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Urban Development

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.

How Bicycling Improves City Life for Everyone

Jay Walljasper | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Jay Walljasper

You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.

Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.25.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

Discouraging new forms of entrepreneurism that threaten established businesses, is a classic form of government interference that affects many different industries in the urban marketplace.

Watch NYC Gentrify Right Before Your Eyes

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

New York City has always been changing. But recently, the city has seen a wave of luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and...

A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats: Alex's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Rising Tide Capital is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization that helps aspiring but financially limited entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses.

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 Rise of the Anchor Institution: Setting Standards for Success

Aaron Bartley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Aaron Bartley

Anchor institutions will only succeed in transforming communities and revolutionizing the way cities approach their developmental futures if they adopt high-road practices.

From Galaxy Street to Jerk Close: Addressing the Future of an Oil City

David Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

There are huge economic and business benefits to addresses, but the main initial purpose of the mapping and addressing is to ensure that the half-million residents of Sekondi-Takoradi can get appropriate and well-funded public services.

How Biometric Databases and Participatory Development Schemes Create Inclusive Cities

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In cities around the world, the question of who leads the urban planning process, and how it is conducted, is central to the creation of just cities.

If Your City Could Talk, What Would It Say?

Zia Yusuf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Zia Yusuf

Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They're moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice. Thanks to the Internet of Things, this is quickly changing.

Urban Change to Believe In

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 11.12.2013 | New York
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Every city is a web, a complex ecology in which all parts are interdependent. The old change tears holes in that web. Positive urban change keeps it all in balance. It's continued vibrancy depends on that balance.

New York's Newest Neighborhood - NoMad

Greg Jacobs | Posted 10.01.2013 | New York
Greg Jacobs

In the the ever-changing New York City real estate market, it appears that East Williamsburg is no longer the city's newest "neighborhood."

Tensions Ease Between A New Orleans Church And A Mall's Developers

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 13, 2013 edition.) Ground breaking for Magnolia Marketplace--a two-story mall on ...

Ciudad Saludable -- Teaching the Business of Recycling

Student Reporter | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

Albina Ruiz has the drive and focused energy of the ones who have fought for their vision to come true.

On Earth Day, Lessons Learned From a Ghanaian Slum

David Weiss | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
David Weiss

The urgency of Earth Day has changed. In 1970, when America celebrated its first Earth Day, hybrid cars and eco-friendly light bulbs weren't even ...

Peak Urbanization?

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

In emerging countries, urbanization rates are often used to measure relative stages of economic development. But might we be approaching the limits of the benefits of mass migration from farm to city?

Cock O' the Lots: Detroit's Residents Fight Back a Land Grab

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.19.2013 | Detroit
Eric Holt Gimenez

John Hantz may not be the last real estate speculator in Detroit, but he's decided the city is his yard. He won't stop grabbing at the city's empty lots until he owns them... or until he graces the supper table.

New Orleans Hospital Projects Marred By Transmission Lines

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A plan several years ago to bury transmission and other power lines at the University Medical Center and Veterans Affairs hospital in BioDistrict New Orleans, where both complexes are under construction now, was termed too costly.

Hurricane Sandy Challenges Short-Term Thinking On Nation's Coasts

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

Despite bold talk of massive infrastructure improvements in the direct aftermath of the storm called Sandy, some are wondering if the nation's famously short memory will prove a barrier now.

Boston University's Urban Accelerator Program: Helping Businesses and Social Entrepreneurs

Amy Neumann | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Amy Neumann

The BUBA program accomplishes two objectives. First, it helps local small businesses in underprivileged areas gain the tools and training. Second, it helps create student social entrepreneurs with leadership skills.

Tight State Funds Hamper Development of New Orleans BioDistrict

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.25.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Mid City residents living within BioDistrict New Orleans worry that health and science entities might one day encroach on their neighborhoods, while Governor Bobby Jindal's health care cuts jeopardize the outlook for a BioDistrict lynch pin.

The Urban Poor, Climate Change and the Future of Cities Around the World

David Weiss | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
David Weiss

Climate change creates a stimulus for action; we must ride that momentum to help city governments revisit the vulnerability of these communities and reimagine solutions that improve livelihoods and living conditions.

A President for Cities

Brad Lander | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Brad Lander

If you love cities, if you see them as the places where the promise of America, the ideal of citizenship highlighted by the president, can be fulfilled... you have one more reason to keep pushing for real change over the next four years.

Hospital Building Accelerates in New Orleans After Homes Were Moved

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business
Susan Buchanan

At combined cost to build of more than $2 billion, the two hospitals in the area will be an economic shot in the arm.

Black Men's Roundtable Seeks to Address a Crisis

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.19.2012 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

Every race, gender, and socioeconomic category has its own particular set of challenges and obstacles. The precarious predicament of the black male in America has been especially concerning.