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Urban Development

How to enhance walkability

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.10.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau Walking makes citizens fully part of the city and of the urban space. As one article in the City Fix presented it, "Walking is ...

How Can The SDGs Help Us Survive The Anthropocene Epoch?

Sir Andy Haines | Posted 09.22.2016 | Green
Sir Andy Haines

The future of humanity will be shaped by urban development.

Shocking New Maps Show Mankind's Changing Global Footprint

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green

Human beings have altered the planet so dramatically and extensively, the scars of our ways can easily be seen from space. Today, three-quarters of ea...

Promising Initiatives that could change cities in 2016

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau As the year 2016 was beginning, a number of promising initiatives emerged that could change the face of cities. The trajectorie...

Why I'm Betting On Cities And Data

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Michael R. Bloomberg

How can cities rise to meet big new challenges -- and serve more and more people -- with resources that are always stretched thin? By finding smart ways to use a resource that is always growing: Data. And more and more cities are doing exactly that.

The UN wants sustainable urban development, but what does that look like?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From the shortlist of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations is considering, one goal calls for "inclusive, safe, resilient and susta...

WATCH: How Can We Make Our Cities Better?

Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative p...

New Survey Uncovers the Lure of the City

Jared Green | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Who needs peace and quiet when you have the run of the opera, street festivals, and sports games, something different every night? These numbers can certainly help smart urban leaders continue to make city life as compelling as possible.

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.

How Bicycling Improves City Life for Everyone

Jay Walljasper | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Jay Walljasper

You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.

Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.25.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

Discouraging new forms of entrepreneurism that threaten established businesses, is a classic form of government interference that affects many different industries in the urban marketplace.

Watch NYC Gentrify Right Before Your Eyes

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

New York City has always been changing. But recently, the city has seen a wave of luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and...

A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats: Alex's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Rising Tide Capital is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization that helps aspiring but financially limited entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses.

For Atlanta, Some Hard-Won Lessons from Jakarta

Christopher Silver, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Christopher Silver, Ph.D.

True, snow in Atlanta is a rare occurrence. Perhaps this isolated event exposes some fundamental flaws in how a quintessential American city operates.

The Rise of the Anchor Institution: Setting Standards for Success

Aaron Bartley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Aaron Bartley

Anchor institutions will only succeed in transforming communities and revolutionizing the way cities approach their developmental futures if they adopt high-road practices.

From Galaxy Street to Jerk Close: Addressing the Future of an Oil City

David Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

There are huge economic and business benefits to addresses, but the main initial purpose of the mapping and addressing is to ensure that the half-million residents of Sekondi-Takoradi can get appropriate and well-funded public services.

How Biometric Databases and Participatory Development Schemes Create Inclusive Cities

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In cities around the world, the question of who leads the urban planning process, and how it is conducted, is central to the creation of just cities.

If Your City Could Talk, What Would It Say?

Zia Yusuf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Zia Yusuf

Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They're moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice. Thanks to the Internet of Things, this is quickly changing.

Urban Change to Believe In

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 11.12.2013 | New York
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Every city is a web, a complex ecology in which all parts are interdependent. The old change tears holes in that web. Positive urban change keeps it all in balance. It's continued vibrancy depends on that balance.

New York's Newest Neighborhood - NoMad

Greg Jacobs | Posted 10.01.2013 | New York
Greg Jacobs

In the the ever-changing New York City real estate market, it appears that East Williamsburg is no longer the city's newest "neighborhood."

Tensions Ease Between A New Orleans Church And A Mall's Developers

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 13, 2013 edition.) Ground breaking for Magnolia Marketplace--a two-story mall on ...

Ciudad Saludable -- Teaching the Business of Recycling

Pro Journo | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

Albina Ruiz has the drive and focused energy of the ones who have fought for their vision to come true.

On Earth Day, Lessons Learned From a Ghanaian Slum

David Weiss | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
David Weiss

The urgency of Earth Day has changed. In 1970, when America celebrated its first Earth Day, hybrid cars and eco-friendly light bulbs weren't even ...

Peak Urbanization?

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

In emerging countries, urbanization rates are often used to measure relative stages of economic development. But might we be approaching the limits of the benefits of mass migration from farm to city?

Cock O' the Lots: Detroit's Residents Fight Back a Land Grab

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.19.2013 | Detroit
Eric Holt Gimenez

John Hantz may not be the last real estate speculator in Detroit, but he's decided the city is his yard. He won't stop grabbing at the city's empty lots until he owns them... or until he graces the supper table.