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Map Reveals 39 Cities That Could Heat Themselves Using Rivers or Sea

August 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

London could heat itself from the Thames.

London could heat itself using the River Thames, and Bristol could be warmed by the River Avon in the future, if the potential identified by a new heat map of England is unleashed. It identifies 39 English cities that could take advantage of heat pumps and nearby bodies of water to deliver low carbon heat via district networks.[read more]

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Miami's 21st Century Economy is Taking Shape at Florida International University

August 21, 2014 by Peter Smith

Miami and the 21st Century Economy

News of Miami's economy tends to be dominated by the city's volatile - and often controversial - real estate market. Gleaming condos towering over Biscayne Bay and multi-million-dollar cash deals between off-shore LLCs give it an extravagance that is hard to ignore.[read more]

Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

August 21, 2014 by Jim Russell

Housing Affordability and Supply

Among economists, there is a debate about how to address the problem of housing affordability. When the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland casts doubt on the efficacy of increasing supply to address rent inflation, I wonder about the research paper history that lends itself to such conclusions.[read more]

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Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

August 20, 2014 by Peter Smith

Pop-Up Rowhomes in DC

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.[read more]

Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]

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Possibly the World's First Battery-powered Train Is Undergoing Trials

August 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Batteries included

Trials of what is thought to be the UK's – and possibly the world's – first battery-powered train have begun by network operator Network Rail. A battery-powered train would not have to use diesel and could run on non-electrified track.[read more]

Residents of São Paulo, Paulistanos, Lose One Month Per Year Sitting in Traffic

August 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Traffic and Wasted Time

If you won two weeks vacation every month, what would you do? Time is freedom. To enjoy family, to travel, go to the park, the beach, the movies, all of the activities that enrich our lives. The good news is that our city São Paulo has great weather, but we are stuck in traffic.[read more]

Growing in the Far North: Spring Creek Farm Cultivates Produce and Education in Alaska

Far North Farming

Spring Creek Farm, founded by Louise Kellogg, houses Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus in Palmer, Alaska. “The goal was to create a campus for the University, a very small one,” says Steve Rubinstein, the director of APU’s graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education.[read more]

Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don't Blame Housing Supply

August 15, 2014 by Jim Russell
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New York and the Housing Supply

Are the rents being too damn high more a function of limited supply or strong demand? I considered the empirical analysis of supply side economic theory. This generic perspective doesn’t mean that what failed to materialize in a labor market would similarly fail in a housing market.[read more]

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Will the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals Offer Real Value?

August 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bjørn Lomborg is crunching the numbers

The final work is ongoing to draft a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and set the international development agenda for the following 15 years. But is it sufficient to determine them purely on the basis of value for money?[read more]

Are Streetcars Worth the Investment?

August 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Are Streetcars Worthwhile?

Streetcars have become increasingly common in the United States, with 23 existing systems and another 12 currently under construction. Though they typically travel more slowly and cover shorter distances than other forms of public transport, streetcars can help shape the identity of urban corridors.[read more]

The Uncomfortable Facts About Biking and Minorities

August 14, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking and Race

A lot of people will insist that there are no racial barriers to bicycling. This may technically be true. Everyone is technically welcome to bicycling. But why is it, according to the research of Eve Bratman and Adam Jadhav, that “in some places, the people who ride are mostly wealthy and white?”[read more]