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How Public Spaces Make Cities Work [VIDEO]

April 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Public Spaces

More than eight million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes this at all possible? In part, it is the city’s many great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.[read more]

Smart Cars Reach Tipping Point

Smart Cars' Literal Tipping Point

No, not that kind of tipping point. We’re talking about a different trend: smart car tipping. It seems an unidentified group of six to eight “hooded vandals” have been roaming the streets of San Francisco and turning the lightweight, compact cars and turning them on their sides, to the chagrin of their owners.[read more]

Repurposing the Public Toilets of Dublin, Ireland

April 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Dublin Public Toilets

Dotted around Dublin there are dozens of former “public conveniences” or public toilets now unused, boarded and chained shut. These small, single story Victorian and Edwardian units were once an essential part of everyday life for many Dubliners.[read more]

Recent Census Data Shows Early Signs of New Population Growth in the Center of the Region

April 18, 2014 by Metropolitan Planning Council

Population Growth

Cook County is growing again. This shift has come about over the past three years, following a decade of significant decline in the core as the population of the Chicago region migrated outward. Since 2010, though, Cook County has grown by more than all the suburban counties in the region combined.[read more]

Makoko: 'Venice of Lagos'

April 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mokoko and Lagos

The date of conception for Makoko is debateable, but the majority of literature and articles assert that it was established in the 18th Century as a fishing village. Over the many years, thousands of people have made this place their home. Like many other ‘slum’ areas, the full population of Makoko is unknown.[read more]

Seattle Is Dying

April 18, 2014 by Jim Russell

Boeing long has been the economic anchor for the Puget Sound area in Washington State. Seattle’s employment base is much more diverse these days. But Boeing’s demand for STEM talent remains a centerpiece of workforce development.[read more]

Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues

April 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Athens Public Protest

With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands? Should we continue burdening an already polluted area or should we create new sites of pollution? There is not a more igniting local issue than the waste management of Athens and Attica.[read more]

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Billboards and Art in Toronto

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of BeautifulCity.ca, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto.[read more]

Introducing the Black Tie Bicycle Test: Does Your City Pass?

April 17, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking In Amsterdam

I was in Amsterdam over the weekend for a family trip. It's the first time I've been to the city as a pedestrian and have not been riding a bicycle while I was in the city, and walking the streets of the Dutch capital gave me a totally different perspective.[read more]

Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]

Are Historically-Black Towns History?

April 17, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Historically-Black Towns

Recently, I came across two sets of articles about Historically Black towns in Oklahoma and in Missouri. Part as a means of segregation and part as a means of dignity, self-respect and control of the civic space, African-Americans established or had help establishing their own towns after slavery.[read more]

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Vienna Seeks Ideas to Reinvent Citizen Inclusion

April 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vienna seeks proposals for social harmony.

Forward-thinking cities around the world are increasingly competing - as well as cooperating - to position themselves as 'greener' than each other or to promote some singular quality that makes them stand out. Now Vienna has launched a competition for proposals to do just this.[read more]