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Bertha Lewis, a de Blasio Supporter, Joins Tonight's Protest Against Massive Bloomberg Garbage Site

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Known as the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (or locally as "The Bloomberg Dump"), it will occupy 2 acres and be 10 stories high. Hundreds of garbage trucks a day will bring thousands of tons of garbage and then dump it into barges.

The Life Out Loud: Free Fitness for All

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

Jennifer Pattee was in her mid-30s when she realized that she wasn't happy. Here was a woman who had met with success at jobs many people would envy -...

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.

Growing Urban Ag Through Policy

Robert Ogilvie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Robert Ogilvie

In many cases, urban gardening begins organically, but without a supportive policy structure in place, it can be difficult for these programs to take root, thrive and be of maximum and equitable benefit to the whole community.

Why Citibike Blue Makes Some See Red

Sharai Lewis-Gruss | Posted 12.25.2013 | New York
Sharai Lewis-Gruss

Recently in the New York Times, Delia Ephron expressed her frustrations with Citibike. Her hostility toward cyclists seemed overdue or outrageous, depending on your bike-car-pedestrian priorities. But an element of Ephron's ire raised an issue that has gotten relatively little attention.

On the (Bike) Path to Prosperity: Why Banning Bikes Is Bad for Kolkata

Jason Vargo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jason Vargo

Cities in the U.S. have been struggling to 'pave their way out of congestion' for decades. It doesn't work.

Proof That Boredom Isn't As Bad As Your Parents Always Told You

Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living

City-dwellers (especially New Yorkers) tend to pride themselves on their jadedness. A blasé, don't-know-don't-care attitude allows them to walk by va...

Urban Metabolism and the Nature of Sustainable Cities

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 12.17.2013 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Stephanie Pincetl is director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. The Center studies the "urban metabolism" of Los Angel...

Havana Havana, Your Fountains Are Broken

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.16.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I'm in the same park where 30 years ago my sister and I ran and played. Two girls turning pirouettes similar to ours hide behind some bushes. However, there is something very different in this deja vu: missing is the fountain with its sound of rain falling on marble.

Finding Urban 'Tethers' in City Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In London's Russell Square one recent morning, I saw the human-scale "tether" illustrated above. Whether for safety or togetherness, parent and chi...

Why the 'Sit-able City' Is the Next Big Idea

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.09.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A greater focus on the sit-able is an invitation to rich discussion and ready illustration based on human tradition.

Green Infrastructure: Cities Across the Nation Become More Resilient (Part III)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

A number of American cities are looking at innovative and creative ways to develop new park land for their residents in projects which can also help protect their local streams and rivers from the type of dirty water and even raw sewage overflow caused by heavy rainfalls.

What Government Shutdown? Metros Open for Business

Bruce Katz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bruce Katz

For everyone who is tired of our dysfunctional federal government, this metropolitan revolution offers a path forward. Metropolitan areas are succeeding in spite of grave economic and political challenges at the national level.

Economic Woes Aside, Detroit Is a Visual and Cultural Treat

Mark Chesnut | Posted 12.01.2013 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Detroit may continue to make headlines as the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy, but during our visit -- my first time ever in the Motor City, other than changing planes at the airport -- I found a lot more to catch my interest than economic woes.

A New Walking Movement to Get America Back on Its Feet

Jay Walljasper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jay Walljasper

The public health and urban planning professions are now joining forces to promote health by creating more walkable communities, just as they did in the late 19th century to improve urban sanitation.

Cities and the Environment

David S. Beckman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
David S. Beckman

With billions headed for urban centers in the decades to come, and with cities already home to a majority of the earth's population, the future of cities and our environment are inextricably connected.

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.

Artists and Urban Development

Carol Becker | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Carol Becker

To preserve the diversity and cultural richness that artists bring, cities of the future need to learn how to stop "using up" artists and then pushing them out.

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.

Listen Up Candidates, Planning Matters: Two New Books on the History of Planning

Heath Brown | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Heath Brown

Two new books draw attention to the role planners and planning have played in the development of cities and suburbs in the U.S.

Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece: Book Excerpt

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.23.2013 | New York
Adrian Benepe

I didn't grow up in Prospect Park. My neighborhood park was Riverside, and Central Park was where I sometimes went on weekends as a child. Prospect Park was, to me, a mythical land in distant Brooklyn, across the East River and reachable only by a long trip on the subway.

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.

Two Shows, Many Cities: "Never Built," "A New Sculpturalism" and the Battle for Los Angeles

Guy Horton | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Guy Horton

Here in Los Angeles we have a complicated relationship with architecture and two con-current museum exhibitions demonstrate this in ironic and puzzling ways. This became even clearer when architecture made it to the front page of the Los Angeles Times on August 3.