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Uber-like Buses That Go Where and When You Want To

November 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation Options

Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off exactly where you chose.[read more]

Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

November 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Education and the Future

For human geography graduate students at the University of Colorado, statistics was, of course, coursework that was required to be completed. I preferred theory and would rather debate philosophy than mind quantitative analysis. I put off stats as long as I could.[read more]

A Roadmap for Sustainable Cities in the MENA Region

November 19, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Public spaces must be preserved

Despite the difference and different context, citizens of Accra, Amman and Beirut are experiencing similar challenges in the accessibility of public spaces. Private sector interests have a shaping force in the city and prioritize commercial developments and exclusivity over social amentities, services and public spaces.[read more]

How Suburban Sprawl, Inadequate Transit Worsen Unemployment

November 17, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Sprawl and Hardship

Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find replacement employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car. So says new, meticulously thorough research published by the U.S. Census.[read more]

Parks: In a Golden Age, Without Two Nickels?

November 12, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Urban Parks and Innovation

It has been a good couple of weeks for news about city parks. Many of them have been featured in the press with a focus on the value they bring to cities. But in spite of all this good news about parks and the value they generate, most cities are still struggling to find enough revenue to operate and maintain them.[read more]

100 Smart Cities in India: Governing for Human Impact

November 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Cities in India

This summer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to build ‘100 smart cities’ across India in an effort to take advantage of the country’s recent urban boom and catalyze investment in Indian cities. His initiative will cost the government 1.15 billion USD for the first year.[read more]

Leveraging LRT

November 8, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto's Crosstown LRT

One of the biggest pieces of infrastructure currently under construction in Toronto is the Crosstown LRT line, which will run on and under Eglinton Avenue right through the heart of midtown. The total length of the line is 19 km, and 10 km of it will be underground along with 12 of its stations.[read more]

Technology Isn't Going to Save Us: 5 Insights from the 2014 Bioneers Conference

November 4, 2014 by Taz Loomans

Technology and Use

Recently I attended the 25th anniversary Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. What is Bioneers, you ask? Bioneers is a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.[read more]

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Will Leaders Think Losing 0.06% of Growth Is Worth It To Beat Climate Change?

November 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

The world without additional mitigation

It is possible to curb climate change without damaging the global economy, but the overriding task is to stop burning fossil fuels by the end of the century, according to the most comprehensive report on global warming yet published by scientists for the IPCC.[read more]

The Greenest Companies Consistently Outperform Markets

November 3, 2014 by Derek Wong

Green Company Performance

Apple, BMW, LG, HP, Coca-Cola, and Walmart are among the 187 companies cited by non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project for doing the most to combat climate change. These green warriors also outperform the Bloomberg World Index.[read more]

The Threat to Big Box Retailing

November 3, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Big Box Stores and Market Change

Earlier in the week, I was having a conversation with a number of very smart real estate people about the future of retail, especially big box retail, in today’s internet and smartphone world. This, of course, isn’t a new topic. The industry has been discussing it for years.[read more]

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Named and Shamed: the Banks Most Responsible for Increasing Global Warming

October 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 'Banks Quit Coal' campaign needs you!

Can a city claim that it is working for sustainability if the bank it uses invests in the coal industry? A new report identifies the banks which contribute most to this climate-destroying activity, enabling public financiers to switch their business to clean banks.[read more]