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'Main Street Movement' Spurs the Revitalization of Small Towns in Iowa

December 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Main Streets and Urban Renewal

Small towns in Iowa all seem to have one thing in common: historic Main Streets. The Main Streets of Iowa are typically composed of a few blocks of low-slung brick buildings. They are simplistic and unimposing, with small businesses on the ground level and housing or office space above.[read more]

Forget the Damned Motor Car

December 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Transportation Choices and Resources

Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, William Shakespeare, Adam Smith, and Abraham Lincoln lived in cities and never drove an automobile. They didn’t need one, or thought to need one. And you wouldn’t need one either if we could arrange our lives such that you can get where you need to go without a car.[read more]

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa Leads Bogotá's Inclusive Urban Transformation

December 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Transformation Leadership

In 1997, Bogotá was one of the most unlikely places to stage an urban transformation. It had a long history of unmet government plans; a frenzied, semi-formal public transport system, and half-organized, half-chaotic urban development that had led to great inequality and informality.[read more]

The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion

December 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Traffic Problems

A few days ago I wrote a post talking about what happens when you demolish an urban highway. It was a link to an article giving five examples of cities that have removed their urban highways and benefited. After I wrote the post, a number of people responded on Twitter.[read more]

GIVA Little Hope This Season

December 21, 2014 by Cape Town Partnership

GIVA is an online platform that connects givers with real individuals in need. The people are screened and vetted by legitimate NGOs, and a specific need that would make a big difference in their life is identified. This is uploaded to the website and people can contribute money towards the cause.[read more]

Safety And Efficiency In The Boiler Room [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Building Best Practices

Got a boiler room in your home or company’s basement? Then you’ve got an efficient and consistent source of heat during the winter: because boilers heat water which radiates throughout the building, they provide even, long-lasting comfort during the winter months.[read more]

Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life

December 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Harbor Renewal in Ireland

With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes. The majority of waterfront redevelopment in Ireland, including the redevelopment of Dublin Port in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was brownfield redevelopment.[read more]

Barrels and Ammunition

December 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Organizational Best Practices

 

One idea of organizational practice is the idea of barrels and ammunition. For a lot of organizations, the thought is often that by adding more people you’ll be able to increase output. More people = greater velocity. But a different reasoning is that most people are actually ammunition.[read more]

Celebrating the Wilderness Act of 1964, and Celebrating Wildness in Cities

December 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Green Space Legislation

September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing into U.S. law of the Wilderness Act. A watershed act and a cornerstone of contemporary environmentalism, it put into place new and important safeguards on the protection and development of some of the nation’s most impressive wild areas.[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]

Young People in Food: North Dakotans Hannah and Jonathan Moser Bring Local to Big Ag Country

December 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Young People and Local Food

After graduating college, Hannah and Jonathan Moser learned the mechanics of CSA management while working on a vegetable farm in Australia. Then the couple came home to North Dakota and decided to give it a try for themselves, launching Forager Farm.[read more]

Christmas Gifts for the Little Urbanist

December 20, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Urbanist Gift Ideas

Your grandpa played with toy trains. Your mom loved her wooden school bus. You loved to construct public buildings out of Lego, and now your kid can’t stop reading Richard Scarry books. Whether or not we realize it, children are fascinated by how a city works.[read more]