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City Growth Outpaces that of Suburbs: New Data

April 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Cities and Suburbs and Growth

New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when large numbers of city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up much of the countryside.[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]

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]

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]

Shanghai Tower Raises Questions on the Future of Walkability

Shanghai Walkability

Shanghai Tower, designed by the transnational architecture design tycoon Gensler, will quite soon become the third tallest building in the world, likely this year. Once complete, it will proudly join Shanghai’s already very famous and highly crowded skyline[read more]

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Check Up of India's Heart - Delhi: A Diagnosis of the Capital's Public Transport

April 10, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Delhi Public Transportation

Delhi Transport Service (DTS) was incorporated in 1948 by the Government of India for local bus services, which were previously operated by the Gwalior and Northern India Transport Co. Ltd. Later, DTS was reconstituted under the Road Transport Corporation Act in 1950.[read more]

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UK Launches World's First Scheme to Pay Homeowners to make Renewable Heat

April 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's Mr Renewables!

The first scheme in the world that will pay owners of domestic buildings for generating renewable heat has been launched in the UK. Like feed-in tariffs, the financial incentive scheme offers householders a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour generated from various technologies.[read more]

Who Are the Real Investors in Our Cities?

April 7, 2014 by Julian Dobson
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City Investors

What is an investor? The usual answer to that question is someone with money. We need investors, the received wisdom goes, because they’ll develop property, build businesses and create jobs. The logic then proceeds on the assumption that to attract investors we have to do what investors want.[read more]

Can Denver's Ambitious Light-Rail Plan Meet its 2018 Completion Deadline?

April 1, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver Light-Rail Plan

In 2004, Denver voters approved an initiative to provide funding for a rapid transit system comprised mostly of new light-rail tracks, stations, and park-n-rides to be completed by 2018. Integral to this plan is light-rail access from the Denver metro area, to and from the Denver International Airport.[read more]

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'Nalvaravu Chennai!' ('Welcome to Chennai!') The Jewel of South India: The City Using Public Transport the Most

March 26, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Chennai and Public Transportation

Chennai (formerly ‘Madras’) is the capital of Tamilnadu State in southern India. With an urban agglomeration spread across more than 400 square kilometers and a population of about 9 million, Chennai is the 4th most populous metropolitan area of India.[read more]

Geography of the Legacy Economy: Mapping the Next Boom

March 19, 2014 by Jim Russell

Another day, another article about Silicon Valley as the next Rust Belt. Right now, such claims look absurd. The Bay Area has never been wealthier. But that’s just the problem. Primary commercial real estate markets in the area are completely tapped out.[read more]

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Delay in Introducing Buses is Increasing Vehicular Ownership in India

March 13, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Do you call this safe?

India's cities have been experiencing rapid urbanization, but the authorities have been struggling to keep up with providing bus services. The result? Increased vehicle ownership, traffic jams and chaos.[read more]