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Baltimore's Low Income Levels Are A Function of Social Mobility

May 20, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

Baltimore from the air

Baltimore, besides being in the news recently for unfortunate events, is also a city which has the worst wage levels compared to the US average. Is this related to social mobility? Aaron M. Renn investigates.[read more]

How Detroit's Degrowth Plan Pits Sustainability Against Austerity, Blazing a Path for Other Cities In Crisis to Follow

May 19, 2015 by Charles Arthur
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Detroit's Degrowth Plan is very detailed.

Detroit is pioneering a path for other cities to follow, as a way out of austerity. After declaring bankruptcy, it's been able to attract investment because its degrowth coalition has clearly articulated a detailed, innovative plan for the city’s future based on improving the quality of life for all citizens and sustainable land use.[read more]

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Webinar Roundup: How to Get Started in Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture – the Next Big Thing For Cities

May 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

The future of salad growing

Last week Sustainable Cities Collective hosted a successful webinar on urban agriculture, in particular indoor and vertical farming. It gave plenty of advice to anyone thinking of entering the industry or just curious about it. If you missed it, read this write-up, see a record of the Twitter conversation on Storify or listen to a recording here.[read more]

4 Strategies for Retail+Property Development Bringing Sustainable Transit-Oriented Districts to Chinese Cities

Shenzen, China, has been trialing strategies for financing transit infrastructure

China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. Here are four strategies for Retail + Property development being used to bring sustainable transit-oriented development (TOD) in Chinese cities.[read more]

How the Mega-Rich are Distorting the Markets for Apartments and Art

May 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Wealth and Urban Living

When people talk about a possible housing bubble in Canada they often cite house prices to median household income as a key ratio. The question then becomes: How can house prices be such a high multiple relative to local incomes? That’s relevant, but it’s not the entire story.[read more]

First Crowdfunded Real Estate Project Opens in D.C.

April 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Crowdfunding and Real Estate

Want further evidence that technology and the internet are going to dramatically transform many “non-tech” industries such as real estate? Take a look at 1351 H Street NE in Washington D.C. It houses a hybrid retail store and restaurant and is probably the first truly crowdfunded real estate project.[read more]

Condo or Rental Apartment: Does it Even Matter?

April 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

To Rent or to Condo

Toronto is the condo capital of North America. For a number of years now, there have been more condos under construction in this city compared to any other in North America, including New York. But recently the real estate community has become incredibly interested in building multi-family apartments.[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

Why Do More People in Quebec Sell Their Home Without an Agent?

April 10, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Quebec and Real Estate Patterns

If you ask most people, they’ll tell you that real estate agents will never ever disappear. Despite the internet, mobile phones, and social networks, the bulk of the market still employs an agent. But there are lots of entrepreneurs and people in the real estate community experimenting with different models.[read more]

Lessons From Cairo: How Small Scale Urban Initiatives can Improve a City

April 6, 2015 by This Big City

Cairo Urban Initiatives

Cairo, like many cities, is deeply wounded by fragmentation and heterogeneity. It is a complex city with a broken public realm. And while policymakers use lack of money as an excuse for not making substantial improvements, money has no relation with innovation and creativity.[read more]

Barn2Door Looks to Connect Farmers and Buyers Across the USA with a Mobile App

Networking Farmers

The Seattle direct-to-consumer marketplace Farmstr, which launched in 2013, is no more. But founder Janelle Maiocco has launched Barn2Door. Maiocco, who was followed to Barn2Door by several Farmstr colleagues, will apply lessons learned from her time at the helm of Farmstr to her new business venture.[read more]

Is This the End of the Suburbs? Leigh Gallagher Thinks So

April 2, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urbanization and the Future of the Suburbs

 

In 'The End of the Suburbs,' a story is told of the big changes underway in the way Americans are choosing to live in the 21st century. For sixty years, urban areas have become decentralized, and downtowns turned into ugly, parking lot deserts where only marginalized people lived. But all that is changing.[read more]