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Map Reveals 39 Cities That Could Heat Themselves Using Rivers or Sea

August 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

London could heat itself from the Thames.

London could heat itself using the River Thames, and Bristol could be warmed by the River Avon in the future, if the potential identified by a new heat map of England is unleashed. It identifies 39 English cities that could take advantage of heat pumps and nearby bodies of water to deliver low carbon heat via district networks.[read more]

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Miami's 21st Century Economy is Taking Shape at Florida International University

August 21, 2014 by Peter Smith

Miami and the 21st Century Economy

News of Miami's economy tends to be dominated by the city's volatile - and often controversial - real estate market. Gleaming condos towering over Biscayne Bay and multi-million-dollar cash deals between off-shore LLCs give it an extravagance that is hard to ignore.[read more]

What Does Public and Private Sector Investment in Transport Look Like?

August 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Investment in Transit

Congestion, high levels of air pollution, and traffic crashes are consequences of a culture of investment that has focused for decades on the automobile. These externalities can cost up to 10 percent of a country’s GDP, and the world’s vehicle fleet is projected to double by 2050.[read more]

The Power of Public Spaces

August 21, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Public Space Power

Recently I’ve been awed by the power of public spaces. Summer in Portland draws everyone out into the public realm. So far this summer I’ve been to two festivals at Pioneer Square, a street festival, a movie at the park, Shakespeare at the park, several picnics and have enjoyed time by myself at different parks.[read more]

Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

August 21, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Housing Affordability and Supply

Among economists, there is a debate about how to address the problem of housing affordability. When the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland casts doubt on the efficacy of increasing supply to address rent inflation, I wonder about the research paper history that lends itself to such conclusions.[read more]

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Renewal in France

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood just outside of Paris is barely recognizable.[read more]

Bogotá Builds on its Bike Hire Scheme

August 21, 2014 by This Big City

Bogota Bike Hiring

One month ago, Bogotá launched the second corridor of its new city cycle hire scheme in the northern Parque El Virrey district. Known as Pedalea por Bogotá, the scheme is run by the city’s Institute for Recreation and Sports (IDRD) and began operations in May 2013.[read more]

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

August 20, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

The Timeless City

Take away context clues, and cities become more interesting matrices—with blank cells to complete—where each of us personalizes how space meets time. A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure—yet somehow enhance—the reality of place.[read more]

Contactless Services Make City Life Easier in Nice, France

August 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nice and Urban Services

Four years after first being set up in Nice, France, contactless payment establishes itself as a part of everyday French life. Transportation, tourism, commerce, parking…the number of ways this technology can be used to simplify people’s lives continue to multiply.[read more]

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Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

August 20, 2014 by Peter Smith

Pop-Up Rowhomes in DC

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.[read more]

Making Space for Street Vendors: Towards Equitable Urban Development

August 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Space for Street Vendors

Informal street vendors in cities around the world experience daily challenges to their economic livelihoods. For example, street vendors are perceived to be detrimental to city life, unhygienic, noisy, and to obstruct smooth flow of commuters, pedestrians and traffic.[read more]

Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]