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What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

July 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Microsoft Cuts and Talent Migration

The Tech Economy is dying. And by that, I mean the Innovation Economy (to stick with Enrico Moretti’s terminology in his book The New Geography of Jobs) is dying. The “Innovation Economy” is an epoch, following on the heels of agriculture and manufacturing.[read more]

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Neal Gorenflo on the Sharing Cities Network [WEBCAST]

July 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Neal and his book Share or Die

In this video webcast David Thorpe talks to Neal Gorenflo, co-founder of shareable.net, a nonprofit with a mission to empower everyone to share for a more joyous, resilient, and equitable world. Its Sharing Cities Network connects local sharing grassroots activists around the world.[read more]

Why Some Modernist Homes Make Bad Neighbors

July 20, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Modern Houses and Neighborhood Style

I grew up as an architect loving modernism and its clean lines, its spartan rectilinear shapes and its honesty of materials. But now that I’ve gotten some distance from my modernism-centric education, I see how modernism can go wrong, especially on a residential scale in established neighborhoods.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

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ISO 14001 Revision Reaches Milestone in Updating Standard for Environmental Management

July 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

ISO 14001 EMS

A milestone has been reached in the development of a new draft of the standard many city administrations will be familiar with for helping to ensure the environmental quality of their infrastructure and operations: ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

July 14, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Housing and Supply and Demand

Consider a metro area, which is functionally defined in terms of commuting for work. The wages within the region act as a cap on the high-end of the real estate market. At a minimum, housing supply is responsive to population change. Less people need less housing.[read more]

Alabama Food Bank Focuses on Growing the Local Food System to Alleviate Hunger

Local Food, Local Hunger

“Our challenge is not only feeding people who are hungry today, but how do we work proactively to address the causes of hunger and poverty?” asks Kathryn Strickland, who works as the Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama.[read more]

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New Alliance Links Sustainable Food to Solving Obesity Crisis

July 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Square Meal report links Health and Well-Being with Food and Farming Policies

A new alliance of national environmental, nutrition and health groups is calling on local and national governments to show leadership by linking up policies on health and well-being with food and farming policies.[read more]

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207 Global Cities Have Reported Climate Actions and Are Working with Business

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

But do the aims of cities and local business coincide?

Most of the world’s major cities have admitted that climate change presents a physical risk to the businesses operating in their jurisdictions. This "real and current threat" is driving local governments to take concrete action in response, concludes a new report from CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, AECOM and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40).[read more]

San Francisco's High-Tech Urbanism

July 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Tech Life in San Francisco

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving.[read more]

Demographic Tale of the Tape: Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight

July 9, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demographic Myths and Truths

In this corner of demographic analysis, wunderkind Nate Silver takes on popular opinion about why Eric Cantor lost a Republican primary in Virginia. In the other corner, Matthew Yglesias maps demographic doom. To be fair, Yglesias isn’t trying to out-Silver Nate Silver. But Yglesias manages to obfuscate.[read more]