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Urban Mining

Peter Neill | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Just as we have learned to recycle paper, glass, iron, steel, even water, we must now also learn to recover these new elements as well, mine their density and availability, and invent a new conduct toward sustaining the value of these most precious metals already in hand.

Leap Forward: Why We Need to Think Bigger on Climate Resilience

Jeremy Hays | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Jeremy Hays

So far, the conversation on climate resilience has been too narrow. It often overlooks some of the key components that have proven to make the difference in how a community survives a heat wave, a flood, a fire, or a hurricane.

Here's How Moving To The City Can Make You Calmer, Happier And More Connected

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Here's the classic trope: Nerves shot and pockets drained, a city stress case heads for the hills. Maybe she leaves a hip city enclave for the equally...

Micro-Apartments Unhealthy? Quite the Opposite

Ron Barth | Posted 03.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Ron Barth

Micro-units are being created to fill a real and growing demand for them due to housing crises that exist in most thriving cities -- and personal lifestyle preferences.

This Is One of America's Most Violent Cities -- But That's Only Half the Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.10.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

I was thrilled to meet Joel Rash, a 47-year-old Flint native and entrepreneur, and learn about his experience living in one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

What Kind of New York City Do We Want?

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Steven Cohen

The main characteristics of New York City are its diversity, dynamism, sense of opportunity and endless possibility. New York is a mixture of old and new; of pre- and post-industrial; of old people and young people. That has not changed and will probably never change.

WATCH: The New Must-Have For Urban Living

Posted 11.08.2013 | HuffPost Home

Urban living has its perks, but rarely (if ever) is noise mentioned among them. Until now, heavy curtains or pricey soundproof windows have been th...

Snag! Why Keep That Dead Tree in Your Yard?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Mark Hostetler

A "hard" outside with a soft inside is ideal for cavity-nesting birds. You can even "plant" a downed tree in the yard to provide a snag for species.

Cities and the Environment

David S. Beckman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
David S. Beckman

With billions headed for urban centers in the decades to come, and with cities already home to a majority of the earth's population, the future of cities and our environment are inextricably connected.

6 Surprising Ways City Life Affects You

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

It gets under your skin and goes to your head. And we're not just talking about the stress. (But it's not all bad news.) By Jena Pincott It May ...

How Art Helps Slum Residents in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A number of impressive initiatives across the global south are using art to empower marginalized communities. Whether it is through museums in Rio de Janeiro or film production in Nairobi, several projects are giving the poor a voice.

Which Son Needs Money More? The Decisions of a Low-Income Working Mother

Judith Sandalow | Posted 11.09.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Much of the rhetoric around budget cuts suggests that lawmakers make tough decisions, but to me Ms. P's decision about how to spend her last $50 is one of the toughest I can imagine.

Detroit, General Motors and the American Dream

Steven Conn | Posted 09.29.2013 | Detroit
Steven Conn

The city that built cars was also built by and for the car, and that legacy may prove the biggest obstacle to creating a post-automobile future.

An East Side Story (Photos)

Rog Walker | Posted 09.28.2013 | New York
Rog Walker

It's the classic image of a bustling New York. Packed downtown areas littered with suits and the oblivious tourist. On the Lower East side, however, a different story is being told.

City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Whose Carbon Footprint Is Bigger?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

City life can be stressful at times and expensive always, but at least you can take solace in having a small carbon footprint. Tiny apartments to heat and cool, no driving -- of course you're not using as many resources as your suburban and rural brethren! But a new study suggests that urbanites shouldn't be quite so smug.

American Scenes: Riding The Trolley In St. Petersburg, Florida

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.11.2013 | Travel
Paul Stoller

Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is breathtakingly beautiful. The sweep of earth-toned buildings many of which are inspired by the domes and arches of classic Spanish architecture, contrasts stunningly with the curve of the Tampa Bay waterfront.

4 Ways Cities Should Be Adapting to Change

Ben Hecht | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Living Cities found that municipal fiscal strain, inadequate infrastructure, poor educational outcomes, a skills/job mismatch and a struggling housing market, will be defining urban issues for years to come. I thought it would be helpful to highlight the four key ways that cities need to adapt.

4 Microfinance Solutions For Slum Dwellers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.08.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Microfinance -- the provision of credit and other financial services to micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses that lack access to mainstream bankin...

Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs EXCERPT

Eric W. Sanderson | Posted 08.04.2013 | Green
Eric W. Sanderson

Car companies, rubber companies, oil companies, and their advertisers saturate the landscape with the useful myth: Americans wouldn't be American if we didn't drive. Our chariots of freedom chain us to the politics, economics, and perils of oil.

Suggestions for Seniors Graduating from College By Daniel R. Schwarz

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 11.07.2014 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Suggestions for Seniors Graduating from College By Daniel R. Schwarz Last August I published a Huffington blog, "Ten Suggestions for Incoming Freshm...

The Need for 100 New Buffetts, Rockefellers, and Gates'

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Erik Rasmussen

This meeting could signal a new beginning. Currently, the future of the world is stuck in no man's land -- who has the responsibility to find the necessary solutions to the world's growing challenges?

5 Elements That Could Fix What Ails America's Cities

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Systems in the U.S. that we always thought were going to produce more opportunities for the next generation than they did for the last no longer do so. Many believe that our ability to solve complex problems and make hard choices is broken.

Shooting Uganda: Goats of Hope

Jeroen Swolfs | Posted 06.22.2013 | Travel
Jeroen Swolfs

The Goats of Hope project provides children who are HIV/ AIDS infected or affected with a goat, thereby empowering them and helping them build up a life for themselves

How Ravi Shankar Helped Cincinnati's Urban Revival

Steven Rosen | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Steven Rosen

When Ravi Shankar died in December at age 92, Jim Tarbell's thoughts turned to when he brought the great Indian classical musician to Cincinnati's historic -- and endangered -- St. Paul Church in the urban, downtown-adjacent Pendleton District.

From the Block to the Pulpit: Shot Callers in the Hood

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 04.03.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Who's calling the shots on your block to save the lives of children and the community? What can you do to be known as a shot caller for change?