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A Blast from the Past, from the Days when Pros Ate Ice Cream

July 25, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking for Ice Cream

As London swelters this week, perhaps you're thinking an ice cream might help cool you down, but you're worried about the calories? Fear not my over-heating friends, because who knew that ice cream is the "health food of the nation" according to Australian cycling champion Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman.[read more]

Cinema Shows the Power of Sustainable Transport

Film and Sustainable Transit

Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why.[read more]

Battle of the Public Intellectuals: Edward Glaeser vs. Richard Florida

July 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

Intellectuals and Public Debate

Austin has a gentrification problem. Dallas has a gentrification problem. Houston has a gentrification problem. On the other hand, Brownsville looks dirt cheap. If cost of rent drives migration, then everyone in Austin should move to Pittsburgh, or Brownsville (which offers even cheaper rent than Pittsburgh).[read more]

What Is the True Value of a Vacant or Abandoned Building?

July 24, 2014 by Audrey Henderson
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The Value of Vacant Spaces

Any real estate agent or Realtor can tell you that the three most important factors in determining the potential value of a particular parcel of real estate are, in order: location, location, location. Location can trump other aspects of a structure, including whether it is occupied and its state of (dis)repair.[read more]

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits

People Oriented City Value

Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the residential core, and the two areas are poorly linked by public transport. Mumbaikars have the longest commute of any Indian city resident, averaging more than 47 minutes each way every day.[read more]

The AirBnB Phenomenon: What's the Impact on Cities?

July 24, 2014 by This Big City

AirBnB and Urban Change

While some say AirBnB is helping build a “sharing economy” where money is redistributed to low-income individuals and small businesses, others claim it’s fueling a lucrative underground economy, promoting the evasion of taxes and contributing to an acute shortage of affordable housing.[read more]

Serious Games for Urban Planning

July 24, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Planning Gaming

Tygron, a company that creates serious games for urban development, hosted part of the Serious Gaming workshop. Tygron’s products were created out of a need for city planners to be able to conceptualize development initiatives before they are put into policy.[read more]

How Will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Aging Urban Resources

Two super-hospitals are currently under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and will reinforce Montreal’s position as a leader in life sciences research.[read more]

New Survey: What Makes a City Great?

July 24, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Resident Survey

A new survey commissioned by planning and design firm Sasaki Associates asked 1,000 urbanites what they love most about their city. The findings, which cover diverse aspects of city life, offer truly fascinating insights for urban planners, landscape architects, and architects.[read more]

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How Should Cities Measure Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

July 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Ensuring consistency, accuracy and transparency

The World Resources Institute, C40 Cities and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, have published their second version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) and are seeking feedback from city officials and climate experts in all related fields.[read more]

Can a Global City be Good to Locals?

July 23, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Global Cities, Local Problems

“Making progress possible, together” stands boldly at the top of Cape Town’s website. The ‘together’ part of the slogan is the catch. As we celebrate our progress of becoming a globally competitive city, I believe we need to take stock of whether the benefits of our progress are experienced together.[read more]

Congestion Pricing can make Beijing a more Equitable City

Beijing and Congestion Pricing

China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term.[read more]

Drink Your Water, And Eat The Bottle?

July 23, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier
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Drink, Eat Water Bottle

The need for drinks on-the-go that won’t pollute our environment with bottles is far from news, as the movement to increase the use of reusable/refillable water bottles has been gaining momentum. But as the movement grows, so does the American appetite for drinks sold in plastic bottles.[read more]