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First Crowdfunded Real Estate Project Opens in D.C.

April 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Crowdfunding and Real Estate

Want further evidence that technology and the internet are going to dramatically transform many “non-tech” industries such as real estate? Take a look at 1351 H Street NE in Washington D.C. It houses a hybrid retail store and restaurant and is probably the first truly crowdfunded real estate project.[read more]

Condo or Rental Apartment: Does it Even Matter?

April 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

To Rent or to Condo

Toronto is the condo capital of North America. For a number of years now, there have been more condos under construction in this city compared to any other in North America, including New York. But recently the real estate community has become incredibly interested in building multi-family apartments.[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

Why Do More People in Quebec Sell Their Home Without an Agent?

April 10, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Quebec and Real Estate Patterns

If you ask most people, they’ll tell you that real estate agents will never ever disappear. Despite the internet, mobile phones, and social networks, the bulk of the market still employs an agent. But there are lots of entrepreneurs and people in the real estate community experimenting with different models.[read more]

Lessons From Cairo: How Small Scale Urban Initiatives can Improve a City

April 6, 2015 by This Big City

Cairo Urban Initiatives

Cairo, like many cities, is deeply wounded by fragmentation and heterogeneity. It is a complex city with a broken public realm. And while policymakers use lack of money as an excuse for not making substantial improvements, money has no relation with innovation and creativity.[read more]

Barn2Door Looks to Connect Farmers and Buyers Across the USA with a Mobile App

Networking Farmers

The Seattle direct-to-consumer marketplace Farmstr, which launched in 2013, is no more. But founder Janelle Maiocco has launched Barn2Door. Maiocco, who was followed to Barn2Door by several Farmstr colleagues, will apply lessons learned from her time at the helm of Farmstr to her new business venture.[read more]

Is This the End of the Suburbs? Leigh Gallagher Thinks So

April 2, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urbanization and the Future of the Suburbs

 

In 'The End of the Suburbs,' a story is told of the big changes underway in the way Americans are choosing to live in the 21st century. For sixty years, urban areas have become decentralized, and downtowns turned into ugly, parking lot deserts where only marginalized people lived. But all that is changing.[read more]

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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

Can France's Plan to Use Planning for Social Engineering Really Work?

March 30, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Immigants and the poor would be put in richer neighborhoods.

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has unveiled shocking measures to change struggling neighborhoods, by forcing richer ones to take a greater share of the poor and disadvantaged in an effort to tackle the crime and social problems of ghettos. Can he succeed?[read more]

Night Time Informal Street Trade in Bangkok Creates Jobs, Unlike in Cape Town

March 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Informal economies create jobs and should be encouraged.

In Bangkok informal economic activity on the streets is well accepted and facilitated, leading to a dynamic night-time informal trade culture. Informal trade is pronounced in the city centre in areas such as Siam Square. This is in great contrast to the situation in Cape Town.[read more]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[read more]

Manipulate the Housing Market with this One Neat Trick

March 24, 2015 by David Edmondson
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Regulations often result in unintended consequences. Money flows to find any crack in the system, after all, and often those cracks are in very odd places. Zoning and building codes are no different, and they can manipulate not just how people do business but how we built our cities.[read more]