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Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

October 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Seattle Shrinking?

Consider me a proponent of the micro-housing movement in Seattle. I support the anti-materialist aesthetic. Live where you want to live. Be willing to give up square footage to accomplish that goal. Unintentionally, this emergent residential pattern is commensal with the shifting economic geography of tech firms.[read more]

Big Cities have Rebounded the Fastest Since 2008

October 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Big City Rebound

Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis published a study earlier this summer where he looked at employment growth according to city size across the US. What he found since the Great Recession of 2008-2010 is that larger metros have rebounded the fastest.[read more]

'Citizens United' is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There's Hope

October 22, 2014 by This Big City

Citizens United and Local Governance

Recently, a study was released that examined the effect of the Citizens United supreme court ruling on state and local governments. This decision, handed down in January 2010, has become infamous in US national politics for opening elections to huge donations from wealthy donors.[read more]

Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities

October 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Cities and Connections

The aim of ecologists and scientists to strengthen the capacity of the city to connect nature within and across it, and is the same instinct that those of us who focus on the physical shape and function of city have: to enable connectivity than enhances the overall function of the whole.[read more]

Life as a Lunatic: Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin

October 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farming and Lunacy

Joel Salatin is a holistic farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and an iconic figure in the sustainable food movement. Salatin practices a healing-the-land approach to farming in the face of much criticism from both traditional and sustainable agriculture advocates.[read more]

Transit and Residential Neighborhoods: Questioning the Affordability of Residential Neighborhoods Around Metro Rail Stations

October 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Dehli Housing and Mass Transit

Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for the integration of land use and transportation planning for many decades. Only since the 1980s though have cities revisited this concept and acknowledged its benefits for urban development.[read more]

Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Compact Communities and Health

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.[read more]

Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

Speeding in Paradise: Contradictions Abound at Rio de Janeiro's Beachfront

October 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Beachfront Traffic

Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the busy Avenida Vieira Souto before they can settle in on their beach towel.[read more]

Hot Pink Paper Campaign Aims to Make Cities Work for Women and Girls

October 21, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Women and Cities

When considering who represents the marginalized in cities, we are arguably more likely to think of senior citizens, people with disabilities - even cyclists - before women and girls. An organization called Women Transforming Cities is raising awareness of issues for women and girls living in cities.[read more]

X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park

October 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

DC and Bridge Design

Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.[read more]

New Approach Paves Way to Manage Violence in Cities in the Global South

October 21, 2014 by Environment and Urbanization

Violence in the Global South

The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization, themed around "Conflict and violence in 21st century cities", argues for a more realistic approach to urban violence in the global South. The issue addresses topics including gangs, gender-based violence, and sensationalized reporting.[read more]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

Millions in the UK Do Not Receive a Living Wage and Income Inequality is Rising

October 20, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Living Wages

Wages that are high enough that they can be lived on doesn't sound like too much to ask for does it? However, millions in the United Kingdom don't receive pay that covers something as basic as the cost of living - whilst the very rich are getting even richer.[read more]

Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India

October 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Ridesharing

Uber – one of the largest ridesharing services in the world – began operating in India when it expanded to Bangalore. In August, the company announced that it would launch its service in four new Indian cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata, and now serves a total of ten Indian cities.[read more]