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What Is the True Value of a Vacant or Abandoned Building?

July 24, 2014 by Audrey Henderson
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The Value of Vacant Spaces

Any real estate agent or Realtor can tell you that the three most important factors in determining the potential value of a particular parcel of real estate are, in order: location, location, location. Location can trump other aspects of a structure, including whether it is occupied and its state of (dis)repair.[read more]

The AirBnB Phenomenon: What's the Impact on Cities?

July 24, 2014 by This Big City

AirBnB and Urban Change

While some say AirBnB is helping build a “sharing economy” where money is redistributed to low-income individuals and small businesses, others claim it’s fueling a lucrative underground economy, promoting the evasion of taxes and contributing to an acute shortage of affordable housing.[read more]

Can a Global City be Good to Locals?

July 23, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Global Cities, Local Problems

“Making progress possible, together” stands boldly at the top of Cape Town’s website. The ‘together’ part of the slogan is the catch. As we celebrate our progress of becoming a globally competitive city, I believe we need to take stock of whether the benefits of our progress are experienced together.[read more]

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Neal Gorenflo on the Sharing Cities Network [WEBCAST]

July 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Neal and his book Share or Die

In this video webcast David Thorpe talks to Neal Gorenflo, co-founder of shareable.net, a nonprofit with a mission to empower everyone to share for a more joyous, resilient, and equitable world. Its Sharing Cities Network connects local sharing grassroots activists around the world.[read more]

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Açık Veritabanı Kullanımı ve İstanbul Toplu Taşıma Sistemlerine Getireceği Yenilikler

July 21, 2014 by Renée van Staveren

Istanbul, Turkey and Transit

İstanbul (Türkiye), her gün trafiğe eklenen 600 yeni vasıtayla araç kullanımının gitgide çoğaldığı bir şehir. İstanbul’un nüfusu arttıkça ve bireysel araç sahipliği kolaylaştıkça daha fazla sayıda insan bu ulaşım biçimini tercih eder oldu.[read more]

The Branding of Places

July 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Branding Place

Most people would agree that branding is a powerful and important exercise in the world of business. We recognize that brand equity is something that pays dividends in the future. But one area that still feels like it’s in its infancy is place branding.[read more]

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How Cities Can Generate Their Own Clean Energy and Create Jobs and Income

July 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Town halls can plug into the clean energy revolution and reap the benefits.

Cities could become the powerhouses of the future, helping to generate much of their own energy, a crucial factor in achieving proper sustainability. New report compares different types of business structure and opportunities for sources of investment and job creation.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

Milan's City of Business: Urban Planning in Economic Form

July 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Milan Urban Business Planning

It is both impressive and beautiful to understand the evolution of Milan, simply by looking at its skyline. Like any other Italian city, even if it may not be as pronounced as it is in Rome or Venice, Milan has a central core pattern of architecture.[read more]

Property vs. Place

July 14, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans
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Property and Place

Real estate booms and busts, exorbitant property values, displacement, gentrification and slumification are all predicated on the concept of private property. The European concept of land as property has become the rule in the world as we know it today and everything revolves around it.[read more]

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Upgrade Slums in 230 Cities for just $14.5 million? Impossible! - But They Did It.

July 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Planning their future in Comilla, Bangladesh

Millions of people live in slums in Asian cities. The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) has been running a program to try to upgrade living conditions for these people that has proved itself to be massively effective and at little cost. How has it done this?[read more]

Public Transport and the Informal Sector: Competing Visions of Bogotá's Future

Transport and Informal Economies

 

There is an entire ecosystem of informal commerce along Bogotá’s streets. Some vendors sit at traffic signals or bus stops, waiting for a bus that’s not too full. When they spot a good candidate, they expertly hop on, sometimes slipping through closing doors or onto an already moving vehicle.[read more]