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An Escalator to Opportunity

April 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Escalator to Opportunity

Colombia’s decades of civil war displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Fleeing the countryside, they arrived in cities like Medellin. Until drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed in 1993, Communa Trece, a community on a steep slope near Medellin, faced incredible violence.[read more]

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Politicians & Public Transport in India: The Need to Look Beyond Inaugurations & Celebrations

April 25, 2014 by Pratik Dave

India Politics and Transportation

India, celebrating 67 years of Independence and holding its 16th National Elections, is the largest democracy in the world. Lots of promises are made by all political parties and their representatives, who introduce themselves as the ‘common man’ or a ‘public servant,’ but are still politicians.[read more]

Ironic Demographics: The Higher Education Bubble

April 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

In case you haven’t heard, higher education is dying. Tuition is too damn high. Demographic decline is shrinking the pool of applicants. For example, in Poland, after growing rapidly for two decades, higher education enrollments peaked in 2009, and have declined since.[read more]

Creating Active Cities and Healthy Citizens through Innovative Urban Design

Active Cities and Healthy Citizens

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, killing as many as 17 million people each year. Sedentary, inactive lifestyles are a major contributor to this rise in cardiovascular disease. Lack of physical activity mark the lives of an increasingly large number of people around the world.[read more]

Are the Suburbs Really Cheaper?

April 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Suburbs and Cost of Living

Smart Growth America released a report this month called Measuring Sprawl 2014. The report looks at 221 metro areas in the US and develops a “sprawl index ranking.” The higher the number, the more compact the metro area. Not surprisingly, New York tops the list.[read more]

Active Placemaking and a Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA

April 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fluff Festival

Placemaking also involves the planning, design, and programming of public spaces, and facilitates patterns of activities that define a place and gives it its unique identity. Placemaking is done on many scales, from everyday interactions of neighbors, to events like the Fluff Festival.[read more]

Challenges in Managing the Motorized Two-Wheeler Wector in India

Two-Wheelers in India

With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. Two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, and ease of parking in congested conditions.[read more]

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How Urban Landscape Technology Is Changing The Oil Industry For The Better

April 24, 2014 by Corey Foster

Tech and the Oil Industry

The Scandinavian countries have taken the lead with respect to making the world oil-free. In 2005, the Swedish government announced a plan to completely end their country's dependence on oil by 2020. Similarly, Denmark has spelled out its plans to make the country oil-free by 2050.[read more]

Ten Years After the Athens Olympics: A Review

April 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Athens Olympics Infrastructure

Long story short, Athens 2004 Olympic venues are for sale. In March 2014, Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (ADF) acquired several new properties; among those the Olympic Equestrian Centre, the Olympic Rowing Centre and the Galatsi Indoor Hall.[read more]

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The Six Types of Challenges That Face European Cities

April 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Mayors Challenge finalists

Six themes emerge from the ideas that have been chosen as finalists in the Mayors Challenge competition run by Bloomberg Philanthropies that give an insight into the preoccupations of European public administrations.[read more]

Natural Resources Drive Employment Growth in Canadian Cities

April 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Resources and Urban Jobs in Canada

I was reading Wendy Waters’ All About Cities blog this morning and I came across two interesting charts showing employment growth across Canadian cities. The first chart shows total employment growth over the last year and the second chart shows employment growth over the past 10 years.[read more]

Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 by Gerdo Aquino

Public Spaces, Public Art

A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.[read more]