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Bloomberg Donates $125 Million to Cut Traffic Deaths in Cities

October 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Poorer cities to be the focus.

Cities are creating a culture where government innovation is an expectation, and where creativity is encouraged, according to Mike Bloomberg, who also announced that his organisation is to spend $125 million on programmes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low-and middle-income countries.[read more]

Seven Myths About New Urbanism

September 29, 2014 by This Big City

New Urbanism Myths

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a perfectly valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong.[read more]

Discover Paris' Little Belt

September 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Hidden Little Belt

Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.[read more]

Should You Own or Rent Your Home?

September 18, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

The Choice to Rent or Buy

I was at a good friend’s wedding and a topic that came was whether it is better to own or rent your home. North America, conventional wisdom would suggest — almost mandate — that you have to own your place. If you’re still a renter, well then you’re “throwing away your money” my friend. But are you really?[read more]

World's Best Places to Live: The Global Liveability Index

September 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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The Best Places to Live

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability index has been out for a couple of weeks now and Lagos remains at the bottom of the list. The ranking assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: 'Most Migrants Only Proceed a Short Distance, and Toward Centers of Absorption'

September 11, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration Movements

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Long-distance migration is remarkable, the exception to the rule, an actual “law” of migration. Why are large, dense cities typically centers of innovation and creativity? Most migrants only proceed a short distance, and toward centers of absorption.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]

The Landscape of Electric Charging Stations

August 9, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Electric Charging Stations

The car had a profound impact on the landscape of our cities (and that’s probably the understatement of the year). Not only did it force the decentralization of our cities (i.e. sprawl), but it dotted the landscape with gas stations and other things that cars required.[read more]

5 Ways in Which You've Got it Wrong When it Comes to Cities

August 4, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Over the past couple of weeks I have been collecting fallacies and myths about cities, waiting until I reached a nice round number like five. Well, I reached that number. So here are five big misconceptions that I think people often hold about cities.[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]

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]