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Urban Demographics: Elderly Cities

February 26, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Aging Urban Populations

Nanmoku is the city with the oldest population in Japan. It has 22,000 inhabitants, with 52.7% older than 65 years old. The leaders of this city in the Japanese province of Gunma are desperate. They urgently need young people to renew their population or else be prepared to “disappear from the map.”[read more]

REVEALED: The Most Segregated Cities in North America

February 26, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

North America and Urban Segregation

The Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto has just released a new study called Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros that reveals the physical sorting and separation of advantaged and disadvantaged groups within cities.[read more]

The Great Intensification Debate: What's Better for Cities?

February 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Intensification

Neighborhood investment needs to be a balance between preservation and progress. This doesn’t exclusively mean high-rise intensification. It could mean removing the barriers to laneway housing.[read more]

The Waste Biz: Time To Shake Up The Recycling Business?

February 23, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Changing the Recycling Business

A few years ago here in St. Louis, you couldn’t turn on local news or open a newspaper without seeing a report on copper theft. Old abandoned buildings were getting their old copper pipes stripped, and newer air conditioners were getting taken just for the copper in them.[read more]

Will an Ideas Competition Improve Informal Trading Conditions in Cape Town?

February 23, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Street trading in Cape Town

Cape Town has issued an exciting global ideas competition to improve informal trading in the city, calling for innovative solutions to enhance and strengthen the sector and solve the many problems street trading faces in the city.Informal trade represents 12% of Cape Town’s economy and is important.[read more]

How Unlikely Neighborhoods Change

February 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Neighborhoods and Change

The interesting thing about Dovercourt Village — and specifically Geary Avenue — is that they seem like unlikely places for new investment. There’s a rail line and a set of power lines running through it. But if the buzz around Dovercourt Village proves to be true, then it could end up as a yuppy enclave in the city.[read more]

What is the Craziest City Job?

February 20, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Cities, Jobs, and Needs

 

I learned what the craziest city jobs was last week after watching Supersized Earth, a BBC documentary on global cities. The show featured the window cleaning company Cox Gomyl, whose brave workers are tasked with cleaning the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.[read more]

Free Water Risk Tool Helps Businesses Gain Water Security and Save Money

February 20, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

The Global Water Risk Tool

The Water Risk Monetizer is free, available now for use, and full of potential for advancing local, national and global goals for water conservation and sustainability. It is a product of the U.S. Water Alliance.[read more]

A Community-Based Financing Model for Local Food: Maine Harvest Credit Project

February 20, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Maine Harvest Credit Project

A new venture in Maine seeks to provide financing to local farmers and food producers by establishing a credit union focused on Maine’s local food economy. The Maine Harvest Credit Project is the brainchild of Sam May and Scott Budde, Mainers with backgrounds in finance and the local food movement.[read more]

Why Our Towns Need a Better Future than Tesco Can Offer

February 19, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Britain and Town Center Planning

Last month local leaders in the UK who had hopes to regenerate landmark sites in partnership with Tesco had to end years of planning: the retailer pulled out of schemes to develop 49 sites, create at least 8,000 jobs, more than 1,100 new homes, and nearly 2.5m square feet of retail space.[read more]

Entrepreneur Puts the "We" in Food Retail, Encourages Collaboration in Local Urban Food Production

February 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food and Community Participation

“For every new microbrewery opening up in your city, there are thousands of home brewers with dreams of selling their beers to you as well, whose dreams go unfulfilled. The same goes for home bakers or urban foragers. Food is hot, and people want to experience real foods, made by real people, near them.”[read more]

Want to Conquer a Territory? Install Rail and Buy Property

February 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail Plus Property

The town of Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway connected the area. And traditionally its economy has been closely connected to that rail. The company has predicated its economic success on buying property and importing tourists.[read more]