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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]

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]

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]

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]

The Will to Try New Things

October 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

The Urban and the New

I’m a big fan of wine. But in particular, I like and I support Ontario wines. And recently I was in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Stratus Vineyards annual harvest party. It happens every year and, as the name suggests, it kind of marks the end of the growing season for the vineyard.[read more]

Uphill Cycling a Breeze Thanks to This City's Bike Escalator

October 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Escalators

Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable.[read more]

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Life Hubs: A New Concept for Urban Planning and Transport

October 22, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Grenoble transport hub – presented at the Walk21 conference

If cities are to be engines of economic activity, people need to be able to travel easily, cheaply and healthily. Speakers at Sydney's Walk21 conference, happening now, say that there is an urgent need for city leaders – mayors and senior administrators – to factor in the wider benefits of cycling and walking.[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]

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]

'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]

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]

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]

Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield
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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]