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Turning Parking Lots into Places for Sustainable City Discovery

October 30, 2014 by This Big City

Parking Lots and Discovery

I propose that parking lots around the city reserve just two spaces — one from hundreds of spaces in most lots — that will be transformed into an inviting and safe area for parking lot users to connect with other transit systems and find information about nearby places and services.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

Getting Animated about Transit Oriented Development in Mexico [VIDEO]

October 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mexico TOD

ITDP Mexico’s “Mejores Calles, Mejores Ciudades” (Better Streets, Better Cities) video advocates the implementation of TOD strategies across the country. This impetus is greater given it responds to the demographic trends of the country: 77% of Mexico’s citizens live in cities.[read more]

New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

October 30, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

E-Waste and Recycling

You just upgraded the office’s computers, and have a bunch of towers and monitors that you’d like to recycle. It’s tempting to get online and go with the cheapest e-waste recycling service you can find, right? But unless you’re diligent, you don’t know what they’ll do with that e-waste once they pick it up.[read more]

Nine Technology Tools for Localizing the Food System

October 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Localizing Food via Tech

It seems that to purchase locally-produced foods, one must go to the nearest farm stand or visit the local farmers’ market. It may seem that the big-box grocery store is an embedded part of modern life, technology increasingly is empowering the buying and selling of local foods on an larger-than-ever scale.[read more]

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, France

October 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Transportation Compared

The creation of the Paris, Lyon, and Marseille metropolises is at the center of the current territorial reform. While the transformation of their institutional organizations was subject to a sudden acceleration, the construction of an idea, and then a metropolitan project reveals ancient and complex dynamics.[read more]

Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don't Waste What You Don't Have

October 29, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Water Use and Waste Prevention

I’m still thinking about my 4 Liters Challenge from a few weeks ago – it’s amazing how much we take a resource like water for granted! While a number of things I learned stand out, I constantly come back to turning on the water without even thinking about it – I had to catch myself a number of times.[read more]

Mellon Square: A Modern Masterpiece

October 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Mellon Square

Recently restored to much ado through a six-year process, Mellon Square in Pittsburgh was the first Modernist space in the nation built over a subterranean parking garage. Considered a precursor to today’s green roof movement, Mellon Square is a showcase for urban revitalization through historic preservation.[read more]

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Who'd Have Thought an Insurance Company Could Write a Manifesto on Managing Sustainable Cities?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Street in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy

"We believe sustainability is fundamentally about risk management", says one insurance company. And it's not alone.[read more]

Learning From the 'White City'

October 28, 2014 by Dean Saitta

History and Living Spaces

 

It’s not the White City that would likely come to mind first, i.e., the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Rather, it’s a white canvas tent colony that appeared 20 years later and about 1,000 miles to the southwest, near the railroad depot (now a ghost town) of Ludlow, Colorado.[read more]

Klyde Warren Park Wins Open Space Award

October 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Winning Dallas Park

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas won the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Open Space Award, which recognizes “public spaces that have socially and economically enriched and revitalized their communities.” Completed in 2012, the 5-acre park is a green roof, decking over the sunken Woodall Rogers Freeway.[read more]

Halifax Turns its Library into the City's Living Room

October 28, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Libraries and Public Placemaking

As libraries struggle to stay relevant against the instant allure of e-readers, Google, Netflix and online music streaming, Halifax is taking a big step in making them cool again. The city is currently transforming its Halifax Central Public Library into a community hub for the digital age.[read more]

Five Farms Pushing the Boundaries of Indoor Agriculture

October 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

Indoor farms are the new and innovative way to grow greens. Modern indoor farms are quite large and filled with state-of-the-art technologies – they aren’t the tiny greenhouses of yesteryear. We’ve rounded up five indoor farms to give you a taste of what the most innovative growing organizations are producing.[read more]

Comparing Taxis to Ride Sharing Services

October 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Taxis and Ride Sharing Side-by-Side

I recently woke up to a post from venture capitalist Fred Wilson talking about the cost of loyalty when it comes to local transportation markets. It was a cost comparison between regular city taxis and ride sharing services such as a UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.[read more]

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil and Traffic Safety

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that you may be more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year.[read more]

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Cities Should Provide Children with More Opportunities for Play to Counter Health, Social Problems

October 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Play is not only vital, but providing facilities encourages families to move to a city.

An appeal has been made for cities to make more space for children to play in order not just to counter the many health, learning and social problems that are due to today's kids playing less than people's generations, but to make cities themselves more attractive and safe places for young families to move to.[read more]

Without More Than a Vision, the People Perish

October 27, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Urban Vision and Future Planning

Setting visions for cities can be challenging. The Welsh Government has risen to that challenge with its regeneration program. Here’s its vision statement: "Everybody in Wales should live in well-connected vibrant, viable and sustainable communities with a strong local economy and good quality of life."[read more]

Congratulations, Your City Is Dying!

October 27, 2014 by Jim Russell

Dying Cities

In general, a declining population translates into a dying place. For a place (city or nation-state), dying can also refer to the aging of the overall population. If everyone is too old to work, then who will pay for the health care? Save the wildcard of migration, more deaths than births is an existential threat.[read more]