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A Seat at the Table: Demanding a Voice in Development

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Across the Global South, there is a slowly growing understanding that nobody can know the challenges and needs of the urban poor better than the urban poor themselves.

How the Blind Navigate Cities

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Jared Green

The blind are far from a monolithic group. There are those who are congenitally blind, meaning they had no eye sight at birth, and then there are those who became blind later in life.

8 Of The World's Most Beautiful Abandoned Cities

Supercompressor | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Supercompressor

If you've seen any zombie movies, you know how haunting an abandoned, once-thriving city can be. But despite the ruin and overgrowth, there's also a flicker of beauty that shines through the silent emptiness.

44 Ways to Make It Work: Secrets of Successful Cities

Alexander Shermansong | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Alexander Shermansong

Representatives from 44 cities gathered in Miami last week. Why were so many cities, ranging from the bucolic to the megalopolis, gathered together?

Neighborhoods: Stepping Stones or Millstones for Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape.

The Key to Humanity's Future? Asian Cities

John Rossant | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
John Rossant

The rise of cities in Asia will go on to define the world as we know it. Therefore, it is essential for city leaders in these areas of rapid urban growth to take active measures to curb and solve problems, because if these problems are not addressed now, they will only worsen in the future.

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly ajorbahman.blog...

How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The smart growth characteristics of these older neighborhoods make them terrific for the environment and for public health: they reduce transportation emissions by obviating driving trips and shortening those that people do take; they save land by keeping development compact and obviating additional increments of sprawl; they promote physical fitness and health with walkability.

The Internet of Everything Empowers Cities as Never Before

John M. Eger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Let's be frank. The strength of America's economy and as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked. Cities -- not the Federal government -- are best positioned to renew and reinvent America for the new, global, knowledge-based economy.

Choosing a Mayor May Be More Important Than Choosing a President

John M. Eger | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Let's be frank. The strength of America's economy and as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked. Cities -- not the Federal government -- are best positioned to renew and reinvent America for the new, global, knowledge-based economy.

Stronger United: Workers' Unions Across the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the working poor, unions can provide a structure for voicing grievances and a collective power for bringing about change, often in the face of resistance. In this article, we travel from Mumbai and Bangalore to Tehran and Ho Chi Minh City to explore some of the struggles waged by unions to demand the rights of their members.

24 Hours in Greenville, SC

Shoptiques | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Shoptiques

Restaurants and shops thrive in a downtown area that Forbes calls one of America's Best Downtowns. The perfect starting point to see for yourself is at Augusta Twenty, recognized by ELLE magazine as one of the top 50 boutiques in the country.

The 10 Most Visited Cities Of 2015

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 06.24.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Every year, MasterCard puts together its Global Destination Cities Index, which tracks airline ticket purchases, souvenir purchases, and other travel spending data to figure out which cities are the most popular with tourists. Here's 2015's list.

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Overlooked Cities in Europe to Add to Your Travel List

College Tourist | Posted 06.19.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

We've all dreamed of going to the most photographed cities in Europe like Paris, London, Prague, Venice, and Rome (guilty as charged), but the truth is that the European continent has so many hidden gems that are equally worth a visit.

It's a Trend: More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.18.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

For those places that are coming back, or as in the case of Dublin being made more walkable, the environment especially will benefit as car trips can become shorter and, in many cases, can be replaced by transit and walking trips. We will also need fewer intrusions on undeveloped watersheds and the rural countryside. And, besides, walkable places are good for our health, too.

Father's Day: Remembering the LIFE of a Dad Who Died Young

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Peter Mandel

When someone says the word "bravery" out loud it sounds like it's from a book on noblemen or knights. I can almost hear the clank of sword on shield. Call it medieval if you want, but I believe in trying to be brave.

Climate Change This Week: The Melting Ice Connection, Sharing Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. "Yoda" Bat Is Threatened from climate change and climate changing activities like ...

How In-Town Development Produces Less Traffic Than You Might Think

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The standard forecasts used throughout the transportation industry do not consider the kinds of walkable, mixed-use environments found often in city neighborhoods. As a result, the forecasts typically overestimate the amount of traffic likely to be associated with much urban development. That's a problem for proponents of urban development alternatives to suburban sprawl.

The Most Underrated Tourist Attraction In All 50 States

Supercompressor | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Supercompressor

There's nothing wrong with going full tourist when you're visiting a new state--you'd be blowing it if you didn't make time for a trip to The Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate.

Lessons From Other Cities at Detroit's Global City Forum

Rana Florida | Posted 06.10.2015 | Detroit
Rana Florida

It's a fact of life: cities rise and cities decline. While the largest can hold their dominance for a very long time, second- and third-tier cities come and go.

The Devolution Revolution

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

A governance revolution is underway, founded on the irresistible rise of cities and the ongoing decline of sovereign nation states. That revolution is already evident in countries from Italy and France to China and the United States and opens a chapter in the history of democracy in which public power is localized but not privatized and thus made more, rather than less, democratic.

The Heyday of America's Cross-Sector Partnerships

Jeremy M. Goldberg | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Jeremy M. Goldberg

Programs such as these give young people skills and experience that will last a lifetime, and even an opportunity to own the very homes they revive.

Climate Change This Week: Solar-Plus Storage Push, Water and Energy Collide, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Which is more important to Americans - water, or hydro-power?

Greening Our Streets

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

While enabling cars to move around is not unimportant, I applaud those leaders who are also directing our attention -- and the attention of public departments of transportation -- back to people, to streets as not just conveyances but also destinations, places to linger on foot, as places of beauty, as places whose look and feel greatly define what it means to be in a particular community, why one city differs from another.