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Urban Planning

Sustainable Cities Are Where Human Potential Can Be Realized

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Steven Cohen

Economic, technological and cultural forces are moving people out of rural areas and into urban areas. Unfortunately, some of the urban places people are moving to are not only unsustainable, but they are not fit for human habitation.

Mary Brown, Organizer of Valencia Street Bike Lanes + Historian of Mission Architecture, Passed on 12/10/15

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 02.01.2016 | San Francisco
Tina Gerhardt

Mary Brown, Organizer of Valencia Street Bike Lanes + Historian of Mission Architecture, Passed on 12/10/15 - by Tina Gerhardt If you have biked down...

Come on Mr. Mayor, Leave the Central Park Carriage Horses Alone

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.01.2016 | New York
Steven Cohen

It is obvious that the mayor is trying to repay an old campaign debt to a group that supported him early in his quest for his current office.

Planning a 308-Acre Park for Raleigh

J. Michael Welton | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Breathtaking seems the best adjective for the 308-acre Dix property Raleigh recently acquired from the state of North Carolina for $52 million. The only aspect more breathtaking than its size, scope and beauty is how far-reaching a challenge this rolling, wooded landscape presents the city.

From Davos: Unleashing the Power of Nature in Cities

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.24.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

We need to unleash the power of nature to help make cities more resilient, livable and ultimately flourishing so both nature and people can thrive.

They've Invented An Ingenious New Type Of Intersection That Can Save Lives

Kinder Institute for Urban Research | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.21.2016 | Good News

It’s a struggle that’s longed plagued street designers: how do you make an intersection safe for cyclists? Cities have increasingly used ...

The High Line Continues to Alter the Streets of West Chelsea

Vincent Ugaro | Posted 01.14.2016 | New York
Vincent Ugaro

After 27 years in operation, La Lunchonette at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 18th Street in the recently minted West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhatta...

Urban Agriculture for One New York

Nevin Cohen | Posted 01.05.2016 | New York
Nevin Cohen

On December 12, 2014, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) issued a request for qualifications that offered-up more than 180 v...

Garbage: The Back End of the Renewable Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Just as economic development creates a demand for more energy and exacerbates the climate crisis, increased consumption results in more waste. With growing wealth we will see growing garbage.

Making Cities Better for Successful Aging

Linda P. Fried | Posted 11.05.2015 | Fifty
Linda P. Fried

With the vast majority of Americans living in urban settings, it's crucial -- for older Americans, for our nation's public health, and for the economics of healthcare -- that our cities be designed with an aging population in mind.

Breathing New Life Into Cities

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

In my children's lifetime, 75 percent of the world is going to be living in cities. That means that we run the risk that the vast majority of the world's citizens and future leaders could have very limited, if any, access to nature in their daily lives.

How to Leave a Legacy With Trees

Chuck Kellen | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Chuck Kellen

Lessons learned during our 500-mile cycling journey to support tree research with the STIHL Tour des Trees This year's 500-mile cycling event to ra...

Four Ways the Tech Boom Has Changed NYC's Real Estate Landscape

Aron Susman | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Aron Susman

To meet the influx of tech companies and their needs, tech hubs like New York City are rapidly changing. Here are four ways that tech companies are affecting NYC's real estate landscape.

How The Decline Of Cars Is Changing Cities For The Better

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business

Cars have ruled American cities for decades, with planners working to simplify driving and parking by routing freeways through downtowns, widening st...

Newark Must Invest More in Millennials

Rashawn Davis | Posted 10.15.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

There is an entire group of people in this city who are being left out of the decision making process. If we want to thrive, young people need to be apart of the conversation and apart of the decisions. We need to be talked to, not talked at. The future of our city, Newark depends on it.

Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Office That Builds Itself Is Like 'Minecraft Made Real'

Elyssa Pachico | Posted 09.30.2015 | Technology
Elyssa Pachico

Forget about moving desks or chairs around. The future of work space may be offices that assemble themselves.

Why Urban Trees Solve Most of Our Problems

Sierra | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Sierra

Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States. That's 3,659 square feet of urban forest per city dweller -- about the size of a not-so-modest four-bedroom house.

Beyond Tomorrow: Why Environmentalists Need to Get Beyond Instant Gratification

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

We who care deeply about nature and the environment need to articulate what a prosperous and a healthy planet will look like in 2050, and work backwards from there.

From Saudi Skyscrapers to Turkish Tunnels

Kurt Bock | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Kurt Bock

What will our cities look and sound like in the future? How can more and more people find living space and maintain quality of life? Do we have enough resources, such as water, electricity and clean air, for everyone?

Making Cities Thrive

Patrick L. Phillips | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Patrick L. Phillips

Urban planning and development has been and will be increasingly affected by the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels, extreme heat, drought and storms of greater intensity.

Surgeon General: Every Community Needs to Be Walkable

Jared Green | Posted 09.11.2015 | Green
Jared Green

We must build strong partnerships between the public health and medical communities on one side and the planning and design worlds on the other to make sure this nationwide shift back to walking gets planned, designed, and built.

How to Integrate a New BRT System With Existing Transport Modes

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In Caracas, public transport was described as uncomfortable, inadequate and disorganized. Local authorities decided to implement a national transportation plan with a BRT system, which opened in 2012. However, the lack of integration with traditional means including Jeeps, combis, minibuses and standard buses, made it less attractive the urban poor.

Chicago Is Not Broke -- Funding the City We Deserve

Tom Tresser | Posted 09.03.2015 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

I'd like to offer three pots of money available to the city that would wipe out that forecast deficit and replace it with a surplus.

A Sustainable City Would Continue to Keep Cars Out of Times Square

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

It's a good idea to figure out a way to make Times Square's public space a more positive and family-friendly environment. It's a good idea to look at the design and make it a more attractive space. It's a bad idea to force pedestrians back into traffic as they were in the bad old days before Times Square banned motor vehicles.