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The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

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Climate Change Bailouts: Too Big to Fail?

August 16, 2014 by Peter Smith
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Climate Change and Federal Money

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Congress moved quickly to appropriate emergency relief funds. But what happens when sea-level rise and extreme weather events begin to affect every community in the United States at more or less the exact same time?[read more]

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China Gives Citizens 8-Point Guidelines to Protect the Environment

August 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Smog in a Chinese city

Beijing is attempting to harness the efforts of its entire population to tackle its huge environmental problems. The government has published a 'behavioural standards' guide, urging people to walk and ride bicycles and buy goods with less packaging.[read more]

Six Powerhouse Food Policy Councils Driving Local Food in Cities

Local Food Policy Influence

There are now food policy councils in every state across the U.S., tasked with bringing diverse stakeholders together towards the creation of policies and laws that help develop the economic, environmental, and social infrastructure that makes up a local food system.[read more]

Clarifying Urban Property Rights, Without Effort

August 7, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Property Rights

In today’s shareable city, there are some things—like driveway access—that are difficult for many people to surrender to chance. In this case, the means of communication, both inadvertent and direct, caught my eye for inclusion in this “common sense” series.[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]

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Emphasize Sustainable Cities in Latest Draft

UN Urban Development Planning

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a critical piece of the international development agenda, particularly for international development institutions, which will often base their portfolio on the United Nation’s agreements.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

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India's 2014 Budget Promises Cash for 100 Smart Cities, Metros & Much More

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a target of Rs.70,600 million to help create 100 smart cities, and a comprehensive set of measures intended to pave the way for new metro systems, cycling and bus schemes, roads, solar power and cleaning up the polluted river Ganges.[read more]

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English Cities Demand More Power and Tax-Raising Abilities

July 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

Manchester sees a new dawn

English cities such as Manchester and Birmingham should have the right to raise more taxes, says an influential cross-party committee of MPs, who are calling for a transfer of power from central government to local authorities and local communities.[read more]

Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

July 8, 2014 by Jim Russell

Density and Housing Markets

Gentrification is an urban policy problem in need of a theory. Instead of theory, we have the geographic illusion of local: The current landscape is the result of community decisions. Gentrifiers, outsiders who move into a neighborhood, cause real estate prices to appreciate and displace more tenured residents.[read more]

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GreenITNet: Sharing Green IT Excellence for European Cities

July 7, 2014 by Maikel Bouricius
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Green IT network shares best practice for smarter cities

The Interreg IVC project GreenITNet is a collaboration between 10 European partners from 9 different countries to helps create smarter, more sustainable cities. It focuses on the activation of European cities with a high sustainable energy ambition, a strong ICT technology potential and previous experience in Green IT.[read more]