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Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts & Chills, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 22, 2014 How unus...

Why Detroit Has Captured the American Imagination

Laura Hogikyan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Detroit
Laura Hogikyan

I believe it is Detroit's dramatic narrative that has allowed it to capture the American consciousness where other cities have not. People are consistently attracted to New York or Boston for its infinite opportunity and excitement.

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure -- yet somehow enhance -- the reality of place.

America's Top Young Adult Workforces: A Rust Belt Rebirth?

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Richey Piiparinen

I know, people tend to take the current state of a region and erroneously think it's been that way forever, or that it will stay that way forever. But the vitality of urban areas are fluid -- prone to decline and rebirth, just like everything else.

Climate Change This Week: Stormy Constipation, Solar Utility Comeback, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

New Video Provides An Eye-Opening Window Into North Korea

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.12.2014 | World

With the abundance of technology available today, it's possible to explore the world's most exotic locations right from our computer screens. However,...

Chicago Celebrates Women Building Change

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

"Women Building Change," an exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, aims to do exactly that by highlighting outstanding works by female architects living and working in the city of Chicago.

5 Reasons Why Sports Matter in American Cities

Localeur | Posted 08.11.2014 | Travel
Localeur

With football season nearly here and Major League Baseball approaching the dog days of summer, it's the perfect time to consider the overall importance of sports and what they mean to a city. What makes a city primed for sports relevancy?

Climate Change This Week: Mega Methane, Tidal Power, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014 How unusua...

Looking Behind the Common Sense Elements of City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Last month, in Moustiers Sainte Marie, France, I watched several shopkeepers return a lost young bird to a part of town closer to its natural habitat. This small drama was a play of few acts, but reflected a pattern of human conduct embedded in urban life.

Climate Change This Week: The Jet Stream Run Amok, Cheap Wind and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

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 also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much.

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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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.