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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]

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]

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]

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]

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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]

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]

Public Space in Motion, from Nice, France [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People in Motion

The motion of people in places like traditional public spaces in Nice, France is a fascinating subject of study. It involves everything from cafe culture, tram public transportation, buses, cars, pedestrians, to how the space acts as a place of public meeting and communication for the local population.[read more]

Rotterdam: Story of an Open City [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Rotterdam as Open City

 

"This is a city haunted by the past, nostalgic for the future and unable to live in the present." This opening message evokes the polemic of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ ‘second city’. This portrait of Rotterdam reflects on past struggles such as the Rotterdam Blitz that destroyed the city centre in the spring of 1940.[read more]

Ottawa, Canada Youth Should be Involved in the Planning Process

September 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Youth in Ottawa

It is important to have a youthful voice in city planning. I have repeatedly found myself to be the youngest person at planning open-houses and consultations I have attended in Ottawa. By missing these events, youth miss the opportunity to provide input on projects that will affect them greatly.[read more]

Rabat, Morocco to Undergo "City of Lights" Transformation by 2017

September 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Lights in Rabat

Long confined to the status of an administrative city, Morocco’s capital dreams of becoming an international city of culture and knowledge. In the minds of Casablanca’s residents, Rabat is a city where nothing happens, living according to a monotone rhythm that rubs off on its inhabitants.[read more]

Colorado Couple Pioneers Local Food District in Denver Suburb

September 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food in the Suburbs

Situated on the last few acres of a 140-year old homestead, Everitt Farms hopes to serve as a platform for a local food district, returning a new Denver suburb to its agricultural roots. Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the farm is an agricultural experiment initiated by husband-and-wife team Derek and Kamise Mullen.[read more]

Walking the Way to Better High Streets

September 16, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Walking the Streets

I’ve heard many metaphors for high streets over the years, but there was a new one this week: they’re like hedgerows. Or, to be much more specific about the subject, the significance of high streets can be measured a bit like the significance of hedgerows.[read more]

Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy?

September 16, 2014 by This Big City
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Cities and Happiness

Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however, actually make us much happier than we might otherwise believe.[read more]

World's Best Places to Live: The Global Liveability Index

September 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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The Best Places to Live

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability index has been out for a couple of weeks now and Lagos remains at the bottom of the list. The ranking assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.[read more]

What Does the Future of Sustainable Transport Look Like in Lagos?

September 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Lagos and Sustainable Urban Transport

Lagos – the largest city and commercial capital of Nigeria – has traditionally struggled with a lack of reliable mass transit systems and severe traffic congestion. The average Lagos commuter spends over three hours in traffic every day. However, the city has made strides to improve mass transit options.[read more]

Shanghai's Silent Motorcycles: What Do they Say About Global Pollution?

September 15, 2014 by Patrick Lydon

Shanghai Motorcycles

A lot of talk about China in the West is about the polution it spews, about the dirty cities, the un-breathable air. On a recent visit to Shanghai, however, something astounding stuck out. The motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters were not spouting fumes.[read more]

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'Do Highly Creative People Move More than Others, or Does Moving make People more Creative?'

September 15, 2014 by Jim Russell

Do creative people make the place, or does the place make creative people? Immigrant gateway cities in any country also double as national cultural centers. Immigrants, more than other movers, end up in dense hotbeds of innovation. I could endlessly chase my own tail in a game of chicken-or-egg.[read more]

The Option of Sensing the City

September 15, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

An Urban Sense

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.[read more]