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Conservation & Recreation

Grants to Aid Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Goal: Swimmable & Fishable by 2020

October 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Inner Harbor Clean Up

As a major port city, Baltimore’s history with industrial activity influenced how the city’s land has been zoned and developed over time. The resulting design, infrastructure, and zoning of Baltimore’s neighborhoods has not always lent itself to environmental protection and sustainability.[read more]

Is the Future for London's Cyclists on the River, the Street, or Both?

October 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

London Biking Best Practices

We recently examined some of the most interesting and innovative bicycling infrastructure projects in cities worldwide, but a recent proposal for an eight-mile floating bike path on London’s River Thames might top all of these ideas in originality.[read more]

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reducing Urban Vehicle Access

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, Spain.[read more]

A Common Vision: NYC People's Climate March and City Parks

October 15, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Activism and Public Vision

While goals of climate change campaigns such as the recent People's Climate March commonly include calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable sources of energy, the role of parks in the overall environmental health of cities is often overlooked.[read more]

Line Ramstad's Democracy Through Design

October 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Democracy and Design

“Do no harm.” These are the wise and important words echoed again and again by Line Ramstad, the Norwegian-born designer who since 2009 has lived and worked in a refugee camp in a disputed zone near the border of Thailand and Burma.[read more]

Urban Protected Areas: Important for Urban People, Important for Nature Conservation Globally

October 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Urban Protected Areas

The international conservation movement traditionally has concentrated on protecting things like large, remote areas that have relatively intact natural ecosystems. It has given a lot less attention to urban places and urban people, however.[read more]

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

French Ecotourism

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.[read more]

Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change

October 14, 2014 by This Big City
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Urban Sustainability and Change

Cities offer a promising intervention level for decisive local action to address sustainability challenges, especially in terms of policy and societal action. City officials are, however, often confronted with the limitations of the policy instruments available to them.[read more]

Engaging Pittsburgh's Bus Stops: Bus Stops as Public Spaces

October 14, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Pittsburgh Bus Stop Placemaking

As the host of 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Project for Public Spaces vowed to install community-based Lighter-Quicker-Cheaper (LQC) projects that brought placemaking to Pittsburgh and connected our conference to the community.[read more]

Are Millennials Willing to Spend Most of Their Income on Housing?

October 13, 2014 by Jim Russell

Millenials and Housing Costs

"In a 10-city study released Monday, Cushman finds that the explosion of new offices and condos in downtown cores is taking place from Mexico City to New York, Chicago and Washington, driven largely by millennials keen to live close to their work."[read more]

What Links Mark Cavendish, Illusive Medals and a Nazi-Fighting Columbian Drug Lord?

October 12, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking and History

2012 wasn't the first time Britain had hosted the Olympics, nor even the second time; London is the only city to have ever played host to the Games three times. In the summer of 1948 the country was still under rations, and great swathes of London remained obliterated following the war.[read more]

Rotterdam Reinvents the Urban Food Market

October 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rotterdam Urban Food Market

Every now and then a piece of architecture comes along that makes you feel like your city should be more beautiful — or at least very least: bolder. In this case, it’s the new Market Hall in Rotterdam, which has been making the rounds on the internet since it opened last week.[read more]