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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]

Opening Up the Black Box of Economic Development

January 9, 2015 by Jim Russell

What Makes Economic Development

We should all beware of certified professionals. Such presumed bona fides usually mask an exercise of throwing darts. If the results of efforts are obviously positive, then why does an economic development practitioner bear a testimonial certificate?[read more]


January 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly


STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These academic fields have been the focus of many federal governments around the world as they have been seen as the key to driving innovation. But what you may not have heard of is something called STEAM.[read more]

Pittsburgh's Hidden Economic Boom

January 7, 2015 by Jim Russell

Pittsburgh's Hidden Boom

Population change is a poor measure of economic health. A region, such as Pittsburgh, can become wealthier while struggling with demographic decline. Dwindling residential numbers don’t indicate a city is dying. A good recent example of such dynamics is the supposed exodus from California.[read more]

The Mythology of Uniqueness

December 29, 2014 by Jim Russell

Housing and Urban Myths

Adding a geographic perspective to the affordable housing debate, the illusion of local limits our policy choices. The problem (i.e. lack of affordable housing) is framed as local. Thus, the solutions offered are local. But the demand driving up rents is not local, but global.[read more]

How Public-Private Collaboration Created Amsterdam's Green Software R&D Centre

December 23, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

Partnerships and Green Software in Amsterdam

Green IT Amsterdam aims to raise eco-awareness among users of large software systems like government bodies. This collaboration of data centers, IT companies, energy and utility specialized organizations, and public partners like universities, aims to stimulate innovation to green the regional IT industry.[read more]

Learning to Ride a Bike Isn't Child's Play" Montreuil, France's Six-Level Bike School

December 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike School in France

Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily. Because not everyone learns to ride a bike at the same time, there are now numerous bike schools where one can learn to sit atop a two-wheeler with the help of specialized teachers.[read more]