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Untapping the Potential of Science-Government Partnerships to Benefit Urban Nature 

September 2, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Promoting urban nature.

Promoting urban nature is a significant challenge for local governments. It is evident that it consists of much more than simply protecting areas of high biodiversity from human activity; it is about enhancing and even creating novel forms of ‘nature’ to promote the environmental and social sustainability of cities for decades to come.[read more]

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One Year On From Car-Free Month in Suwon, What Has Changed?

September 2, 2014 by David Thorpe

Old tyres make a sculpture for a cyclist in a car-free area to gaze at.

It's exactly one year since the city of Suwon in South Korea practised an amazing experiment. In the Haenggung-dong neighborhood, 1500 cars were removed from the streets as their 4,343 owners volunteered not to use them for one whole month. What has changed since then?[read more]

L.A. Hanging on as a Top Global City

September 2, 2014 by Christopher Sellers

Los Angeles.

For more than a century, Southern Californians have dreamed of their region becoming host to a great global city. At the turn of the 20th century Henry Huntington, who built much of the area’s first mass-transit system, proclaimed that “Los Angeles is destined to become the most important city in the world.”[read more]

Can Markets Make for a Better Future Cape Town?

September 2, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Markets.

Spanish markets are an integral part of some communities. In a recent tweet Future Cape Town shared an interesting fact. Markets in Barcelona were ranked as the 2nd most valuable public service after libraries. Having just returned from Spain enjoying these markets, it made me wonder why Cape Town does not have similar “fresh produce” markets.[read more]

Sharing Activist Reveal Plan to Turn Los Angeles Into a Sharing Mecca

September 1, 2014 by Neal Gorenflo

Sharing economy.

"One day it occurred to me that I didn’t know many people in my own neighborhood, and I wanted to find a way to do that. I felt like if we were ever going to make real change, it was going to have to happen from the ground up. I found the time bank on the internet and just showed up at a potluck."[read more]

Toronto Approves 755 Storeys of New Development

September 1, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

New building in Toronto.

Earlier this week, Toronto City Council approved the equivalent of 755 storeys of new development, a lot of which will end up in the downtown core. The translates into 6,887 new housing units and roughly 4 million square feet of new commercial space. The Globe and Mail called it the Manhattanization of downtown.[read more]

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WEBCAST: George Marshall on Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

September 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

George Marshall, whose brain is wired up to talk about climate change.

Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know? An interview with George Marshall, author of a groundbreaking new book called Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.[read more]

The Top Ten Best Busking Hotspots in the World

August 31, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Life

In 2011 I went to forty major cities in thirty countries on five continents to film street performers. Traveling like that, it doesn’t take long to start to feel that city centres are nothing but a tool set up to help people get from point A to point B via a Starbucks. Only one thing continued to stand out: the buskers.[read more]

Who Are Our Streets For?: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen

August 31, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Madeline Brozen and the Meaning of Streets

 

Madeline Brozen is a Program Manager within UCLA’s Complete Streets Initiative and a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Her research focuses on urban design policy, with an emphasis on how cities can shift from car-oriented streets to infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking.[read more]

Make No Little Plans

August 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Water in Chicago

I’m a big fan of Chicago. Having now visited, I can say that everyone was right when they told me that I was going to love it. But I don’t want to talk about any of these things today. I want to talk about something much more specific that stood out to me last weekend: Chicago’s relationship to both the water and the street.[read more]

How Would You Get Around Your City With No Gasoline?

August 31, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Gas Shortages and Transit Options

The fuel crisis that occurred in the 1970's led to a renaissance for the bicycle. There had been hopes the renaissance would be long-lived, but when the oil started flowing again and the streets filled with cars the bicycle boom was quickly over.[read more]

Public Consultation is Broken

August 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

For new developments, the process works more or less like this: The developer makes an application to the city. The city reviews it and then agrees to move towards a public/community meeting. Once a date is set, notices go out, and the developer secretly hopes that no one will show up.[read more]