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Named and Shamed: the Banks Most Responsible for Increasing Global Warming

October 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 'Banks Quit Coal' campaign needs you!

Can a city claim that it is working for sustainability if the bank it uses invests in the coal industry? A new report identifies the banks which contribute most to this climate-destroying activity, enabling public financiers to switch their business to clean banks.[read more]

New York City's Green SWAT Team

October 31, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

New York's Green SWAT

Sustainability requires new legislation, but it also requires compliance with laws and regulations. This was the message of Gina Bocra, chief sustainability officer; Emily Hoffman, director of energy code compliance; and Holly Savoia, director of sustainability enforcement, all with the New York City government.[read more]

The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Food Desert or Breadbasket?

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” you wouldn't think food security would pose a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as food deserts.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

Getting Animated about Transit Oriented Development in Mexico [VIDEO]

October 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mexico TOD

ITDP Mexico’s “Mejores Calles, Mejores Ciudades” (Better Streets, Better Cities) video advocates the implementation of TOD strategies across the country. This impetus is greater given it responds to the demographic trends of the country: 77% of Mexico’s citizens live in cities.[read more]

Safer Cities for the Asian Century

October 29, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Asia Road Safety

With the next few decades expected to witness Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence, the eyes of the world have focused on Asian cities as the engines of this growth. The Asian Development Bank Transport Forum 2014 highlighted the need for safe, sustainable transport in the Asian Century.[read more]

Klyde Warren Park Wins Open Space Award

October 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Winning Dallas Park

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas won the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Open Space Award, which recognizes “public spaces that have socially and economically enriched and revitalized their communities.” Completed in 2012, the 5-acre park is a green roof, decking over the sunken Woodall Rogers Freeway.[read more]

Halifax Turns its Library into the City's Living Room

October 28, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Libraries and Public Placemaking

As libraries struggle to stay relevant against the instant allure of e-readers, Google, Netflix and online music streaming, Halifax is taking a big step in making them cool again. The city is currently transforming its Halifax Central Public Library into a community hub for the digital age.[read more]

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil and Traffic Safety

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that you may be more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year.[read more]

Without More Than a Vision, the People Perish

October 27, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Urban Vision and Future Planning

Setting visions for cities can be challenging. The Welsh Government has risen to that challenge with its regeneration program. Here’s its vision statement: "Everybody in Wales should live in well-connected vibrant, viable and sustainable communities with a strong local economy and good quality of life."[read more]

The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 25, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Importance of Water

Drinking water is good for you. Duh! Yes, we all know that water is vital to maintaining health, and even life itself; if asked to name the health benefits of water beyond “maintaining health and life itself,” though, most of us might find ourselves stumped.[read more]

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco's Homeless 'Epidemic?'

October 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Homeless

People step over the homeless wearing shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved.[read more]