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Demographics

What We Like - and Don't Like - About Our Cities

July 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Liking and Not Liking City Life

 

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a new study released last week by Sasaki Associates.[read more]

Where Does our Affordable Housing Go?

July 30, 2014 by David Edmondson

Affordable Housing

People regularly complain that there isn’t enough affordable housing being built in the Marin area, and they blame the developer for it. Quite often, however, it’s neighborhood concerns – often quite reasonable – that drive up the cost of development.[read more]

Who Should Zone Cities?

July 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Zoning Cities

The Old Urbanist has just published an informative post called “Where Zoning Went Wrong.” In it, he talks about some of the defining characterstics of American city planning and suggests that the delegation of planning authority is what has caused many of the challenges that city builders now face.[read more]

What Will South Africa Look Like by 2030? [VIDEO]

July 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South Africa's Future

Given the past twenty years of democracy, many in South Africa are asking: what will come next? How will the country continue to grow and develop in an inclusive way, especially in the face of large-scale urbanization and the slowing of economic growth?[read more]

Re-Imagining Accra’s "Public Spaces"

July 29, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Accra Public Spaces

Talented architects, designers and public space practitioners, green space enthusiasts, and everyday citizens dream of a greener Accra, one in which city parks, specifically, can become the norm. Like any growing, changing and developing city, Accra is evolving.[read more]

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Exploding Urbanization: A Threat or an Opportunity?

July 29, 2014 by Andrew Schmidt

Sustainabile Building is the Key

The rush of humanity to live in cities need not portend a catastrophe. Initiatives such as the Sustainable Social Housing Initiative and Cities Action for Sustainable Housing exist to help cities in developing countries expand more sustainably and not repeat the mistakes of cities in developed countries.[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]

Helsinki Aims to Be Car-Free by 2025

July 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA
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Car-Free Helsinki

There is a very ambitious plan in Helsinki, Finland, to create a revolutionary “mobility on demand” system by 2025. The system would enable all “shared and public transport” to be paid for with a single payment network available via smartphones.[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]