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The Future of the Library

February 17, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Libraries and Future Public Spaces

Thanks to Google, e-books,, and book store cafés among other factors, libraries are changing at a breakneck speed. Libraries used to be where you looked things up, and now you can look anything up practically at any time. But what about the community development role of the library in society?[read more]

Let's End Inequality and Build a Fairer Society

February 11, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Austerity has Urban Impacts

There has always been money to do what government deems necessary. The question is how we raise it and how we spend it. But the narrative of austerity is that all those things we used to consider valuable - public services, decent housing, social support for people in crisis - are now unaffordable luxuries.[read more]

Top 10 Walking States in America

January 31, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Walking and the United States

Since states are composed of cities, which generally constitute the majority of a states’ population, it is significant that the states with the most walking have cities known for walkability. Indeed, the top three states, New York, California, and Washington, have some of the country’s most walkable cities.[read more]

Building 'Links in the Chain' of Food Innovation at California Baptist University

January 31, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Universities and Food Innovation

California Baptist University in Riverside, California is a vital part of Riverside’s local and sustainable food efforts through its Food Innovation Center. Part of the university’s Department of Health Sciences, the 4,000-square foot space provides extensive classroom, laboratory and kitchen space.[read more]

Building an Aquaponics Megafarm in Anaheim: A Q&A With Aaron Flora

January 29, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Anaheim Megafarm

Aaron Flora has worked on creating farms with Renewable Farms for years, but he just recently embarked on his biggest project to date, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign: a mega-aquaponics farm for the city of Anaheim, California that will double as a community training center.[read more]

How Competitions Were Used to Speed Up Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

January 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Policy Goals and Seeking Innovation


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, “HUD didn’t want to move at the speed of government” in its effort to create more resilient coastal designs in New York and New Jersey, so it started a special competition to speed things up.[read more]

The Geography of Housing Affordability in Texas

January 21, 2015 by Jim Russell

Housing Geography in Texas

Within the policy geography of Texas, housing affordability is highly variant from city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood. And in Brooklyn, concerning the increase in residential price per square foot from 2004-2012, large swaths of the borough saw either decrease or stagnation. Don't believe the hype.[read more]

5 Native Tribal Organizations Reviving the Sustainable Agriculture Tradition

January 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

The Tradition of Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture techniques were practiced for thousands of years in North America by Native Americans. Today, health problems and loss of ancestral knowledge are common in many tribal communities. Sustainable farming helps tribes to get back to their roots while addressing these problems.[read more]

Urban Demographics: Shrinking City Chicago

January 15, 2015 by Jim Russell

Chicago and Population Changes

Chicago is dying. By “dying” I mean the city proper is losing population. Bill Sander and Bill Testa of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago point out that: “During the 1980–2010 period, Chicago lost a total of over 300,000 residents.” But in the suburbs, the population boomed by two million.[read more]

City Parks Partnerships: Working Toward a Useful Teaching Strategy

January 15, 2015 by City Parks Blog

City Parks and Partners

Last month the City Parks Alliance held a pilot workshop in a concerted effort to develop a teaching strategy for helping park professionals learn and understand partnerships and collaboration. More than twenty participants attended the day-long event held at Augustus Hawkins Natural Park.[read more]

Hidden Gems in the Tenderloin

January 13, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Hidden Culture

I’ve written about the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco before. It’s an infamous neighborhood in the center of the city that has for decades resisted gentrification. But as the technology sector continues to urbanize, many fear that it’s only a matter of time before it does eventually gentrify.[read more]

Dumping Food Scraps On Your Head: A Good Way To Raise Awareness Of Wasted Food?

January 10, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Waste and Social Media

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? If you logged into Facebook at all last year, you know what I’m talking about: those homemade videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves. The challenge also spawned numerous imitators, including the Scrap Bucket Challenge.[read more]