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'Citizens United' is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There's Hope

October 22, 2014 by This Big City

Citizens United and Local Governance

Recently, a study was released that examined the effect of the Citizens United supreme court ruling on state and local governments. This decision, handed down in January 2010, has become infamous in US national politics for opening elections to huge donations from wealthy donors.[read more]

Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

Millions in the UK Do Not Receive a Living Wage and Income Inequality is Rising

October 20, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Living Wages

Wages that are high enough that they can be lived on doesn't sound like too much to ask for does it? However, millions in the United Kingdom don't receive pay that covers something as basic as the cost of living - whilst the very rich are getting even richer.[read more]

DC Urban Agriculture Bill Could Encourage Farming With Tax Breaks

October 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

DC Legislation and Urban Agriculture

The urban farming movement finally appears to be coming of age in the nation’s capital. No longer just a novel idea, it’s now on the cusp of receiving institutional support from DC’s city leaders–that is if its backers can get votes to line up in their favor.[read more]

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7 Ways to Build a World Citizen Movement to Help Cities Fight Climate Change

October 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The clock's ticking to save the planet, but together we can put the clock back.

A detailed new proposal has been published describing the multiple options available to cities and their citizens if they wish to decarbonise and move away from reliance on fossil fuels. The document, called Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement, was presented to Ban Ki-Moon last month.[read more]

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Cities and Subnational Governments Meet in Korea to ask: Can Cities Help Stop Species Loss?

October 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Catalonia, Quebec and Sao Paulo at the Biodiversity Summit for Cities Subnational Governments

The Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments is this week highlighting the invaluable contribution of cities and subnational governments towards greener national economies and improved quality of life across nations.[read more]

Construction Company to Pay $2 Million for Labor Irregularities in Manaus, Brazil

October 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Labor and Construction

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia. Recently, the company has been ordered to pay an indemnity for collective moral damages in the amount of 5 million reais (about $2 million dollars).[read more]

The Political Geography of Economic Development

October 7, 2014 by Jim Russell

Political Geography

Politicians love a good show. When it comes to economic development, a ribbon cutting for a new business beats greater investment in education any day of the week. The ribbon cutting provides a photo opportunity for tomorrow’s newspaper. The human capital payoff will come years, if not decades, later.[read more]

The Openheid State: From Closed to Open Society in Cape Town

October 4, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town and History

It is hard to conceive of a country where contemporary city planning has had a more negative impact than South Africa. The ‘makeable’ world and social engineering were so ‘successful’ thanks to the apartheid regime that the potential of city planning to shape society has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.[read more]

If Mayors Ruled the World

October 4, 2014 by This Big City

Mayors and Policy

I have to wonder what a world ruled by mayors would look like. My best guess is that it would most likely be a complex combination of uncertainty, difficult choices, and a fair amount of chaos: which is pretty much what we have in the world right now.[read more]

Power to the Cities - but What About the Rest?

October 2, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Concentration of Urban Power

 

One week ago, Scotland nearly voted to go its own way, led by a win in Glasgow, the ‘Yes City’. Just as Scotland has found itself governed by political parties it did not vote for (Conservatives, in particular, hold just a single seat there), the UK’s fourth largest city now finds itself inside a union it voted to leave.[read more]

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British Regional Cities Tell London: "We Want To Be Free"

September 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

Core Cities cabinet members

Following the "no" vote in the referendum on Scottish devolution, eight English cities plus Glasgow in Scotland and Wales' capital, Cardiff, are demanding that much more power be devolved from London to unlock their economic potential.[read more]