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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]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Excluded Children in Rio

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church, located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The steps were a regular gathering spot for street children, and dozens took refuge there as a place to rest.[read more]

New York City Shifts Away from the Car

April 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Car Culture

Design responses to New York City’s highly tangled and deeply complex infrastructure, both instant and painstaking, were the subject of a conversation between “design patron” Janette Sadik-Kahn and landscape designer Margie Ruddick, ASLA.[read more]

Red Light Cameras are Good Policy Gone Wrong

April 22, 2014 by David Edmondson

Red light cameras have been deployed around the country to great effect, reducing crashes dramatically in New York City and Washington, DC. Given these successes in the East, it was natural for San Rafael to go ahead and give them a try.[read more]

Who's Paying for Transit Expansion in Toronto?

April 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Transit Funding

Recently blogTO did a piece outlining the sources of funding for Toronto’s six active transit projects: the Spadina subway extension, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the Georgetown South GO line improvements, the Union Pearson Express, the Sheppard East LRT and the Finch West LRT.[read more]

Peak Urbanization

April 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

In my last post, I wrote that the future looked brighter in Barcelona than in Buffalo. Today, I’m here to sing Buffalo’s praises and revisit the prospects for the end of geography. And by “the end of geography” I mean the end of urban hierarchy. We’ve reached peak city[read more]

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Billboards and Art in Toronto

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of BeautifulCity.ca, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto.[read more]

Are Historically-Black Towns History?

April 17, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Historically-Black Towns

Recently, I came across two sets of articles about Historically Black towns in Oklahoma and in Missouri. Part as a means of segregation and part as a means of dignity, self-respect and control of the civic space, African-Americans established or had help establishing their own towns after slavery.[read more]

The Business of Cities

April 17, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Over the past few months on this blog, I’ve started to introduce business terms into the way I describe and talk about cities. I’ve referred to residents and visitors as customers of a city, experiences within a city as products and services, and cities themselves as businesses.[read more]

Cutting the Super Block Down to Size

April 16, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Super Blocks

To accommodate the millions coming in from the countryside each year, China’s cities are tearing down their old human-scale, socially-rich neighborhoods, with their meandering, bicycle-friendly streets, and putting in highways and incredibly isolating towers set amid vacant-feeling “super blocks.”[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]