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Urban Agriculture – A Next Big Thing for Cities

September 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dickson Despommier at the conference.

Dickson Despommier sees the growth of urban and vertical farming as exponential. This is an account of his presentation at the Vertical Farming and Urban Growing conference in Nottingham, today.[read more]

Bicycling's Racist, Sexist, and Classist Beginnings, and How They Impact Bicycling Today

September 8, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking's Troubling History

In today’s world, we like to hail the bicycle as the instrument of freedom for the underprivileged, the poor and the oppressed. But bicycling began in the 1880s and 90s in a context of racism, sexism and classism and for the most part was reflective of that context.[read more]

Poverty and Geography: The Myth of Racial Segregation

September 8, 2014 by Jim Russell

Race, Demographics, and Geography

From innovation springs prosperity. This is the economic geography of today. Places with a high concentration of college degrees also boast the highest per capita incomes. But many metros aren’t so fortunate. Ironically, Americans are moving the wrong way.[read more]

High Growth: 11 Urban Rooftop Farms Across America

September 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Roof Farming

As urban populations grow and the demand for local food rises, agricultural innovators see opportunity atop the roofs of city buildings. Much of this space is devoted to outdoor gardens, but rooftop greenhouses are also sprouting up in cities with cold climates.[read more]

From Manolo Blahniks to Birkenstocks: Are Walkable Cities Impacting Fashion Trends?

September 6, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Urban Walkability and Fashion

Last year, when some of the fashion blogs I followed were talking about Birkenstocks coming back in style, I laughed it off as a ridiculous fad. Then I became a new mom in the summertime, who needed to get around her walkable neighborhood in a comfortable shoe that could be slipped on and off easily.[read more]

The Daunting Challenge of Unwalkable America

September 5, 2014 by Kaid Benfield
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Urban Walkability

This won’t be breaking news to most readers, but Americans don’t walk very much. Periodically, National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” study on, among many other things, transit use and walking. In 2012 we Americans came in dead last on both indices, and it wasn’t close.[read more]

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One Year On From Car-Free Month in Suwon, What Has Changed?

September 2, 2014 by David Thorpe

Old tyres make a sculpture for a cyclist in a car-free area to gaze at.

It's exactly one year since the city of Suwon in South Korea practised an amazing experiment. In the Haenggung-dong neighborhood, 1500 cars were removed from the streets as their 4,343 owners volunteered not to use them for one whole month. What has changed since then?[read more]

Make No Little Plans

August 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Water in Chicago

I’m a big fan of Chicago. Having now visited, I can say that everyone was right when they told me that I was going to love it. But I don’t want to talk about any of these things today. I want to talk about something much more specific that stood out to me last weekend: Chicago’s relationship to both the water and the street.[read more]

Disappointed with Gardening Ideas You Find Online? OpenFarm Wants to Change That

August 30, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Online Gardening Ideas

I love to share gardening ideas I find, or have even tried, but I know that there will always be specifics of a planting situation for which I can’t account. Soil quality, rainfall, sunlight, and pests are just a few of the elements that will play into the success of any gardening project, and they can vary widely.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]

Bees as Bellwether: Studying Colony Loss In the United States

Bee Loss and Environmental Risk

If you keep bees, have an interest in bees or have ever heard the often muttered phrase ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ or CCD, you may have heard of Jonathan vanEngelsdorp, research scientist for the University of Maryland and former State Apiarist for Pennsylvania.[read more]

Friday Fun: Cycling Innovations Make Bikeable Cities Worldwide

August 29, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Biking Innovation

Instead of sitting in gridlock on a busy road at 8:30 am, imagine cycling safely in dedicated lanes for a quick, pleasant commute. Many cities around the world are making investments that will give residents a faster, safer cycling experience through innovative infrastructure and urban design.[read more]