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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]

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

July 24, 2014 by Audrey Henderson

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]

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]

Detroit Aquaponics Business Combines High-Tech Ag, Social Justice Mission

Green Business and Social Justice

Many of Detroit’s urban agriculture ventures have a down-on-the-farm feel, but not the CDC Farm & Fishery. With its tubes and tanks, the business seems futuristic. You see, they are among the first aquaponic operations to set up in Detroit following the passage of an urban agriculture ordinance.[read more]

The Unbearable Lightness of Argentine Architecture: The Venice Biennale

July 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Argentine Architecture

In line with the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Argentine exhibition aims to reflect on how society incorporated modern ideas from the 20th century, to present, into its built environment.[read more]

The Impression You are Leaving

July 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Impressions

Toronto has gone through a dramatic transformation over the last decade or so. In fact, I recently had a friend say to me: “Brandon, 10 years ago you told me that Toronto was going to be a super cool global city. I didn’t believe you then. But you were right."[read more]

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Is Glasgow being Regenerated or Gentrified?

July 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Central Glasgow

Glasgow is a city that is partying this week to celebrate the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It's a city that has struggled to reinvent itself after post-industrial collapse. But has it succeeded?[read more]

Retreating from the Public Good?

July 22, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Public Good and Choice

Near Glasgow there’s a former mining village called Twechar. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, they decided they wanted to ‘do a Todmorden’ and turn unpromising public areas into colourful growing spaces. The local authority thought Edible Twechar was a wonderful idea.[read more]

America Can Learn from this French City's Complete Streets

July 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

French Complete Streets

Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that takes its complete streets to heart. The roads through the old (and new) city gracefully mix street trams/lightrail with bicycle paths and friendly traffic calmed streets, and pedestrians can move about with relative ease.[read more]