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Golden Gate Bridge Sidewalk Toll is just the Latest in a String of Bad Ideas

October 26, 2014 by David Edmondson

Like many bad notions, the idea of charging a toll on bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the Golden Gate Bridge has risen from its apparent grave. As it has before, the proposal has raised the ire of bike coalitions on both sides of the bridge, not to mention smart growth organizations in San Francisco.[read more]

The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 25, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Importance of Water

Drinking water is good for you. Duh! Yes, we all know that water is vital to maintaining health, and even life itself; if asked to name the health benefits of water beyond “maintaining health and life itself,” though, most of us might find ourselves stumped.[read more]

London Garage to Sell for £550,000

October 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

London's Valuable Real Estate

A garage located in the Chelsea area of London measures about 11’ x 7’ and it’s expected to go for more than £550,000 at auction, which would make it the most expensive garage ever sold in the UK. The site area is 535 square foot, about the size of an average one bedroom condo in Toronto.[read more]

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco's Homeless 'Epidemic?'

October 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Homeless

People step over the homeless wearing shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved.[read more]

Local Food Hub Works on Getting Beyond Commodity Corn in The Hoosier State

October 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Hub in Indiana

That sweet corn at your nearest supermarket chain probably was not grown locally. In all likelihood, neither were the green beans, lettuce or apples. Husk is trying to change that. With headquarters in Indiana, the startup is aiming to make sure locally-produced food at supermarkets and not just farmers’ markets.[read more]

Voices of the City: Cyril Naicker

October 25, 2014 by Future Cape Town

City Voices of Cape Town

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. This week we hear from Cyril Naicker, the creative director of CT inVogue. Naicker is currently developing MyVogue Africa – a fashion reality series.[read more]

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Europe Sets 40% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for 2030

October 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission, at the summit.

European leaders have set binding targets of at least 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 27% for the share of renewable energy consumed, and an indicative target of 27% for improving energy efficiency.[read more]

The Story of Two Urban Giants [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Skyscrapers and History

I recently stumbled upon an interesting documentary about two New York skyscrapers that were built in the 1930s as telecommunications buildings: the Western Union Building and the AT&T Long Lines Building. It’s fascinating to see how they have evolved along with technological change.[read more]

Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Portland Transit Oriented Development

Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600,000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development. Peter Calthorpe, a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism was one of the original pioneers of transit-oriented development.[read more]

Cheating Demographic Doom: Pittsburgh Exceptionalism and Japan's Surprising Economic Resilience

October 24, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demographic Doom and Risk

Pittsburgh holds the dubious distinction of having the lowest share (10.8 percent) of children among the 52 largest metros. Imagine this cohort aging in place, no one leaving or arriving. Without the benefit of migration, Pittsburgh will become the smallest of the big metros.[read more]

A Vision for Public Food Production

October 24, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Public Food Production

We are increasingly concerned about the provenance of our food. Movements supporting local food production, urban agriculture, and more socially-equitable food systems have gained increasing traction over the last decade. Meanwhile, our industrial food systems are increasingly vulnerable.[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil Street Markets Celebrate 100 Years

October 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sao Paulo Street Markets

On August 25th, 2014 we celebrated 100 years of the formal existence of street markets in São Paulo, a true cultural heritage of the city. The date refers to the first regulation of this activity in the capital, Act 710, signed by Mayor Washington Luis in 1914.[read more]

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100 Cities Sign UP for Climate Change Adaptation Program

October 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mayors Adapt is the name of this game 

The first pan-European initiative to support cities in leading the way on adaptation to climate change saw 100 cities be recognised at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony in Brussels last week attended by high-level representatives.An Urban Adaptation Support Tool was launched that any city may use.[read more]

Fighting for 'Mini-Hollands' in Outer London: 5 Things We Can Learn From Walthamstow

October 23, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Better Biking in Outer London

Recently, we've been focusing on the fight to ensure London's "Crossrail for Bikes" get built. But these are not the only important plans currently under consideration. Today we hear about Walthamstow's "Mini-Holland" proposals, and what the struggle to get them implemented can teach other campaigners.[read more]

10 Agriculture Jobs That Didn’t Exist 25 Years Ago

October 23, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Agriculture Jobs

What we as a nation define as “agriculture” is morphing and expanding to reflect the changing landscape of American industry. So here are ten new agriculture and food-sector jobs and employment positions that didn’t actually exist twenty-five years ago.[read more]

In a Volatile Period

October 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Space Development

“We are at the volatile beginning period when all the plants are fighting it out. We have to help the newly planted grasses dominate,” said Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, at the kick-off of the restoration of the 10-acre meadow at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C.[read more]

Food Waste Facts in the UK [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 23, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Waste Facts

Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too. And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main idea behind it involves global food issues.[read more]