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Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

Aging Metropolitan Areas Ranked

Wendell Cox | Posted 10.20.2014 | HuffPost Home
Wendell Cox

The common thread among movers is aspiration --- seeking better lives. People move to places they can afford and where they can hope for a higher standard of living.

How Walkable Communities Are Good for Us

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
F. Kaid Benfield

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.

Mayor De Blasio's Bold Move: Putting Low Income Kids and Families First

Darell Hammond | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Darell Hammond

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the allocation of $130 million in taxpayer funds to repair 35 parks and playgrounds in low-incom...

Return to New York Provides Ample Reasons for Staying in Anchorage

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 10.17.2014 | New York
Alaska Dispatch News

Since settling here, I've adapted like I never lived in NYC. I get frustrated at (comparatively) dainty traffic jams on the Glenn Highway. Instead of ducking my head down, I make eye contact with people on the street.

Reinventing Our Downtowns

John M. Eger | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What we do in our schools is becoming a major topic for discussion. What we do in our communities, where most people and our kids spend the majority of their time, is just as important.

Beyond the UN, 'Sub-National' Players Emerge as New Climate Leaders

Clint Wilder | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

Next month, California's landmark carbon trading system will hold its first joint auction with the Canadian province of Quebec - and both are seeking additional states and provinces to join the system.

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

April Rinne | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
April Rinne

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impa...

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' Is What Cities Need

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

While Cassis is known as a fishing village turned touristic haven (and a departure point for dramatic rock faces above the Mediterranean and remarkable inlets along coast, a short distance from Marseille), this essay is hardly a travelogue.

Remembering the Human Scale in Walkable City Neighborhoods

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Have you ever noticed how those of us who promote walkable, "smart growth" city neighborhoods often choose historic districts to illustrate what we advocate?

Climate Change This Week: Solar Sunflower, Banks Bank on Clean Energy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 2, 2014 How unusua...

Your Opportunity to Secure our Future

Michael Wu | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Michael Wu

Take a look around the world. Everywhere you turn you'll find a geopolitical mess at the intersection of energy, climate change, and global security. After seeing decades of half-measures and halting negotiations, it's clear that solutions will have to be community-driven.

WATCH: Getting To Work: Improving Public Transportation For America's Workers, Employers And Economies

Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST. During this Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program event, panelists will discuss the specific transporta...

Report: Worldwide Investment in Transit Could Produce Massive Reduction in Carbon Pollution, Huge Financial Savings

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report.

The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.

WATCH: How Can We Make Our Cities Better?

Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative p...

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

New Survey Uncovers the Lure of the City

Jared Green | Posted 09.26.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Who needs peace and quiet when you have the run of the opera, street festivals, and sports games, something different every night? These numbers can certainly help smart urban leaders continue to make city life as compelling as possible.

How to Decode the Place Between Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.

Climate Summit: Creating Better and More Sustainable Cities

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

It's time to shift the paradigm on urban development. But this is only truly possible through strong leadership and real commitments to make the change a reality. Let's hope leaders seize the opportunities today to shape more sustainable, prosperous cities of the future.

Sustainable Communities in the Age of the Sound Bite

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Why should city planning matter to people who aren't urban designer types? How can you make the case as briefly and simply as possible?

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Here Are The Richest And Poorest Big Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business

Washington, D.C., rules everything, apparently: Median income of largest metros was highest in DC ($90,149) & San Francisco ($79,624) #ACSdata http...

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.