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Halifax Turns its Library into the City's Living Room

October 28, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Libraries and Public Placemaking

As libraries struggle to stay relevant against the instant allure of e-readers, Google, Netflix and online music streaming, Halifax is taking a big step in making them cool again. The city is currently transforming its Halifax Central Public Library into a community hub for the digital age.[read more]

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Cities Should Provide Children with More Opportunities for Play to Counter Health, Social Problems

October 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Play is not only vital, but providing facilities encourages families to move to a city.

An appeal has been made for cities to make more space for children to play in order not just to counter the many health, learning and social problems that are due to today's kids playing less than people's generations, but to make cities themselves more attractive and safe places for young families to move to.[read more]

Leveraging the Value of Heritage in Malaysia through Placemaking

October 27, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Malaysia History and Placemaking

Think City, an urban regeneration group based in Georgetown, Penang, is making big waves in the Placemaking world. Founded in 2009, Think City has been helping Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserve its cultural history while also creating an economically and socially vibrant city.[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]

Golden Gate Bridge Sidewalk Toll is just the Latest in a String of Bad Ideas

October 26, 2014 by David Edmondson

Like many bad notions, the idea of charging a toll on bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the Golden Gate Bridge has risen from its apparent grave. As it has before, the proposal has raised the ire of bike coalitions on both sides of the bridge, not to mention smart growth organizations in San Francisco.[read more]

Voices of the City: Cyril Naicker

October 25, 2014 by Future Cape Town

City Voices of Cape Town

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. This week we hear from Cyril Naicker, the creative director of CT inVogue. Naicker is currently developing MyVogue Africa – a fashion reality series.[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil Street Markets Celebrate 100 Years

October 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sao Paulo Street Markets

On August 25th, 2014 we celebrated 100 years of the formal existence of street markets in São Paulo, a true cultural heritage of the city. The date refers to the first regulation of this activity in the capital, Act 710, signed by Mayor Washington Luis in 1914.[read more]

10 Agriculture Jobs That Didn’t Exist 25 Years Ago

October 23, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Agriculture Jobs

What we as a nation define as “agriculture” is morphing and expanding to reflect the changing landscape of American industry. So here are ten new agriculture and food-sector jobs and employment positions that didn’t actually exist twenty-five years ago.[read more]

In a Volatile Period

October 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Space Development

“We are at the volatile beginning period when all the plants are fighting it out. We have to help the newly planted grasses dominate,” said Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, at the kick-off of the restoration of the 10-acre meadow at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C.[read more]

Uphill Cycling a Breeze Thanks to This City's Bike Escalator

October 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Escalators

Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable.[read more]

The Will to Try New Things

October 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

The Urban and the New

I’m a big fan of wine. But in particular, I like and I support Ontario wines. And recently I was in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Stratus Vineyards annual harvest party. It happens every year and, as the name suggests, it kind of marks the end of the growing season for the vineyard.[read more]

Life as a Lunatic: Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin

October 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farming and Lunacy

Joel Salatin is a holistic farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and an iconic figure in the sustainable food movement. Salatin practices a healing-the-land approach to farming in the face of much criticism from both traditional and sustainable agriculture advocates.[read more]