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Earth Day 2014

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.18.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that "saving the planet" is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on the central idea it represents even for a few minutes, it's worth it, right?

Harnessing Government Technology for Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

It's no surprise that technology has changed how people interact and redefined our notion of community. What you may not know is the extent to which g...

People, Investment Continue to Flow to Core Cities Faster Than to Suburbs

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside.

This Is The Next Generation Of Global Cities

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

Cities in lower-income countries are rapidly catching up with the world's top business capitals, according to a new report. Chicago-based consulti...

Simple Solutions to Serious Problems

Rana Florida | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Rana Florida

It is a mindset -- nimble, adaptive, and outside-the-universe -- that has transformed an entire city, shifting Medellin, Colombia's status from the 'World's Most Dangerous City' to the 'World's Most Innovative City.'

Sustainable Neighborhood Revitalization, From Within

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 04.11.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Sustainable neighborhoods are the building blocks of sustainable cities. Neighborhoods are where development decisions are made and where increments of change -- whether good or bad -- actually take place, as well as where residents and workers experience the city environment on an everyday basis.

U.S. Map of Failed State Partition Proposals -- Welcome to Forgottonia

Madison Bondi | Posted 04.10.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I don't know about you, but I'm glad that these state proposals failed, because let's be honest: Who would want to live in a state called, "Forgottonia"?

World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities

Manish Bapna | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Manish Bapna

The reality is that well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed poorly -- with too much sprawl, waste, and inefficiency -- they can divide cities and exacerbate pollution, inequality, and political instability.

Mapping Technologies for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Mapping people, places, and characteristics of urban spaces is essential for understanding cities and their residents in the Global South, and data visualization is crucial for development interventions.

The Top 10 Cities For Meeting Men Who Still Live With Their Parents

Reductress | Posted 04.07.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

Are you a smart, independent woman looking for a man to nurture, love, and treat like a son? Take a trip and explore these cities to find a man that will never grow up!

The Bottom-Line Patterns of Urban Street Design

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A recent collaboration suggests that we should explicitly recognize historic patterns of pedestrian city settings in contemporary urban design and pol...

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

From Ideas to Action: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity

Ben Hecht | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

By accelerating the ability of cities to adapt and grow, we will accelerate our nation's economic growth and competitiveness.

4 Things Toffler Got Wrong -- And Why it Matters Today

Richard Koch | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Even the best futurologists get certain key things wrong. Looking back, their mistakes are more revealing than what they got right. They teach us above all the continuity of human experience -- and paradoxically they highlight the enormous force of the things that do change.

Targeting the Place-Receiving in Placemaking, and Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In the end, we should focus more on place-receivers as the most authentic stakeholders of meaning in the urban experience. If people cannot place-receive with a sense of acceptance and inspiration, placemaking may mean very little indeed.

Creative Age Cities

John M. Eger | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What makes people creative and innovative is still being debated. Clearly our schools and the educational curriculum must change. But what too, about the communities where young people spend more than half their lives and where their families, friends and fellow citizens live and work. Communities, indeed whole cities, need to reinvent themselves.

Reimagining Cities

John M. Eger | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John M. Eger

According to the New Cities Foundation, a new independent non-profit with offices in Geneva and Paris: " Over the next decade, some $ 250 billion wil...

Why Cities Are Smarter

Lance Hosey | Posted 03.06.2014 | Green
Lance Hosey

Urbanization is happening rapidly. Globally today, for the first time ever, more people live in cities than anywhere else.

Why Urban History Matters

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.06.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Going forward, let's not discount the influence of history's recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

Sorry Neil, Rust Does, In Fact, Sleep

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 02.28.2014 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

The city, like the self, is constantly evolving, and the "right" to the city moves with it. The key is to find a sweet spot between too much circulation and too little.

FCC Can Free the Cities

John M. Eger | Posted 02.23.2014 | Technology
John M. Eger

Most cities, therefore, already subsidized in some small way by a cable franchise or largesse of the local telephone monopoly -- are afraid to act or simply unaware of the stakes. This new thinking on the part of the FCC could free the cities.

Income Inequality Is Even Worse In Big Cities: Study

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business

There are lots of great things about living in a big city, but there are downsides, too, like garbage mountains, bottomless potholes and a yawning gul...

These Four Cities Are Making Youth Empowerment A Priority

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A pressing question for many cities is how to create the right educational, social, and economic opportunities for young people so that they gain the tools to build strong foundations for adulthood.

Clogged Metropolitan Arteries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Besides the negative effects on the wellbeing of their populations associated with traffic congestion and time spent on transportation, the latter mean economic losses in terms of waste of human and material resources.

From Bangalore to São Paulo: How Five Cities Are Tackling the Problem of Toxic Waste

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Many substances -- including electronic waste -- pose all sorts of dangers to the health of individuals and the environment.