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Miami's 21st Century Economy is Taking Shape at Florida International University

August 21, 2014 by Peter Smith

Miami and the 21st Century Economy

News of Miami's economy tends to be dominated by the city's volatile - and often controversial - real estate market. Gleaming condos towering over Biscayne Bay and multi-million-dollar cash deals between off-shore LLCs give it an extravagance that is hard to ignore.[read more]

Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

August 21, 2014 by Jim Russell

Housing Affordability and Supply

Among economists, there is a debate about how to address the problem of housing affordability. When the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland casts doubt on the efficacy of increasing supply to address rent inflation, I wonder about the research paper history that lends itself to such conclusions.[read more]

Housing Affordability and Supply Side Economics

August 13, 2014 by Jim Russell

Housing and Economics

Just a few hours ago, I got wind of an article that characterizes housing affordability in Los Angeles as only a supply problem. The experts quoted deserve my attention and respect. I think the positions voiced typify the supply side argument.[read more]


How a Community Garden Can Be A Catalyst that Can Change A City

August 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vetch Veg, Swansea

How do you change the mindsets and attitudes of officials who have their own fixed ways of doing things, set in stone when they themselves were trained? And how do you get a community that is not used to thinking for itself to take responsibility for developments in its own neighbourhood? Aren't these the greatest challenges to sustainability?[read more]

The Social Library that Transformed a Berlin Street (And Community)

August 11, 2014 by This Big City

Social Library

We have seen urban and artistic interventions in our cities for decades. Sometimes, they are perceived as simple vandalism acts or as anecdotal, with interpretations ranging from the appreciation to the (anonymous) artists who alter the public space.[read more]


Payback Time: Where ex-Mafia Land is Used to Grow Organic Food and Reclaim a Sustainable Way of Life

August 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making wine the traditional way.

The City to City Barcelona FAD Awards are for outstanding projects that have a positive and transforming effect on cities and their inhabitants. The Libera Terra project in Sicily uses land confiscated from the Mafia to grow organic food and reclaim traditional, sustainable ways of life.[read more]


Using Slum-Dwellers' Own Wisdom to Uplift Their Communities, in Bangladesh

August 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Using the wisdom of slum-dwellers

The City to City Barcelona FAD Awards are for outstanding projects that have a positive and transforming effect on cities and their inhabitants. Dhaka's BRAC University are working with slum communities to harness their skills and knowledge to assist their integration into the city using educational, recreational and self-sufficiency projects.[read more]


How A Map Made By Residents Transformed A Slum Area in Nairobi

August 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Residents decide what's important to go on the map.

The City to City Barcelona FAD Awards are for outstanding projects that have a positive and transforming effect on cities and their inhabitants. Map Kibera let inhabitants of a forgotten slum map their territory, deciding what was important to go on it, thereby grabbing the attention of the authorities to get them to answer their needs.[read more]

Fleeing New York and San Francisco for 'Cleveland'

August 8, 2014 by Jim Russell

Cost of Living and Migration

To set the geography, playwright Tennessee Williams supposedly said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” In a similar vein, I once wrote, “There is Greater Greater New York. And then there is the rest of the United States.”[read more]

Cities on the Move: Visualizing the Flow of Rotterdam's Urban Landscape

August 7, 2014 by This Big City

Rotterdam Traffic Flow

Google “cities as an organism” and you’ll find everything from TED talks to blog posts to academic papers on the topic. There’s no shortage of suggestions that collective actions in cities are like an urban metabolism. And as we become more technologically-enabled, this concept of urban flow becomes easier to measure.[read more]


Five Reasons Why Mayors Should Manage The World

August 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

Would you trust Benjamin Barber to take care of the world?

Can mayors rule the world? Some of them certainly think they would do a better job than the leaders of nation states and they have put together a proposal arguing just that, in advance of next month's summit to decide the shape of a future Global Parliament of Mayors.[read more]

When Social Scientists Fail Demography

August 5, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demography Fail

Don’t go shooting the messenger. I’m hard on journalists who perpetuate demographic and geographic myths. Most of the time, journalists aren’t to blame. Tracking down the origination of brain drain claims, I find erroneous expert opinions.[read more]