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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]

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]

The Business of Cities

April 17, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Over the past few months on this blog, I’ve started to introduce business terms into the way I describe and talk about cities. I’ve referred to residents and visitors as customers of a city, experiences within a city as products and services, and cities themselves as businesses.[read more]

Cutting the Super Block Down to Size

April 16, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Super Blocks

To accommodate the millions coming in from the countryside each year, China’s cities are tearing down their old human-scale, socially-rich neighborhoods, with their meandering, bicycle-friendly streets, and putting in highways and incredibly isolating towers set amid vacant-feeling “super blocks.”[read more]

Painting the Town Yellow, Green, and Blue: Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

April 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Rio Street Art

Brazilian graffiti captures a city’s culture and history, its feelings on political or social conditions, as well as a little frivolity and playfulness. A distinction needs to be made therefore between grafite, a street art style focused on aesthetics, and pichação, or tagging.[read more]

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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

Core Counties > Outlying Counties

April 14, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Recent US Census Bureau data has once again confirmed that there’s a growing preference for living in urban cores. More specifically, it finds that population growth has been shifting to the US' core counties' 381 metro areas, especially since the economic recovery began gaining steam in 2010.[read more]

As Europe's Traffic Fatalities Drop, Brazil's Soar

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Traffic safety improvements in Europe are being hailed as one of the greatest advances for the region in the past decade. Europe should be proud of its success: since 2010, there have been 17% fewer deaths on the continent’s roads. This translates into 9,000 lives saved.[read more]

A Citizen-Driven Urban Sustainability Prize for Colombia

April 11, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Premio Sostenabilidad Urbana 2014

What if civil society organisations awarded city administrations for their efforts to creating a sustainable urban future? The goal of the Urban Sustainability Prize is to generate incentives for hundreds of municipalities across Colombia to collect indicators on sustainability and to share them with other city administrations.[read more]

New Approaches to Urban Infrastructure and Service Provision

April 11, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Infrastructure

The development of “Cities for Life” requires infrastructure to bring life’s fundamentals to the community: water, sanitation, housing, transportation, energy. Historically, stark inequities in access to these basics have divided cities, leaving informal communities marginalized.[read more]

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San Francisco Inspires Mobility in European Cities

April 10, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

San Francisco and Mobility

Tenacity, persistence and a lot of patience are the attributes that Timothy Papandreou, Director of Transport Planning of San Francisco, considers essential to take forward some of the most important developments in the mobility sector not only in American cities but also throughout the world.[read more]

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Joseph Stiglitz's Recommendations to Address Inequality

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Nobel Economics Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz

The World Urban Forum underway this week in Medellin, Columbia, is taking place on the world's most urbanised continent, struggling, as with many cities around the world, to meet the needs of millions of people crowded into these areas.[read more]