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UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

January 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The agreement affects about half the world's local governments.

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with three other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together on development issues in order to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote democracy and sustainable development.[read more]

Call to Action: Help us Identify the World’s Most Endangered Markets

January 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Public Market Preservation

Public markets in many cities are under threat. The '10 Most Endangered Markets in the World' will be the first list ever to call international attention to markets at risk. The list will be released in late March at the upcoming 9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona.[read more]

Are Small Retail Condos a Sustainable Use of Buildings?

January 27, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Retail and Real Estate

Retail is one of the hardest — if not the hardest — real estate category to get right. If you don’t have the right setup, the right location, and the right tenant mix, you can fail pretty easily. It’s a bit of an art. And that obviously applies to both landlords and tenants.[read more]

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Micro-Apartments in San Francisco

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco. The 160 square foot apartment holds enough space for one person. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which transforms into a table for two.[read more]

3 Challenges for Informal Traders

January 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Informal Economics

Informal trade is a characteristic element of many African cities, yet it still resists easy explanation and classification. Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising have produced a study that explores the various conditions of street vendors in Accra, Ahmedabad, Durban, Lima and Nakuru.[read more]

What Naysayers Don't Get About California's High Speed Train

January 22, 2015 by This Big City

Though the construction of the California High Speed Rail System has fended off a number of court challenges, much of the funding for the line’s projected $68 billion budget has yet to be locked down. And there are still a number of technical hurdles looming on the horizon.[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]

The Pull from Services to Products

January 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Types of Work in a Changing Economy

Recently I woke up to a fascinating post by designer Tobias van Schneider called: 'The agency is dead. Long live the agency.' What he’s talking about is the phenomenon of design agencies being gobbled up or “acqui-hired" by product firms such as Facebook and Google.[read more]

Indiana Local Food Startup Breaks Into Major Chain Stores With Frozen Food

January 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Production and Chain Stores

Nick Carter, Adam Moody, and Chris Baggott came together a couple of years ago to invest in a processing facility in Greenfield, Indiana. Husk grows market share in the local frozen food market through a combination of entrepreneurial know-how and the power of social media.[read more]

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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

Two Thoughts on Reviving Post-Industrial Cities

January 20, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Post-Industry Urbanism

If you think about the resurgence of cities such as Detroit, you’d be hard pressed not to think of people like Dan Gilbert. He has become the poster boy for Detroit’s resurgence by moving his companies to downtown and buying up most of the office buildings.[read more]

Urban Demographics: Shrinking City Chicago

January 15, 2015 by Jim Russell
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Chicago and Population Changes

Chicago is dying. By “dying” I mean the city proper is losing population. Bill Sander and Bill Testa of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago point out that: “During the 1980–2010 period, Chicago lost a total of over 300,000 residents.” But in the suburbs, the population boomed by two million.[read more]