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Communications & Messaging

Inspiring People: Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan

November 21, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Inspiration in Greensboro

For women who are either active or have a strong interest in politics, being able to see women in leadership is reassuring. Now, not all women have policies I agree with or advocate. Yet, it’s great to know that it’s possible for women to be in politics and still be people.[read more]

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The Road to One Planet Living Starts Here

November 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

The One Planet Life

The idea of the ecological footprint is a brilliant communication tool for promoting genuinely sustainable living and development and gives rise to the idea of One Planet Living. Read about its potential and power to transform lives and cities, a challenge some are already taking up. And take advantage of a 20% off offer on a new book on the subject![read more]

The Hypocrisy of Parking Minimums

November 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Parking and Planning

Parking minimums may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that their impacts are far reaching. They change development patterns, they change project economics, and they send a message about the kind of city you hope to build.[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]

Nairobi, Kenya Heading Wrong Way to Solve Traffic Congestion

November 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nairobi Traffic Solutions

 

Urban areas often experience a great deal of vehicular congestion, and congestion issues like traffic jams cost us millions of dollars every day through wasted time, environmental pollution, and increased stress. The city of Nairobi is no exception.[read more]

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WEBCAST: Stéphane Dupas on Making European Cities Low Energy

November 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Stéphane Dupas and the IMAGINE brochure

Stéphane Dupas is the project manager for the project “IMAGINE low energy cities”. In this wide-ranging interview, Stéphane talks about the cities that are involved, eight of them from different European countries. One of the key aims of the project is to engage local people, households and businesses in the mission to gain energy security, to aim at 100% locally-generated renewable electricity and implement energy efficiency measures.[read more]

Five Reasons to be Optimistic About Sustainable Urban Mobility

November 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Mobility and the Future

With rapid urban growth come a number of challenges for city leaders, many of them related to increasing motorization and urban sprawl. Too often, cities are trending in the wrong direction. Urban air pollution, for example, contributes to over one million premature deaths each year.[read more]

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Markets

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from bankruptcy.[read more]

Why Cape Town Must Get Serious About Land

November 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town and Land

In the first week of June, approximately 800 people were evicted from their homes at Lwandle informal settlement in Strand, Cape Town. It was not the first or last eviction to take place in a South African city this year. In fact, evictions happen “almost everyday throughout the country.”[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]

Finding the Lines

November 18, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Housing and History

Once upon a time, the Home Owners Loan Corporation, the New Deal era agency that refinanced struggling mortgages. graded neighborhoods based on race, country of origin and other more practical and less discriminatory methods. This practice, known as “redlining” looks different in every community.[read more]

France Is Dying

November 18, 2014 by Jim Russell

France and Demographics

The Discovery of France is the greatest book about geography written. Statists “discover” a nation that doesn’t exist. Who needs the Sun King when you've got the metric system? You will forgive me the use of the term “place” to mean the territory currently known by its residents, however transient they may be.[read more]