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Urban Planning

The Global Politics of Cities

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

As the rush to urbanization intensifies in non-democracies such as Iran, China, and Pakistan, is it not inevitable that their cities, with populations truly dwarfing the few hundred thousand inhabitants of ancient Athens, carry within the seeds of political change?

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.

Brooklyn and the Nation's Oldest Bike Path

Cody Lyon | Posted 11.10.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

From Gowanus, once I'd made my way up the hill of Park slope, into the park, and pedaled around half the loop, I found the Parkway and its bike path on the eastern side.

Asbury Park's Pedestrian Island: Any Chance of Getting Shipwrecked?

Eric McAfee | Posted 11.08.2014 | New York
Eric McAfee

At long last, a significant number of older urban centers in the country seem to be recognizing that it's a good idea to build infrastructure that accommodates pedestrians. The trajectory clearly manifests improvement with each passing year.

America's Accessible Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 11.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Wendell Cox

With frequent press attention on traffic congestion and "gridlock," it may be surprising that work trip travel times in US cities are better than those of high income competitors in other nations. Indeed, the University of Minnesota's David Levinson, found that the typical employee can reach two-thirds of jobs in major US metropolitan areas within 30 minutes.

How to Place-Decode the Elements of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

According to the New York Times' Roger Cohen, France is struggling with changing times, including how perception of classic physical space is evolving as the role of cyberspace expands.

Anna Almendrala

More Evidence Happiness Doesn't Come From Buying New Things

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

News stories about Black Friday shopping violence are depressingly similar, and would be beyond belief save the fact that most are accompanied by secu...

Revitalizing Cities for All Residents

Gary A. Officer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

Twenty-first century cities will serves as the engine that drives the economy of a region, and ultimately, a nation.

Mass Urbanization Could Lead to Unprecedented Human Creativity -– But Only if We Do it Right

Luis Bettencourt | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Luis Bettencourt

Successful global urbanization could lead to a profoundly-changed world in just a few decades, where age-old human problems of extreme poverty, famine, disease and conflict would be greatly alleviated -- if not eradicated.

Cities With The Deadliest Diets

24/7 Wall St. | Thomas C. Frohlich and Robert Serenbetz | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business

While most Americans can choose what they want to eat each day, in many regions that choice is considerably limited. A range of direct and indirect fa...

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure -- yet somehow enhance -- the reality of place.

Chicago Celebrates Women Building Change

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 10.12.2014 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

"Women Building Change," an exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, aims to do exactly that by highlighting outstanding works by female architects living and working in the city of Chicago.

Involving the Urban Poor in Inclusive Housing

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Participatory planning integrates the poor and vulnerable into the housing development process and ensures that good intentions are translated into impact for the community.

Looking Behind the Common Sense Elements of City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Last month, in Moustiers Sainte Marie, France, I watched several shopkeepers return a lost young bird to a part of town closer to its natural habitat. This small drama was a play of few acts, but reflected a pattern of human conduct embedded in urban life.

NYC's Bike Sharing: The de Blasio Administration's First Expansion of the City's Sustainability Agenda

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Bike sharing is providing a high-profile opportunity to work with industry on sustainability issues. The success of this deal could lead to other opportunities as well.

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.

Ten Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Green buildings are mainstream now, and green infrastructure is advancing. Indeed, some progressive institutions believe it is time to begin installing "net-positive" buildings that produce more sustainable energy and water than they consume, and that generate no net waste.

Urbanism at a Crossroads

Aaron Bartley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Aaron Bartley

Establishing community land trusts and working with municipal land banks to meet ambitious affordable housing goals on the edges of these growth districts is the only surefire way to stave off displacement, hipster monoculture and extreme wealth disparity.

Bloomberg: 'People Care About Services, Not Ideologies'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

As a former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg knows what challenges cities have to face today and how to respond to them. He told Max Thol...

What Factors Make a City Great?

Localeur | Posted 08.19.2014 | Travel
Localeur

At Localeur, we've discovered some leading indicators on what is important in making a city great through the eyes of a millennial traveler, and these attributes can be applied to any city in the world.

The Development Gap in New York City

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.16.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even as the recession has ended, the city's poverty rate continues to increase, and the gap between the rich and poor continues to increase.

The Spirituality of Cities

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

As the technologies that shape our lives change, we need to encourage a city plan that gives us space, but does not isolate us; that is not racist and gives poorer people the chance to thrive too.

Five Signs Your City Is the Next Boomtown, USA

Localeur | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Localeur

Whether you live in Portland, Oregon, Asheville, North Carolina, Oakland, California, or some place so cool we haven't even heard of it yet, be on the lookout for these telltale signs that your city's becoming a boomtown.

Fighting Climate Change With Sensible City Planning

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Here in the US, we're going to be growing, and growing a lot: How we manage that growth will affect everything from how healthy our economy will be to how nourished and happy we will be as people to, yes, how healthy the future of our planet is.

The Inner Beauty of Trees

Anna Clark | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To preserve public health, the destiny of our cities and our own sanity, we must learn to regard nature as sustainers, not as consumers. We can start by planting trees.