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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]

Who Should Zone Cities?

July 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Zoning Cities

The Old Urbanist has just published an informative post called “Where Zoning Went Wrong.” In it, he talks about some of the defining characterstics of American city planning and suggests that the delegation of planning authority is what has caused many of the challenges that city builders now face.[read more]

Re-Imagining Accra’s "Public Spaces"

July 29, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Accra Public Spaces

Talented architects, designers and public space practitioners, green space enthusiasts, and everyday citizens dream of a greener Accra, one in which city parks, specifically, can become the norm. Like any growing, changing and developing city, Accra is evolving.[read more]

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Walkable Metro Areas Are More Productive & Command Higher Rental

July 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Walkable is good.

A new report ranks the top 30 metropolitan areas in the USA on the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places. It finds that higher education levels and one third higher GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita correlate with the provision of walkable places.[read more]

High Tree Canopy Cover Results In Fewer Heat-Related Emergencies

July 29, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Urban Tree Canopy and Health

As an MLA student at the University of Guelph, Drew Graham studied how heat-related emergency calls were distributed throughout a city. What he found was that areas with low tree canopy cover had significantly higher heat related emergencies and deaths.[read more]

Can Preparing for Climate Change have Social Benefits?

July 29, 2014 by Future Cape Town

The Benefits of Preparation

 

Kristian Foreman, founder of Zones Urbaines Sensibles, led the build up to Department of Design’s “Preparing for Climate Change” workshop with a lecture on integrating the environmental, social, and economic agenda when investments are made to prepare for Climate Change.[read more]

Bridging the Divide Between Vendors and Local Governments for more Inclusive Cities

Local Government and Vendor Relationships

Many cities worldwide are facing a series of challenges around informal economic activity. As they begin to modernize and transform public spaces, street vendors are often left behind or swept away. These efforts endanger not only the people who depend on the informal sector, but the city's economy.[read more]

Confusing Population Change With Migration

July 28, 2014 by Jim Russell

Populations and Migrations

Population increases, your town is a magnet. Population decreases, “brain drain” is the claim. I could provide daily fresh content in a blog about journalists, policy analysts, and academics confusing population change with net migration. Today’s demerit goes to Texas Monthly.[read more]

Helsinki Aims to Be Car-Free by 2025

July 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA
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Car-Free Helsinki

There is a very ambitious plan in Helsinki, Finland, to create a revolutionary “mobility on demand” system by 2025. The system would enable all “shared and public transport” to be paid for with a single payment network available via smartphones.[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]

How the 'Six Californias' Plan Threatens California's Transportation Future

July 26, 2014 by This Big City

Six Californias

Being the home state to Silicon Valley is a mixed blessing. No one can deny that there are advantages to concentrating the world’s best programmers and designers. But when the tech gurus think they can solve the problems of your state by treating it like a start-up, things start to get messy.[read more]

Customers Protest New Women-Only Cars on São Paulo Metro System

Women-Only Metro Cars

Are you in favor of women-only metro cars in a metro system? Public opinion is divided on a law that passed the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo (Alesp) and requires the Paulista Metropolitan Trains Company (CPTM) to build cars exclusively for female passengers.[read more]