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Composting: The Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes and Other Places?

September 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Composting and Invasive Species

As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short.[read more]

KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri

September 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Kansas City

Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead more active and healthier lifestyles.[read more]

Seattle's First Protected Bike Lane Makes a Quick Adjustment [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Seattle Bike Lanes

Seattle recently installed its first protected downtown bike lane on Second Avenue. Shortly after it opened, they quickly discovered that the left green arrow and solid green circle were confusing drivers. So the Seattle Department of Transportation quickly adjusted.[read more]

Discover Paris' Little Belt

September 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Hidden Little Belt

Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.[read more]

A Preview Tour of London's Cheesegrater [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Touring the Cheese Grater

Lead architect Graham Stirk, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, takes us inside of one of the latest and largest additions to London’s skyline: ‘The Cheesegrater’ – aka the Leadenhall building. Standing at 225m, the Leadenhall Building will be the tallest office tower ever to be built in Britain.[read more]

City of Lexington, Kentucky Hires Former White House Staffer as First Local Food Coordinator

September 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Coordination

The City of Lexington, Kentucky has initiated a new local foods program as part of its economic development efforts. Tapped to manage this new initiative is Lexington native Ashton Potter Wright, who has served as local food coordinator for Mayor Jim Gray’s office since the first week of June.[read more]

Women in Food: Natasha Lantz Helps Build Food Co-op in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

September 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Natasha Lantz

In 2003, Natasha Lantz became a member and started volunteering at the Marquette Food Co-op, a store that sells locally-produced food in Marquette, Michigan, in the state’s Upper Peninsula. Now, she serves as the organization’s outreach director.[read more]

Urban Housing: Rise of Rental

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rental Properties

In the US, rental apartments as a share of all new housing is at record highs — over 30%. And that’s partly because credit remains tight (certainly compared to pre-2008) and economic growth has been tepid. But also because of demographic changes.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

Food, Flowers, and Friendships

September 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Community Gardens and Development

The SW Community Garden both feeds from and perpetuates this strong community feeling. It was the culmination of a year-long effort by a group of green-thumbed residents that had a common idea, and worked with the local government and local businesses to bring it to fruition.[read more]

Athens, Greece's Hellinikon Park Poised to be the Largest Park in World

September 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Athens and the Largest Park

“I can already imagine the faces of my family and friends all the way back in North Dakota when I tell them that I work in Athens. You don’t know what the word 'Athens' means to an American person and how many magical things we recall. It’s incredible.”[read more]

Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

September 18, 2014 by This Big City

Spaces and Urban Communities

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.[read more]

Should You Own or Rent Your Home?

September 18, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

The Choice to Rent or Buy

I was at a good friend’s wedding and a topic that came was whether it is better to own or rent your home. North America, conventional wisdom would suggest — almost mandate — that you have to own your place. If you’re still a renter, well then you’re “throwing away your money” my friend. But are you really?[read more]

Parks, Philanthropy, and Equity: New York's Temporary Truce

September 18, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Park Policy in NYC

A few months ago, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council passed a budget that adds $15.5 million to the Parks Department budget. The money, for the most part, is targeted to small neighborhood parks for maintenance and capital projects.[read more]

Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport?

September 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Auto-Rickshaw Reform and Policy

Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010.[read more]

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The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm

September 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fish with salad anyone?

Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person's diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish's waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities?

September 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

UN Climate Summit and Cities

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.[read more]

Why I Am Farming on Water

September 17, 2014 by Karin Kloosterman
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Farming and Water Savings

I’ve started a small water farm. But unlike my attempted and horridly failed attempts at soil farming, where worms, weeds and beetles have taken over on my small plot and my brain, I’ve seen some impressive progress on water. Hydroponics may be the future of urban farming.[read more]