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Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 by Gerdo Aquino

Public Spaces, Public Art

A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.[read more]

How Smog is Destroying Denver's Rocky Mountain Views

April 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver and Air Pollution

Colorado is known across the world for its incredible opportunities to hike, climb, bike, fish, ski, snowboard, you name it. Denver lies just an hour east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but it is also known for its sometimes poor air quality. Smog is one of the great dichotomies of living in the Denver region.[read more]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]

Cities Can Undo Inequality If They Start Planning

April 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Undoing Urban Inequality

If a city has no structure, there will be inequality. Far too often cities in the developing world appear to have been built with a complete and total disregard for organizational structure. These cities have set themselves up for massive social unrest.[read more]

Who's Paying for Transit Expansion in Toronto?

April 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Transit Funding

Recently blogTO did a piece outlining the sources of funding for Toronto’s six active transit projects: the Spadina subway extension, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the Georgetown South GO line improvements, the Union Pearson Express, the Sheppard East LRT and the Finch West LRT.[read more]

Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]

Placebook: Is North Carolina Ready for A Vehicle Mileage Tax?

April 11, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

North Carolina VMT

Yesterday I linked to an article that mentioned that the NC DOT has decided to study the implementation of a Vehicle Mileage Tax. I thought it was an April Fools joke. For those of you out of the loop, this is a tax collected by a meter either placed on your car or along roadways to register how many miles you drive.[read more]

Bright Flight From Silicon Valley

April 9, 2014 by Jim Russell

The Innovation Economy is currently moving to where the cost of living is much more reasonable. The anecdotes and data points are piling up, putting the squeeze on talent-starved Silicon Valley companies. In this post is the tale of the domestic migration tape.[read more]

Bulgarian Syngas Project Launches Construction

April 8, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Bulgarian Construction

Bulgarian plans to use alternative fuels for generating sustainable electricity are now taking shape, following the start of construction of the Karlovo integrated gasified biomass power plant. When completed the plant will distribute cleaner electricity, using wood waste and straw, to some 2,000 homes.[read more]

Plan Sampler for Small Houses Under 1000 Square Feet

April 7, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Small House Plans

A lengthening list of people are interested in building small houses, not big ones. With today’s world population at 7.221,475,940 people there are abundant reasons for building smaller. Economics enter into the planning, as well, as does the notion of simplifying lifestyles.[read more]

Who Are the Real Investors in Our Cities?

April 7, 2014 by Julian Dobson
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City Investors

What is an investor? The usual answer to that question is someone with money. We need investors, the received wisdom goes, because they’ll develop property, build businesses and create jobs. The logic then proceeds on the assumption that to attract investors we have to do what investors want.[read more]

Green Prefab Homes, Part II: BioSIPs

April 2, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Green Homes

This is the second part of our series on green prefabricated homes, and this time we are writing about structurally integrated panels, SIPs and BioSIPs. Of most interest to use from a green and sustainability perspective are BioSIPs., as you will soon discover.[read more]