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An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

November 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

... but more is needed to feed the world.

A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.[read more]

Could Sliding Scale Home Purchases Work?

November 26, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Home Pricing Methods

There are a litany of calculators out there for people to use when they are ready to calculate how much home they can afford. Put in the magic number and you get exactly what level of house you can afford, at the perfect time. What if that magic number was the only number you needed to get a house or an apartment?[read more]

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Bristol Takes Steps Towards Becoming the UK's Second One Planet City

November 25, 2014 by David Thorpe
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One planet living has ten principles.

Next year Bristol is to be Europe's Green Capital City (this year it is Copenhagen). A partnership of 600+ local organisations is considering using the energy generated by this to launch a proposal that Bristol adopts the target of becoming a One Planet City.[read more]

Brain Drain Is Economic Development

November 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

Brain Drain

If one shifts focus from places to people, migration is economic development. Moving to a big city increases the chances of finding a job. Moving to a big city increases the wage earned at the job. For the migrant, income goes up. What about the place left behind?[read more]

Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case

November 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Elderly Flight to the Suburbs in Montreal

If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,” who are set to expand the cohort of seniors over the course of the coming decades like never before, to urban centers.[read more]

Dear Gregor: Some Suggestions for a Smoother Term as Vancouver's Mayor

November 24, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver's Mayorship

Dear Gregor: Congratulations on being elected as mayor of Vancouver for a second term. It looked like a close race in those last few weeks. You seemed a little unsure that you could pull it off this time around. I know this because I received roughly twelve pre-recorded phone calls from you.[read more]

From Vacant Lot to Garden Spot: LA-Based Nonprofit Greens Up Blighted Land

November 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing Blighted Urban Land

Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots of green space and parkland. According to founder Viviana Franco, they have spearheaded several urban and community garden initiatives throughout Southern California.[read more]

Belval: From Luxembourg's Largest Steelworks to Mixed-Use Community

November 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urbanism and Community Building Reclamation

Belval is a neighborhood in the west end of Luxembourg’s second largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette. The neighborhood used to consist of the largest steelworks in the country. But with the decline of steel production, the area fell into decline. Today, it’s being reborn as a 21st century mixed-use community.[read more]

Gated Communities Lock Cities Into Cycles of Inequality

November 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Communities and Inequality

In recent years, many films have portrayed the landscape of urban marginality and inequality in Latin America. The Mexican thriller, La Zona (the Zone), in depicting the disturbing panorama of inequality in Latin America’s megacities and the consequences of socially and economically divided cities.[read more]

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New Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas Formed

November 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

In Spanish it's called RAMA.

The metropolitan authorities of South, Central and North America – together containing one third of the population of the Americas – have united in a new network. The Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas will promote understanding and cooperation, and coordinate action up to the landmark UN Habitat III conference in 2016.[read more]

The Economic Geography of Workforce Development

November 21, 2014 by Jim Russell

Economic Geography

Without geographic analysis, demographers often overlook keen insights into fertility trends. The same caution applies to economists. For example, there's Harvard economist Edward Glaeser overlooking keen insights into Boston’s talent demography.[read more]

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The Road to One Planet Living Starts Here

November 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

The One Planet Life

The idea of the ecological footprint is a brilliant communication tool for promoting genuinely sustainable living and development and gives rise to the idea of One Planet Living. Read about its potential and power to transform lives and cities, a challenge some are already taking up. And take advantage of a 20% off offer on a new book on the subject![read more]