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Five Colleges Leading the Way in Online Sustainable Agriculture Education

October 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Online Agriculture Education

As the demand for local, sustainable food grows, so does the need for farmers who are well-versed in the ways of sustainable agriculture. Fortunately, many educational institutions are ready to train the next generation of sustainable farmers through sustainable agriculture curricula.[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 Global City of Eds and Meds

October 15, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Urban Populations and Education

Concerning incomes without geographic limits, foreign buyers drive up rents in global neighborhoods. With a strong desire to live, work, and play in global neighborhoods, millennials commit more of their annual wage to shelter than others are willing to bear.[read more]

The Political Geography of Economic Development

October 7, 2014 by Jim Russell

Political Geography

Politicians love a good show. When it comes to economic development, a ribbon cutting for a new business beats greater investment in education any day of the week. The ribbon cutting provides a photo opportunity for tomorrow’s newspaper. The human capital payoff will come years, if not decades, later.[read more]

Foundations for a Fairer City

October 6, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Fair Urbanism

The conversation about fairness needs to critique and challenge the convention that any opportunity is an opportunity for all, and that fairness is little more than being able to take part in a lottery. Fairness is not about opportunities but about outcomes.[read more]

The Creative Class Boondoggle in Downtown Las Vegas

October 6, 2014 by Jim Russell

Las Vegas and the Creative Class

I’ll say it again. The lust for greater density is pornographic. I’ve been a vocal critic of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Las Vegas project, and recent news of Hsieh walking away from the revitalization experiment portends an implosion of “Creative Class” urbanism.[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]

The Portlandia Paradox

September 26, 2014 by Jim Russell

Portlandia and Migration

Claire Cain Miller poked the hornet’s nest of Portlandia boosters with “Will Portland Always Be a Retirement Community for the Young?” in the New York Times Magazine. At issue is Portland, Oregon, as a model of economic development.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Portlandia Is Dying

September 24, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Portland and Migration

The college educated agglomerate in quite a few places. Some places are Pittsburgh and others are Asheville. Not all brain gain is created equal. Sometimes, as is the case in Portland, brain gain is brain waste. Build an emerald city. Attract the best and brightest. They will come and do nothing.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

September 17, 2014 by Jim Russell

Relation of Innovation and Migration

Place happens when people reside in a geographic space. People make places. On the other hand, do places make people? The bigger the city, the greater the innovation rate. Mathematics tells us that. The number crunching doesn’t explain why we observe a certain quality of place associated with innovative activities.[read more]

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Cityfood: Encouraging Urban Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries

September 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Support for urban growing programmes

"You can't separate the sustainability of the city from its hinterlands," says Henk de Zeeuw. He works for the RUAF Foundation http://www.ruaf.org/, a global network in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies, and Cityfood, an initiative to support cities that want to start urban growing and local food programs.[read more]

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'Do Highly Creative People Move More than Others, or Does Moving make People more Creative?'

September 15, 2014 by Jim Russell

Do creative people make the place, or does the place make creative people? Immigrant gateway cities in any country also double as national cultural centers. Immigrants, more than other movers, end up in dense hotbeds of innovation. I could endlessly chase my own tail in a game of chicken-or-egg.[read more]