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Economic Sustainability

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]

'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[read more]

Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

November 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Education and the Future

For human geography graduate students at the University of Colorado, statistics was, of course, coursework that was required to be completed. I preferred theory and would rather debate philosophy than mind quantitative analysis. I put off stats as long as I could.[read more]

Five Reasons to be Optimistic About Sustainable Urban Mobility

November 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Mobility and the Future

With rapid urban growth come a number of challenges for city leaders, many of them related to increasing motorization and urban sprawl. Too often, cities are trending in the wrong direction. Urban air pollution, for example, contributes to over one million premature deaths each year.[read more]

Why Cape Town Must Get Serious About Land

November 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town and Land

In the first week of June, approximately 800 people were evicted from their homes at Lwandle informal settlement in Strand, Cape Town. It was not the first or last eviction to take place in a South African city this year. In fact, evictions happen “almost everyday throughout the country.”[read more]

France Is Dying

November 18, 2014 by Jim Russell

France and Demographics

The Discovery of France is the greatest book about geography written. Statists “discover” a nation that doesn’t exist. Who needs the Sun King when you've got the metric system? You will forgive me the use of the term “place” to mean the territory currently known by its residents, however transient they may be.[read more]

The Economics of Place: Michigan as a Beacon in the Placemaking Movement

November 18, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking in Michigan

Ever since the governor’s declaration to put placemaking at the forefront of Michigan’s economic policy, place-led development has cropped up in what some would consider the least likely of places in this midwestern state. Michigan is taking placemaking to heart in an inspiring way.[read more]