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Congratulations, Your City Is Dying!

October 27, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Dying Cities

In general, a declining population translates into a dying place. For a place (city or nation-state), dying can also refer to the aging of the overall population. If everyone is too old to work, then who will pay for the health care? Save the wildcard of migration, more deaths than births is an existential threat.[read more]

Top 10 U.S. Cities for Young Smart People

October 26, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities for the Young and Smart

I’m always on the lookout for great websites and communities dedicated to cities. And thanks to a friend of mine, I found a new one called City Observatory. It’s my new favorite site for city geeks. They describe themselves as a “data-driven platform for sharing, analyzing and discussing the success of cities.”[read more]

Cheating Demographic Doom: Pittsburgh Exceptionalism and Japan's Surprising Economic Resilience

October 24, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demographic Doom and Risk

Pittsburgh holds the dubious distinction of having the lowest share (10.8 percent) of children among the 52 largest metros. Imagine this cohort aging in place, no one leaving or arriving. Without the benefit of migration, Pittsburgh will become the smallest of the big metros.[read more]

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100 Cities Sign UP for Climate Change Adaptation Program

October 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mayors Adapt is the name of this game 

The first pan-European initiative to support cities in leading the way on adaptation to climate change saw 100 cities be recognised at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony in Brussels last week attended by high-level representatives.An Urban Adaptation Support Tool was launched that any city may use.[read more]

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]