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Life Hubs: A New Concept for Urban Planning and Transport

October 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Grenoble transport hub – presented at the Walk21 conference

If cities are to be engines of economic activity, people need to be able to travel easily, cheaply and healthily. Speakers at Sydney's Walk21 conference, happening now, say that there is an urgent need for city leaders – mayors and senior administrators – to factor in the wider benefits of cycling and walking.[read more]

Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

October 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Seattle Shrinking?

Consider me a proponent of the micro-housing movement in Seattle. I support the anti-materialist aesthetic. Live where you want to live. Be willing to give up square footage to accomplish that goal. Unintentionally, this emergent residential pattern is commensal with the shifting economic geography of tech firms.[read more]

Big Cities have Rebounded the Fastest Since 2008

October 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Big City Rebound

Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis published a study earlier this summer where he looked at employment growth according to city size across the US. What he found since the Great Recession of 2008-2010 is that larger metros have rebounded the fastest.[read more]

'Citizens United' is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There's Hope

October 22, 2014 by This Big City

Citizens United and Local Governance

Recently, a study was released that examined the effect of the Citizens United supreme court ruling on state and local governments. This decision, handed down in January 2010, has become infamous in US national politics for opening elections to huge donations from wealthy donors.[read more]

Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Compact Communities and Health

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.[read more]

Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

Hot Pink Paper Campaign Aims to Make Cities Work for Women and Girls

October 21, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Women and Cities

When considering who represents the marginalized in cities, we are arguably more likely to think of senior citizens, people with disabilities - even cyclists - before women and girls. An organization called Women Transforming Cities is raising awareness of issues for women and girls living in cities.[read more]

New Approach Paves Way to Manage Violence in Cities in the Global South

October 21, 2014 by Environment and Urbanization

Violence in the Global South

The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization, themed around "Conflict and violence in 21st century cities", argues for a more realistic approach to urban violence in the global South. The issue addresses topics including gangs, gender-based violence, and sensationalized reporting.[read more]

Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

October 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Comparing Urban Cost of Living

The Washington Post has some fun with a Bureau of Labor Statistics report about housing expenditures in the US. The initial headline, “It’s More Expensive to Live in D.C. Than New York, Study Says.” Then comes the social media controversy: “D.C. Is More Expensive Than New York? Twitter Reacts.”[read more]

How to Restore Walking and Cut Traffic Accidents

October 20, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

The Restoration of Walking

 

The gravest danger to walkers as well as bicyclists and motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, “dangerous driver choices” contributes to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases.[read more]

From Utility to Fear and Greed

October 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Market Efficiency Risk

Roger Martin recently published a post on the Harvard Business Review blog called: The Dark Side of Efficient Markets. In it, he makes an interesting distinction between what he calls use-driven markets and expectations-driven markets, the latter of which is assumed to be the more efficient one.[read more]

Five Colleges Leading the Way in Online Sustainable Agriculture Education

October 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Online Agriculture Education

As the demand for local, sustainable food grows, so does the need for farmers who are well-versed in the ways of sustainable agriculture. Fortunately, many educational institutions are ready to train the next generation of sustainable farmers through sustainable agriculture curricula.[read more]