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Conservation & Recreation

Two Cities' Bold Plans to Make Cars Obsolete

Carless Cities and Public Transport

Helsinki and Hamburg are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times boldly states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.” Hamburg, meanwhile, has announced a plan to create and link 27 square miles of green spaces throughout the city.[read more]

Detroit After-School Program Teaches Youth Business Of Food

Detroit Food Academy

Food entrepreneurship as an after-school activity? Over the last few years, Detroit Food Academy has been making exactly this a reality for young people in the Motor City. With help from local educators, schools and food businesses, the nonprofit project teaches food preparation and leadership skills.[read more]

What We Like - and Don't Like - About Our Cities

July 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Liking and Not Liking City Life

 

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a new study released last week by Sasaki Associates.[read more]

Where Does our Affordable Housing Go?

July 30, 2014 by David Edmondson

Affordable Housing

People regularly complain that there isn’t enough affordable housing being built in the Marin area, and they blame the developer for it. Quite often, however, it’s neighborhood concerns – often quite reasonable – that drive up the cost of development.[read more]

Beach Pollution a Major Threat to Fisheries, Economy, and Tourism in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Beach Pollution in Brazil

The mission: picking up trash on a stretch of the Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future in Fortaleza, Brazil). Sponsored by the Cleaning the World Organization, volunteers gathered together with gloves to protect their hands, clipboards to record their progress, and bags to be filled.[read more]

Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan

July 28, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Japan and Urban Biodiversity

We have been designing school gardens, river banks, urban forests and city parks over the last 12 years. The aim of these projects is to create areas for children’s play, ecological education, and biodiversity preservation that can simultaneously form part of an ecological network in an urban area.[read more]

Irrational Choice Theory: The LeBron James Migration From Miami to Cleveland

July 27, 2014 by Jim Russell

LeBron James and Irrationality

 

Perhaps nothing is wrong with Miami. Perhaps when I write that a place is dying, I’m mocking the demographic ignorance that shovels dirt on shrinking cities located in the Rust Belt. Perhaps Bill Simmons should start shaving with Occam’s razor.[read more]

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Old Breweries in Baltimore

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S. have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing their doors.[read more]

Michigan Market Serves Neighborhood with Incubator Kitchen, Indoor Market, and Online Food Hub

Dynamic Michigan Market

Local food growers, consumers and entrepreneurs in the Lansing, Michigan area have had good cause to celebrate as of late. Allen Neighborhood Center, a community development agency that doubles as Mid-Michigan’s nonprofit food hub, opened the doors of a warehouse they’d spent months renovating.[read more]

A City's Shared Gardens

July 26, 2014 by Kate Gallery

Urban Gardens

I used to love walking through Fort Mason’s not-so-secret city garden when I lived in San Francisco. I’d see people awake in the early morning, hard at work tending to their tomatoes and peppers and roses. Their tiny plots were so precious to them.[read more]

Montreal, Quebec Welcomes Its First Parklet

July 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal and Parklets

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or 'placottoirs' in French, are sitting and rest areas resembling outdoor terraces.[read more]

Cinema Shows the Power of Sustainable Transport

Film and Sustainable Transit

Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why.[read more]