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The Growing Shadow of Self Storage

January 27, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Self Storage Growth

Similar to the growth of digital space in the cloud, the displacement of our excess stuff to an out-of-sight location can be perceived as utilizing an endless amount of space with little repercussion, but this strengthening trend has fuelled an industry in the business of taking up space while giving little back.[read more]

Are Small Retail Condos a Sustainable Use of Buildings?

January 27, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Retail and Real Estate

Retail is one of the hardest — if not the hardest — real estate category to get right. If you don’t have the right setup, the right location, and the right tenant mix, you can fail pretty easily. It’s a bit of an art. And that obviously applies to both landlords and tenants.[read more]

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There's a $90 Trillion Plan to Rid the World's Cities of Cars

January 26, 2015 by David Thorpe

The way to go.

Over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. 24 leaders from government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries think it should be spent fighting climate change. And one of the key challenges is to remove cars from cities.[read more]

Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

January 26, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Small-scale sustainability

In my writing I frequently celebrate leadership in community sustainability from such progressive, highly urbanized metro areas. But it can be tough to find green practices in smaller towns and cities, many of which are struggling to stay alive and have trouble assembling the resources for new initiatives of any sort.[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

3 Challenges for Informal Traders

January 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Informal Economics

Informal trade is a characteristic element of many African cities, yet it still resists easy explanation and classification. Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising have produced a study that explores the various conditions of street vendors in Accra, Ahmedabad, Durban, Lima and Nakuru.[read more]

People-Oriented Streets and the Built Environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars Present at Transforming Transportation 2015

January 24, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

People-Oriented Street Design

Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state, road safety champions, and entrepreneurs.[read more]

Bécancour, Quebec, Canada Unveils New Brand Identity

January 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Brand Identity Action

The City of Bécancour in Quebec, Canada has just announced that, as promised, it has created a new visual identity for itself. This includes a graphic platform and signature, created to completely redefine the city. The goal, from the beginning, was to revise and standardize the city’s image.[read more]

Farm-to-School Program Brings Fresh and Local to Riverside, California School District

January 23, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farm-to-School and Student Health

In the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California students enjoy access to locally-sourced salad bars and experiential learning opportunities in agriculture and nutrition. Much of this success has been spearheaded by Rodney Taylor, Director of Nutrition Services for Riverside Unified School District.[read more]

Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

January 23, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic, Paper, Recycling, and the Future

Two entrepreneurs have figured out how to make mineral paper out of PET plastic bottles that’s four times cheaper than current methods.[read more]

Can We Have Better Growth and a Better Climate at the Same Time?

January 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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How to Grow While Protecting the Climate

 

Can we grow while protecting the climate? Yes, said Felipe Calderón, chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, who spoke at the Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. The economy and the climate are intrinsically connected, and so are their problems.[read more]

Why are Milliennials Flocking to Des Moines, Iowa?

January 22, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Millenials in Des Moines

On its surface, the city of Des Moines may not seem like the most attractive place in which to settle down. It’s located in the middle of the state, surrounded in all directions by a buffer of cornfields. Despite this, Des Moines was recently named by Forbes as the top city for young professionals.[read more]