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Economic Sustainability

Beach Pollution a Major Threat to Fisheries, Economy, and Tourism in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Beach Pollution in Brazil

The mission: picking up trash on a stretch of the Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future in Fortaleza, Brazil). Sponsored by the Cleaning the World Organization, volunteers gathered together with gloves to protect their hands, clipboards to record their progress, and bags to be filled.[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]

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]

Michigan Market Serves Neighborhood with Incubator Kitchen, Indoor Market, and Online Food Hub

Dynamic Michigan Market

Local food growers, consumers and entrepreneurs in the Lansing, Michigan area have had good cause to celebrate as of late. Allen Neighborhood Center, a community development agency that doubles as Mid-Michigan’s nonprofit food hub, opened the doors of a warehouse they’d spent months renovating.[read more]

A City's Shared Gardens

July 26, 2014 by Kate Gallery

Urban Gardens

I used to love walking through Fort Mason’s not-so-secret city garden when I lived in San Francisco. I’d see people awake in the early morning, hard at work tending to their tomatoes and peppers and roses. Their tiny plots were so precious to them.[read more]

Battle of the Public Intellectuals: Edward Glaeser vs. Richard Florida

July 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

Intellectuals and Public Debate

Austin has a gentrification problem. Dallas has a gentrification problem. Houston has a gentrification problem. On the other hand, Brownsville looks dirt cheap. If cost of rent drives migration, then everyone in Austin should move to Pittsburgh, or Brownsville (which offers even cheaper rent than Pittsburgh).[read more]

The AirBnB Phenomenon: What's the Impact on Cities?

July 24, 2014 by This Big City

AirBnB and Urban Change

While some say AirBnB is helping build a “sharing economy” where money is redistributed to low-income individuals and small businesses, others claim it’s fueling a lucrative underground economy, promoting the evasion of taxes and contributing to an acute shortage of affordable housing.[read more]

Serious Games for Urban Planning

July 24, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Planning Gaming

Tygron, a company that creates serious games for urban development, hosted part of the Serious Gaming workshop. Tygron’s products were created out of a need for city planners to be able to conceptualize development initiatives before they are put into policy.[read more]

How Will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Aging Urban Resources

Two super-hospitals are currently under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and will reinforce Montreal’s position as a leader in life sciences research.[read more]

Congestion Pricing can make Beijing a more Equitable City

Beijing and Congestion Pricing

China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term.[read more]

What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

July 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Microsoft Cuts and Talent Migration

The Tech Economy is dying. And by that, I mean the Innovation Economy (to stick with Enrico Moretti’s terminology in his book The New Geography of Jobs) is dying. The “Innovation Economy” is an epoch, following on the heels of agriculture and manufacturing.[read more]