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Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne's BioBlitz

March 4, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world. They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others.[read more]

Where the Jobs are Being Created in Cities

March 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Job Creation

According to a new report released by City Observatory, US cities have officially reversed a 50-year trend towards decentralization. In some ways, it just makes intuitive sense. People started returning to cities and so the jobs followed (although there were also structural changes to the economy).[read more]

New Hampshire-Based Nonprofit Helps Immigrants Find a Fresh Start in Farming

Immigrants and Farming

At Fresh Start Farms, immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs participate in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project. The program, in operation since 2008, helps new arrivals to not only establish a food source for their family, but to begin a sustainable small business in their adopted community.[read more]

Job Growth Now Faster in City Centers, Shrinking in Suburbs

March 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Jobs

Job growth is now faster in city centers than outlying suburban areas, according to a new report from City Observatory. According to their analysis, from 2002 to 2007, “job decentralization” — that is, the growth of jobs in suburbs — was in full force, but now that trend has been reversed.[read more]

Re-Blogging the City

March 2, 2015 by Dean Saitta

Blogging About Cities

In November of 2013 I chaired a session called “Scholarly Blogging: What? Why?” at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History meeting in Toronto. The purpose of the session was to bring together scholars in the U.S. and Canada who use blogs as platforms for working on research projects.[read more]

The Future of the Library

February 17, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Libraries and Future Public Spaces

Thanks to Google, e-books, Amazon.com, and book store cafés among other factors, libraries are changing at a breakneck speed. Libraries used to be where you looked things up, and now you can look anything up practically at any time. But what about the community development role of the library in society?[read more]

Let's End Inequality and Build a Fairer Society

February 11, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Austerity has Urban Impacts

There has always been money to do what government deems necessary. The question is how we raise it and how we spend it. But the narrative of austerity is that all those things we used to consider valuable - public services, decent housing, social support for people in crisis - are now unaffordable luxuries.[read more]

Top 10 Walking States in America

January 31, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Walking and the United States

Since states are composed of cities, which generally constitute the majority of a states’ population, it is significant that the states with the most walking have cities known for walkability. Indeed, the top three states, New York, California, and Washington, have some of the country’s most walkable cities.[read more]

Building 'Links in the Chain' of Food Innovation at California Baptist University

January 31, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Universities and Food Innovation

California Baptist University in Riverside, California is a vital part of Riverside’s local and sustainable food efforts through its Food Innovation Center. Part of the university’s Department of Health Sciences, the 4,000-square foot space provides extensive classroom, laboratory and kitchen space.[read more]

Building an Aquaponics Megafarm in Anaheim: A Q&A With Aaron Flora

January 29, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Anaheim Megafarm

Aaron Flora has worked on creating farms with Renewable Farms for years, but he just recently embarked on his biggest project to date, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign: a mega-aquaponics farm for the city of Anaheim, California that will double as a community training center.[read more]

How Competitions Were Used to Speed Up Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

January 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Policy Goals and Seeking Innovation

 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, “HUD didn’t want to move at the speed of government” in its effort to create more resilient coastal designs in New York and New Jersey, so it started a special competition to speed things up.[read more]

The Geography of Housing Affordability in Texas

January 21, 2015 by Jim Russell

Housing Geography in Texas

Within the policy geography of Texas, housing affordability is highly variant from city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood. And in Brooklyn, concerning the increase in residential price per square foot from 2004-2012, large swaths of the borough saw either decrease or stagnation. Don't believe the hype.[read more]