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Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

October 16, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demographics and Lifespan

When concerned about a contentious issue such as poverty, place comes first. Social scientists show how a neighborhood or a nation-state lags behind other places. Then a researcher might do something like link poor places with a certain race or ethnicity.[read more]

Using Smartphones to Improve Nairobi's Informal Transport Sector

October 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Nairobi Informal Transport

 

Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services.[read more]

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7 Ways to Build a World Citizen Movement to Help Cities Fight Climate Change

October 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The clock's ticking to save the planet, but together we can put the clock back.

A detailed new proposal has been published describing the multiple options available to cities and their citizens if they wish to decarbonise and move away from reliance on fossil fuels. The document, called Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement, was presented to Ban Ki-Moon last month.[read more]

A Common Vision: NYC People's Climate March and City Parks

October 15, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Activism and Public Vision

While goals of climate change campaigns such as the recent People's Climate March commonly include calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable sources of energy, the role of parks in the overall environmental health of cities is often overlooked.[read more]

A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About

October 15, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Pedestrian Safety

A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than in natural disasters over the that same period. Another 68,000 walkers on average are injured every year.[read more]

Line Ramstad's Democracy Through Design

October 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Democracy and Design

“Do no harm.” These are the wise and important words echoed again and again by Line Ramstad, the Norwegian-born designer who since 2009 has lived and worked in a refugee camp in a disputed zone near the border of Thailand and Burma.[read more]

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

French Ecotourism

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.[read more]

Nonprofit Gets Flashy With Local Food, Employs Disadvantaged

October 14, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food, Local Employment

Sometimes it takes a little flash to make a good idea happen. Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan (GINM) has been taking this approach to heart with their Farm to Freezer program, a job training initiative that flash freezes produce for the benefit of participants and local farms.[read more]

Engaging Pittsburgh's Bus Stops: Bus Stops as Public Spaces

October 14, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Pittsburgh Bus Stop Placemaking

As the host of 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Project for Public Spaces vowed to install community-based Lighter-Quicker-Cheaper (LQC) projects that brought placemaking to Pittsburgh and connected our conference to the community.[read more]

Walling in the One Percent: Protecting an 'Eco-City' from Sea Level Rise

October 14, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Building for the elites in Lagos

Lagos is one of the world’s largest coastal megacities and the most populous city in Africa. The financial capital and main port of the continent’s western region, it is considered a high risk area for coastal and urban flooding due to climate change and sea level rise, aggravated by the lack of adequate drainage.[read more]

Must a City of 8 Thousand Follow the Same Planning Processes as One of 8 Million? A Case for Rightsize Planning in India

October 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

City Size and Planning

India’s urban population currently stands at 377 million, representing 31% of the total. This urban population is distributed across a diverse range of small, medium and large urban centers. Smaller urban centers – or ‘census towns’ that have recently crossed the threshold to legally gain urban status.[read more]

What Links Mark Cavendish, Illusive Medals and a Nazi-Fighting Columbian Drug Lord?

October 12, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking and History

2012 wasn't the first time Britain had hosted the Olympics, nor even the second time; London is the only city to have ever played host to the Games three times. In the summer of 1948 the country was still under rations, and great swathes of London remained obliterated following the war.[read more]