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Reclaiming Urban Space for People with the Picnic Blanket Effect

September 23, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Reclaiming Urban Space

 

I encountered an example of defining a new space merely by putting something on the ground this weekend at the Belmont Street Fair. At the intersection of SE 34th and Belmont, which is usually never a space that you would actually want to hang out in, the organizers of the fair put down a round piece of turf.[read more]

Do Greener, Healthier Cities Need an 'Elevator Speech'?

September 23, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

The Greener City Pitch

For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences. It’s all about hyper-short attention spans, the 140-character Tweet, and the “elevator speech."[read more]

Athens is Building the World's Largest City Park

September 23, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Athens and Green Space Expansion

Athens has plans to finally provide its citizens with a source of respite, as it is poised to be home to the world’s largest city park. Hellenikon Metropolitan Park will be 2 million square meters, providing the city with the green space it desperately needs.[read more]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]

Composting: The Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes and Other Places?

September 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
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Composting and Invasive Species

As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short.[read more]

City of Lexington, Kentucky Hires Former White House Staffer as First Local Food Coordinator

September 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Coordination

The City of Lexington, Kentucky has initiated a new local foods program as part of its economic development efforts. Tapped to manage this new initiative is Lexington native Ashton Potter Wright, who has served as local food coordinator for Mayor Jim Gray’s office since the first week of June.[read more]

The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology

September 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Futurism and Arcology

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.6 billion, with 66% living in cities. How can we accommodate urbanization while avoiding costly urban sprawl that can lead to unequal access to transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions? The efficient, dense, self-contained cities of arcology.[read more]

Women in Food: Natasha Lantz Helps Build Food Co-op in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

September 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Natasha Lantz

In 2003, Natasha Lantz became a member and started volunteering at the Marquette Food Co-op, a store that sells locally-produced food in Marquette, Michigan, in the state’s Upper Peninsula. Now, she serves as the organization’s outreach director.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

Food, Flowers, and Friendships

September 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Community Gardens and Development

The SW Community Garden both feeds from and perpetuates this strong community feeling. It was the culmination of a year-long effort by a group of green-thumbed residents that had a common idea, and worked with the local government and local businesses to bring it to fruition.[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]

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]