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In Defence of Fair-Weather Cyclists: How Do You Keep a City Cycling, Even in the Worst of Winter?

February 1, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Weather and Cycling Habits

 

One of the most persistent criticisms I hear leveled against investing in cycling is that the very moment that the weather becomes inclement, a lot of people will people stop riding their bikes, therefore making it an unreliable way of moving people in cities.[read more]

Common Sense Urban Tools to Change Cities, Via Curitiba

February 1, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Development Tools

Acupuncture is a method to stimulate specific points of the body to regulate a specific pathology and benefit the broader system. In this sense, Jaime Lerner, in the new English Edition of his 'Urban Acupuncture,' proposes to point to specific evidence and specific actions in the city to comfort general urban illness.[read more]

Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix

January 31, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Super Bowl and Food Waste

I’ve always thought that using the world of sports to highlight sustainability made a lot of sense: not only do these businesses stand to benefit greatly from lightening their footprint, but they’ve also got huge captive audiences for the message.[read more]

Longest Footbridge East of the Mississippi: Century-Old Willimantic Footbridge

January 31, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Connecticut Footbridge

While Willimantic’s Frog Bridge might be eastern Connecticut’s most familiar bridge, there is actually a far more historically notable bridge close by that has provided access to Willimantic’s downtown for over a century: the Willimantic Footbridge.[read more]

Top 10 Walking States in America

January 31, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Walking and the United States

Since states are composed of cities, which generally constitute the majority of a states’ population, it is significant that the states with the most walking have cities known for walkability. Indeed, the top three states, New York, California, and Washington, have some of the country’s most walkable cities.[read more]

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UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

January 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The agreement affects about half the world's local governments.

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with three other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together on development issues in order to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote democracy and sustainable development.[read more]

What Do Developers Think About Managing for Biodiversity in Conservation Developments?

January 30, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Biodiversity, development and conservation - can they coexist?

Recently, a popular concept called conservation development (CD) has gained traction in many planning and design fields. CDs typically are developments where homes are clustered on small lots with the remaining areas conserved as open space, as opposed to traditional development.[read more]

Building an Aquaponics Megafarm in Anaheim: A Q&A With Aaron Flora

January 29, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Anaheim Megafarm

Aaron Flora has worked on creating farms with Renewable Farms for years, but he just recently embarked on his biggest project to date, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign: a mega-aquaponics farm for the city of Anaheim, California that will double as a community training center.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

New York City's Mean Streets Get Sweeter

January 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Street Life

“New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner for Mayor Mike Bloomberg. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.”[read more]

Six Mayors Who Bike, and Why This is a Good Thing

January 28, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Biking Mayors and Urban Transportation

With more cities than ever before implementing bike-share systems and expanding cycling infrastructure, we had to ask ourselves: are our leaders practicing what they preach on sustainable urban mobility? As it turns out, many of them are.[read more]

Can Aquaponics Thrive in the Midwest? Indiana Startup Bets On It

January 28, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Midwest Local Food Source Development

How can a cold, Midwestern state grow organic produce all year, while also providing fresh fish to the local community? Those are the questions Justin Long, co-founder and CEO, and Jason Fry, co-founder, asked themselves before founding Blue Lotus Aquaponics in November 2013.[read more]