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Participatory Budgeting Lets Citizens Experiment With Economic Democracy

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Who'd have thought that voting to add trash cans on the street or renovate public housing could be a democratic milestone?

William Pedersen, KPF Helps Celebrate Art & Design at New Museum, NYC

Jacob Slevin | Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

Hudson Yards. Image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox. The Huffington Post Arts page recently celebrated Design Thursdays with a special presentation...

Killing Modernism with Fuzzy Math, Bad Information and False Choices

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Modernism, despite the popularity of Mad Men and shelter magazines like Dwell, is under assault. Iconic works of architecture and landscape architecture from have a particularly high mortality rate.

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...

Walk, Observe, Discuss

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 06.10.2012 | New York
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Jane Jacobs changed the way we look and think about cities. No better way exists to understand Jane than to get out and walk, observe, ponder and think or talk about what is seen. That is the idea behind Jane Jacobs Walks.

Bring An Abandoned Amusement Park Back To Life

Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts

When we think of amusement parks the first things that come to mind are long lines and dripping ice cream, but there was a time when these places pres...

The City 2.0 - Dream It, Build It

Amy Novogratz | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Amy Novogratz

Every day -- from Rio to New York to Mumbai -- decisions are made around transportation, energy, public space, housing, and law. Rather than leaving these decisions in the hands of others, theCity2.org provides a platform so we can all become part of the solution.

The Urgency of Metropolitan Broadband Strategies

John M. Eger | Posted 03.02.2012 | Technology
John M. Eger

In the new global economy, metropolitan regions are the new centers of commerce. Now more than ever, cities and counties within regions must work to...

'Sex Is The Very Essence Of A City'

Model D | Claire Nelson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Detroit

By Claire Nelson This article originally appeared in Model D. Read more here. Nothing gets me hotter than listening to policy wonks talk about u...

Virginia Senate Passes Eminent Domain Proposal

AP | Posted 02.13.2012 | DC

RICHMOND, Va. -- An amendment to Virginia's Constitution that would make it harder for governments to take private land has cleared the Virginia Senat...

Why Historic Buildings Matter to the Environment

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

For most building types, adaptive reuse of older buildings produces measureable -- and sometimes impressive -- green benefits.

Building for Health: Improving Our Cities, Homes and Lives

Steve Heilig | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Steve Heilig

How does where we live impact our health? It's a big and complex question, but Richard Jackson, MD, MPH is leading the way towards answers -- and interventions.

Matt Sledge

'The Pruitt Igoe Myth' Finds Architecture's Big Flop Was Somebody Else's Fault

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

The images of its destruction are some of the most iconic in all of modern architecture. Less than 20 years after they went up, the towers of the Prui...

The Recovery Runs Through the City

Aaron Bartley | Posted 03.18.2012 | Green
Aaron Bartley

With the folly of relying on growth in the finance sector to compensate for losses in manufacturing now brought into focus by the financial crisis, the building blocks for economic recovery and job growth are more elusive than ever.

'I Used To Wonder What That Black Stuff Was On The Windowsill'

| Posted 03.12.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Bernice Yeung For nearly four years, Cassandra Martin lived in West Oakland, a few blo...

2011's 10 Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 02.21.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

I submit this list of 10 notable developments in the world of landscape architecture to reflect on including new designs, significant transformations and influential publications.

A Simple Portrait of an Urban Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

From time to time, a single image captures the look and feel of city life, and successfully depicts an urban place where people come together. La...

I'm A Detroiter Too: A Response

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.22.2012 | Detroit
Rabbi Jason Miller

There is certainly a revival in the Motor City and we should all be excited about the possibilities. But I want to caution Toby Barlow and anyone who believes that to be part of the renaissance one has to relocate to Downtown Detroit.

A Will for Transit in Metro Detroit

Geoff Young | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Geoff Young

For a decade or more, the Detroit region has talked about building a regional transit system. As it stands today, nothing has been built. So what is the remedy to Detroit's struggles to move forward on regional transit?

Yes, Mayor Bloomberg, Occupy Has Got to Go

Harris Silver | Posted 01.15.2012 | New York
Harris Silver

One obvious lesson that we can learn from Occupy Wall Street is the need for public restrooms in urban environments.

Has Driving Peaked in American Cities?

Infrastructurist | Posted 01.09.2012 | Travel
Infrastructurist

Road researchers have noticed that driving in major cities has reached an unexpected plateau, a phenomenon known as "peak car use."

Lynne Peeples

Swapping Tail Pipes For Pedals: Small Changes Could Pay Huge Dividends For Public Health And Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.02.2012 | Green

Like a growing number of Americans, Jonathan Patz rides his bike to work. He even drags a wheeled blue bin behind his bike for trips to the grocery st...

Oliver Stone's New Favorite Megalomaniac

ARTINFO | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

Every robber baron is probably green with envy for the late Robert Moses, a powerful and polarizing force who shaped New York as we now know it, becau...

Women and Bicycling Means Sustainable Business

Andrea Learned | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Andrea Learned

Biking represents a simple activity and lifestyle change that could affect so many of the big, societal issues we face today, as well as some that are not given the priority they should, such as community-building and connection with nature.

City Shaping IV: Can Target Right What Minneapolis Is About to Ruin?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.24.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Excitement has turned to disappointment in Minneapolis, and what's happening there should be a warning about safeguarding transparency in public process and civic debate.