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Urban Planning

Youth as Engines of Change

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For cities across the Global South with rapidly-growing populations, youth are widely seen as holding the keys to the future. At the same time, however, they typically face higher rates of unemployment than the rest of the population.

As Cities Evolve, 'Access' Is About More Than Cars

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods once spoke the language of exit ramps, street widening and parking adequacy. Now, different conversations, and varied imagery, create diverse story lines, where urban policy and citizen activism converge.

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

Using Urban Universals to Frame City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The two photographs below say both simple and remarkable things about how urban residents interact with each other, and the streets around them.

How Urban Design Impacts Our Psyche

Fast Company | Diana Budds | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

From a distance Cirkelbroen (circle bridge) on Christianshavns canal in Copenhagen, Denmark, takes on the guise of illuminated ships. Created by artis...

Proudly Small: The Frugal City

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Forget the smart cities full of technologies and monitoring: let's live in frugal cities.

The Cost of Moving to the 'Burbs'

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ehsan Zaffar

One of the lasting inequities of gentrification is the increasing unaffordability of urban centers.

Nana's Gonna Spruce Up the 'Hood

Greg Schwem | Posted 06.05.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Dad's been gone over a year now. It was time to sit down with Mom and have that uncomfortable but necessary conversation about moving on. I started with simple suggestions.

The Time To Save Our NYC Parks Is Now

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 06.04.2015 | New York
Mark Ruffalo

What makes a park a park? Ordinarily, that might be a question for a New York dinner party. Today, it is an urgent legal question before the New York Court of Appeals. As a Villager, I'm naturally concerned that any of our local parks could be wiped out to make way for more construction. Overall, our city is park-starved.

Perspectives on Millennials and the City

Wendell Cox | Posted 06.03.2015 | HuffPost Home
Wendell Cox

Millennials are a larger share of the total population in the downtown or Central Business District (CBD) than elsewhere in the city. In 2011, millennials represented 24.4 percent of the CBD population.

Say It Ain't So! HCDA Says NO to Affordable Rentals

Powell Berger | Posted 06.01.2015 | Hawaii
Powell Berger

When HCDA, the planning oversight organization in charge of the future of Honolulu's urban core, denied the Howard Hughes request to convert a planned building from condos-for-sale to rental units, the HCDA said no.

Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Q&A With Urban Expert Pascal Mittermaier

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Making cities more sustainable isn't just good for nature -- it's good for people, too, of course. That's a concept Pascal Mittermaier, the Nature Conservancy's new Global Managing Director of Cities, believes can transform how leaders incorporate nature into urban planning.

Most Bikeable Cities of 2015

Redfin | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Redfin

Thanks to investments in infrastructure such as protected bike lanes and networks of bike paths, several cities saw big increases in their Bike Scores since the 2013 ranking. On average, cities that ranked in the top 20 saw an increase of more than two Bike Score points.

Canada's Middle-Income Housing Affordability Crisis

Wendell Cox | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Wendell Cox

Canada faces a housing affordability crisis. In a number of cities, housing has become so expensive that many middle income households can no longer afford to buy a house. This is not good for people, households or the nation as a whole.

10 Cities That Are Shaping The Future Of Urban Living

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

Cities are frequently at the front line of innovation when it comes to addressing the changing problems of urban life. Plans to combat climate change,...

Two Birds With One Stone: Transforming Waste Into Biofuel

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Around the global south, cities struggle to provide electricity and energy to all their residents, and unsurprisingly, the poorest residents are most likely to remain disconnected from formal power systems. Many of the same cities also face an immense garbage challenge: what to do with overwhelming amounts of unsanitary and even toxic waste.

Actors Equity Lowers Curtain on Piece of L.A. Civic Culture

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.25.2015 | Los Angeles
Josh Stephens

By most accounts, urban planners don't need to pay much mind to the policies of stage actors unions. It's the rare city in which theaters have much of an impact on the built environment.

Formally Mapping Informality

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

One of the most valuable results of mapping informal settlements is highlighting that many self-built houses in the settlements are just as old as the city's first skyscrapers.

The Worst-Designed Cities In The World

Thrillist | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

From sky-scraping metropoles to up-and-coming centers breaking the "large town" mold, cities come in all shapes and sizes. But with that diversity comes one simple truth: no city is perfect.

The 9 Worst-Designed Cities in the World

Thrillist | Posted 06.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Thrillist

By: Gianni Jaccoma Credit: Shutterstock.com From sky-scraping metropoles to up-and-coming centers breaking the "large town" mold, cities come in al...

Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

I can't think of a better time to review Jared Green's inspiring new book, Designed for the Future, than the week of Earth Day.

Environmental Education: Deep in the Heart of the City

Ben Klasky | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Ben Klasky

If the Environmental Education movement is going to continue to remain relevant, we must evolve with our rapidly changing world. According to the U.S. Census, 80 percent of the U.S. population already lives in urban areas.

Urban Edges and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's urbanist may also see a future gondola station, a walkable destination, or the potential for sustaining natural pockets amid the built environment.  But what compels such vision? I'll take a leap of faith here, in order to put a modern gloss on the human imagination that conceived the edge of the earth in Italy, long ago.

How Thoughtful Street Design Is Helping Communities and the Economy

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

In the end, Safer Streets, Stronger Economies is less a scientific study than a compilation of available (and, to a great extent, differing) data from a limited range of case studies. To my mind, it is far from conclusive.

Using Urban Observation to "Ghost-Bust" Cities

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I saw a ghost, of a missing building from a boyhood memory -- something that Amazon might have retrofitted, today, if it were still there for the taking.