cities?

April 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless Cars and the Future

Electric and driverless vehicles are a step in the right direction. At some point in the not too distant future we’re going to look back at that time when people used to drive their own cars and wonder how we ever allowed that to happen. But there still remains a question of how best to plan our cities.[read more]

Top 10 Features of Bike-Friendly Cities

April 30, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Bike-Friendly Cities

The Danish urban design firm, Copenhagenize, publishes annual bicycle friendliness rankings of cities around the world, based on the most important features. This list of features is curated from a cross-section of citizens in a variety of places where cycling is already a major feature of urban life.[read more]

The Urban Homestead: Growing Better Cities from Small Urban Spaces

April 30, 2015 by This Big City

Cities and Small Urban Spaces

Many large US corporations have moved operations back to the city centers to be closer to the younger, talented workforce — Yahoo, Pinterest, United Airlines, and Quicken Loans, to name a few. Companies are also rethinking their products and services to create greater appeal for the urban dweller.[read more]

Weeding Cancer-Causing Chemicals Out of Landscape Maintenance

April 30, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Green Space Health

The World Health Organization recently declared that the herbicide glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. Monsanto Co.'s Round Up product's main ingredient is glyphosate. Many local administrations use the products to keep weeds down. They should now be phasing them out. Some already are.[read more]

Designing Housing to Improve Inclusion and Opportunity in Cape Town

April 30, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Housing

Cape Town remains geographically and socially segregated despite the fact that undoing apartheid's spatial divides has been a goal of the democratic government since 1994. But urban researcher Andrew Fleming thinks that redesigning housing can change this.[read more]

Household Solar Is Becoming the New Normal, and That Makes Some Utilities Uncomfortable

April 29, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Home Solar and Utility Pushback

A couple of weeks ago, my wife Sharon and I were out for a long neighborhood walk. This is not unusual for us, but on this particular day we took a route we hadn't walked in quite some time. I was pleased to notice that one of the traditional, colonial-style houses we encountered was sporting solar panels.[read more]

Mexico City's Traffic Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses

Traffic and the Economy in Mexico

In mega-cities like Mexico City, more cars on the road brings greater traffic congestion, pollution and road safety challenges. These problems are well-documented, but new research documents another issue with Mexico City’s car congestion—it creates economic costs to businesses and their employees.[read more]