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What City Dwellers Want, and Why It Matters

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

    American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets.  We al...

Who Should Decide? States' Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

David Morris | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.

I Want to Visit Detroit Again, And Here's Why

Joah Spearman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Joah Spearman

I have spent a total of two days in Detroit, far too little time to assess whether or not any or all of those things are entirely accurate, but I can say without a doubt that I am excited to go back.

Cities 3.0: How Cities Are Driving The Revitalization Of Our Nation

Kevin Johnson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Kevin Johnson

Cities 3.0 mayors are not sitting on our hands, waiting for the feds or someone else to solve our problems. We're embracing good ideas no matter where they come from, innovating to provide better services and building strong economies for the global marketplace.

There Was a 'High Line' Before the Famous Elevated Park in NYC

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

New York's City's hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn't the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park.

This Is The Tour Of Barcelona You've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel

It is no secret that Barcelona is a vibrant international destination, but the city has never looked livelier -- or lovelier -- than it does in these ...

Human Rights: How a Thriller Feature Film and In-home Toilets Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Initiatives from Nairobi, Jakarta, Dhaka, and Mumbai provide solutions to issues ranging from discrimination against refugees to lack of access to sanitation. These solutions raise awareness and provide much-needed services for vulnerable communities.

Ten Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Green buildings are mainstream now, and green infrastructure is advancing. Indeed, some progressive institutions believe it is time to begin installing "net-positive" buildings that produce more sustainable energy and water than they consume, and that generate no net waste.

The World's Best Waterfront Cities

Fodor's | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Fodor's

In most large cities around the world, waterways are the norm, not the exception--but some places capitalize on their location more than others. These...

'People's Garden' Will Bring Sustainability Showcase to DC's National Mall

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next 15 years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington.

Walkable Cities Are Both Richer And Smarter

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 06.20.2014 | Business

Walkable cities aren't just easy to navigate -- they're also richer and have higher percentages of college grads, according to a new study. The new...

What Factors Make a City Great?

Localeur | Posted 06.19.2014 | Travel
Localeur

At Localeur, we've discovered some leading indicators on what is important in making a city great through the eyes of a millennial traveler, and these attributes can be applied to any city in the world.

Who's Your Megacity? The 21st Century Metropolis

Robert Moran | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Moran

Aside from global aging, one of the greatest global trends in 21st century life is urbanization. America industrialized and urbanized in the late 19th century and early 20th and then pioneered suburbanization. But, globally the story is very different. The world is urbanizing rapidly.

Taking the Creative and Economic Pulse of the City

John M. Eger | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

At a time when creativity and innovation have become key indicators of success in the new knowledge based economy, the look and feel of our cities is a vitally important measure of how a city sees itself, and how well it is meeting the challenges of a very new age.

Cities and the Cult of the Entrepreneur

Ida Hempel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Technology
Ida Hempel

Silicon Valley grew out the convergence of several successes over several decades. Time and chance will tell which efforts will boom and which will bust.

How Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City's Zuccotti Park

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Monday, Seattle struck a blow against rising inequality when its City Council unanimously adopted a citywide minimum wage of $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. This dramatic change in public policy is partly the result of changes brought about by last November's Seattle municipal elections. But it is also the consequence of years of activism in Seattle and around the country.

Fighting Climate Change With Sensible City Planning

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.05.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Here in the US, we're going to be growing, and growing a lot: How we manage that growth will affect everything from how healthy our economy will be to how nourished and happy we will be as people to, yes, how healthy the future of our planet is.

Going Green With Catie Marron

Rana Florida | Posted 06.05.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

"I think the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the High Line is a great example of the value of creative thinking in designing public spaces. So many cities in the world now want to create their own High Lines and are thinking about abandoned spaces in a new way."

An Urban Agenda at the United Nations (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Rana Florida

This increase in population growth brings several challenges; cities must plan for increased demand for services: energy, food and water, transportation, housing, land, health, education and much more

Kate Sheppard

Meet One Republican Who's Happy About Obama's New Climate Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Last November, President Barack Obama formed a task force of state and local elected officials to advise his administration how local ...

Funneling Funding in to Resilience

Shalini Vajjhala | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Shalini Vajjhala

On Friday, May 16th, I was in Washington, D.C., during a torrential downpour. Flash flood warnings stretched from Virginia, across Washington and out ...

We Have to Drive Tech Innovation to Drive Social Mobility

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Technology innovation can help drive social mobility. But that doesn't happen in a vacuum. Real choices about resources, regulations, access -- and even what we define as innovative -- help or hinder.

Unusual Spaces, Unusual Characters

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Raymond Schillinger

Over the course of producing Unusual Spaces, I've encountered a recurring theme: Behind each fascinating unusual space, there are equally fascinating unusual people who have taken up their cause. Case in point: Paul VanMeter.

In Praise of the Great American Main Street

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others remain thriving to this day. Why? A lot of it has to do with the towns and cities in which they are located, of course; it's hard to have a well-functioning Main Street in a down-and-out community. But there are also elements of design and context that matter.

A Message to the City Builders of Tomorrow

Richard Florida | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Richard Florida

"I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you this, but do what you love. You'll always need to make a living, but if you want to be happy -- if for that matter, you want to be successful -- money should never be your biggest goal."