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Urban Planning

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

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.

Boston Just Hired An Executive To Combat Stress In Poor Neighborhoods

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business

Atyia Martin wanted to make Boston stronger. For the last four years, she tried to do that by running the Boston Public Health Commission's ...

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 08.31.2015 | 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.