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Open the Door to an Inclusive NYC

Mark Levine | Posted 08.15.2014 | New York
Mark Levine

At its best, New York City is a place where people from all walks of life live together and interact with each other. But a new residential tower rising on Manhattan's west side tears at that tradition.

Pink Pipes Are Blocking Berlin Apartments -- And They're Totally Wild

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 07.21.2014 | HuffPost Home

Only in Berlin can you wake up, walk to your window, draw the curtains and be greeted by none other than some hot pink historic piping... ...

In Control Ben Kallos Attacks Out of Control Trash Plan

Matthew Chapman | Posted 05.24.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The trash plan itself is already archaic. This particular part of it is a disaster. For reasons that no one quite understands, de Blasio has not yet sent it the way of stop and frisk, although he or the next mayor will eventually have to.

For Atlanta, Some Hard-Won Lessons from Jakarta

Christopher Silver, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Christopher Silver, Ph.D.

True, snow in Atlanta is a rare occurrence. Perhaps this isolated event exposes some fundamental flaws in how a quintessential American city operates.

The Streets of Miami: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (PHOTOS)

Marianne Cusato | Posted 03.30.2014 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

Great streets make great places. Lousy streets result in clogged traffic and lower property values. While street design feels like a technical matter ...

Bloomberg Is Going to Teach Other Cities What?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

If New York is so happy with Bloomberg, why did it just elect someone who is his polar opposite, a tall lefty? The truth is that despite pumping his own money into the system, Bloomberg has done a merely adequate job.

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

All Aboard! Abandoned Railroad Tracks Gain New Life as Green Trails

Adrian Benepe | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities large and small across the nation, there are efforts to transform abandoned rail lines, including some that are elevated or even below street level, into parks and trails.

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Rebirth of America's Urban Parks Is Spurred by Citizen Involvement, So Why Is It Under Attack?

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The renaissance of urban parks -- and the attendant strengthening of cities -- is at a crossroads. The public sector, from Washington to the state houses to the mayors' offices, must provide adequate public funding for parks.

Searching for an Old City in Medellin, Colombia

Elyssa Pachico | Posted 05.27.2013 | Travel
Elyssa Pachico

"All the romantic relationships in Robledo revolved around El Jordan thanks to that jukebox," says Margarita Velez, age 72, who has spent nearly her entire life in the neighborhood.

New Orleans Considers Tearing Down Claiborne Expressway

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 25, 2013 edition.) New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus ...

The Key to Humanity's Survival Is 'Multidisciplinary'

Tinia Pina | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

As cities begin to swell, each space will need to be evaluated on its purpose, design, integration of the natural habitat, sustainability and ability to aid in a city's overall resilience.

New Orleans Considers Removing Its Claiborne Overpass

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 17, 2012 edition.) No matter where you live in New Orleans, sooner or later you'll ...

Natural Solutions Are Part of the Solution to Sandy's Challenges

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Mark Tercek

If there is a silver lining to the storm, it is the discussion it has sparked around the vulnerability of our infrastructure and the need to re-build it better. Nature is changing the game. Will we build smartly or fail to seize the opportunities that more resilient "natural" infrastructure present?

Dead End on Shakin' Street

Thomas Frank | Posted 09.18.2012 | Home
Thomas Frank

Every city is either vibrant these days or is working on a plan to attain vibrancy soon. The reason is simple: a city isn't successful -- isn't even a city, really -- unless it can lay claim to being "vibrant."

Lucas Kavner

Urban Planning For The Social Networking Age

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.04.2012 | Home

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science have developed a program they're calling Livehoods, which organizes "check-ins" from the p...

How To Save Suburbia

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.02.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk Click here for original article. Copyright Flickr User CC tango_28 Poverty and violence, boarded windows and weedy lawns...

Parking in Detroit Is Fascinating

Toby Barlow | Posted 06.30.2012 | Detroit
Toby Barlow

Less than a year ago, Detroit extended the hours of downtown parking enforcement till 10 pm. Making parking onerous and expensive is a great way to send people looking for a free, open space off where they know they can find one.

PHOTOS: Move To An Entire IKEA City!

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business

Do you ever dream of an entire city filled with Swedish meatballs and do-it-yourself furniture? That dream could soon be a reality. IKEA, the Swed...

Let's Talk: Democracy Depends on Civility

Jennifer Gennari | Posted 04.02.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Gennari

These days, self-government is under assault. Unfortunately, a minority faction is overtaking town halls around the nation and suppressing any discussion at all. In the Bay Area the problem is particularly acute.

LOOK: 8 Urban Planning Designs For The Future Of NYC

Posted 12.15.2011 | New York

Earlier this year we marked the 200th anniversary of the Manhattan grid plan, that easy-to-navigate layout of streets and avenues that gives us Manhat...

City Shaping III: The Philadelphia Story

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.13.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

For more than three centuries, city planning, landscape architecture and a unique civic ambition that emphasizes horticulture as much as the pedestrian experience in its public spaces and streetscapes, have made Philadelphia a fascinating city.

Bangkok Underground: How to Prepare for a Flood

Susanna Murley | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Bangkok is a city that has been dealing with flooding for hundreds of years. It's built on water. As the city has modernized, and its people moved on land, flooding has become more of an issue.

Moscow To Double In Size Over 20 Years

Posted 09.13.2011 | World

Moscow officials have approved an ambitious plan to more than double the Russian capital's size in an effort to alleviate the city's chronic overcrowd...