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ICLEI Says Smart Cities Need Citizen Buy-In

April 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Do people want their cities wired?

“A smart city is a city which can provide - with fewer resources- more efficiency, more services for its citizens and a higher quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.” A fine ideal, but is this just for big business, or can citizens have a say? This was a hot topic at ICLEI's Global Town Hall 2014 last week.[read more]

When Hills Hide Arches

April 15, 2014 by Geoff Manaugh

Hidden Arches

Landforms masquerading as architecture and vice versa seem to dominate a few sets of older images hosted at the Library of Congress. Photos taken between 1865 and 1872, these are—photographically speaking—almost impossibly ancient.[read more]

Green Buildings Bring Vertical Forests to the City

April 15, 2014 by Derek Wong

Verticle Forests

Visually stunning and environmentally progressive condo buildings and office towers are appearing in Europe and Asia in recent years, including the Bosco Verticale in Milan, Hearst Tower in New York, and Urban Cactus in Rotterdam. Corporations and condo developers take note.[read more]

Painting the Town Yellow, Green, and Blue: Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

April 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Rio Street Art

Brazilian graffiti captures a city’s culture and history, its feelings on political or social conditions, as well as a little frivolity and playfulness. A distinction needs to be made therefore between grafite, a street art style focused on aesthetics, and pichação, or tagging.[read more]

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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

Marin is Growing, and Not Slowly

April 14, 2014 by David Edmondson

Marin County’s population grew by 1 percent from 2012 to 2013, slightly faster than the state and much faster than the country at large. The new numbers challenge the concept of Marin as a naturally slow-growth county. In total, Marin added about 2,500 people in 2013.[read more]

Tempe Community Market is Becoming a New Community Hub while Providing Fresh, Local Food

April 14, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Tempe Community Market

The Tempe Community Market is a brand new farmer’s market in the Valley that opened on March 2. It is the brain child of the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), a local social services agency that provides emergency short term assistance with things like food, rent and utilities.[read more]

A Safe City is a Just City

A Safe City

As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America now sees three times as many deaths from traffic crashes as Europe, the vast majority of which occur in cities. Vulnerable road users like the elderly and cyclists are particularly at risk.[read more]

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"There is no Plan B": Business Leaders Label New IPCC Report "A Wake-Up Call"

April 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Greenpeace's response to IPCC report

Urgent action by governments around the world is required to prevent the average global temperature from reaching a disastrous 4.8°C (8.6°F) by the end of the century, according to a new report endorsed by governments, from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a one week meeting in Berlin.[read more]

Core Counties > Outlying Counties

April 14, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Recent US Census Bureau data has once again confirmed that there’s a growing preference for living in urban cores. More specifically, it finds that population growth has been shifting to the US' core counties' 381 metro areas, especially since the economic recovery began gaining steam in 2010.[read more]

Chicago Startup Offers Healthy, Organic Foods in Vending Machines

Healthy Vending Choices

As a traveling salesman, Luke Saunders knew first hand just how hard it can be to find fresh food on the go. “I was the person who would pick up prepared food for the road because I knew that when I got there, there wouldn’t be good options,” he says.[read more]

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The Benefits of Placemaking Go Beyond Urban Beautification

April 13, 2014 by Michael Edwards
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Cardiff Bay, Wales - a great example of placemaking.

Every city has something unique to offer. Whether it’s exceptional food, historic sites, or exciting nightlife, there’s something distinctive that draws in tourists, attracts businesses, and makes current residents want to stay. But all that potential can go to waste if it isn’t recognized and supported.[read more]