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Urban Planning

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

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.

Going Green in 2014: A Conversation with Two Thought Leaders on Urban Green Design

James Grundvig | Posted 01.08.2014 | Green
James Grundvig

For someone with 25+ years in the engineering-construction industry, I have seen, known, and experienced firsthand where at the end of projects, regardless of size, data goes to die.

A Plan to Reduce Emergency Vehicle Response Times and Increase Safety for Cyclists (PHOTOS)

Harris Silver | Posted 03.09.2014 | New York
Harris Silver

Fire trucks and ambulances responding to emergencies have a higher priority legally and morally than people who choose to drive into Manhattan instead of taking public transit.

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

What's the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which arguably ranks in significance with New York's Central Park and Washington, DC's National Mall, deserves more national attention.

Q&A With Judith Rodin: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation with ...

Our 13 Favorite Books of 2013

Bruce Katz | Posted 03.01.2014 | Books
Bruce Katz

As 2013 comes to a close, here are 13 books (and a bonus e-book) you should investigate if you want to know more about why cities and metros matter, about the magnitude of the challenges that they are taking on, and about how they can do better.

How to Begin After Prawer-Begin

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it's time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

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.

When Parking Garages Go Green, The Results Are Stunning

Diane Pham | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Diane Pham

For many, the thought of a parking garage conjures no more than the vision of endlessly winding one's car up through a utilitarian building. While this is true of many garages, there are designers who are rethinking the form, turning these spaces into iconic architectural works while minimizing urban sprawl and environmental impact.

Four Ways to Help New Migrant Populations

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Improving migrants' access to education, affordable housing, skill development programs and health care are key steps to helping these marginalized urban newcomers achieve their goal of social mobility.

City Residents Earning Medals for Pedaling As Bike Share Programs Hit the Road Cycling

Adrian Benepe | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The experience of having a bike to use when and where I want, for unlimited use, and for a yearly cost of just $95, defied the notion that nothing can get done that works well in a city as complicated as New York.

Life in a Toxic City

Nomin Dari | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Nomin Dari

Ulaanbaatar today is ranked by the World Health Organization as one of the most polluted cities in the world.

Giving the Urban Poor Access to City Centers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Whether through new infrastructure work, transportation initiatives or training programs, efforts to link informal settlements with the infrastructure of the formal city are well underway in cities across the globe.

Up the Creek, With a Paddle: Urban Stream Restoration and Daylighting (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

As cities work to rebuild and repair their infrastructure, one resource they are beginning to turn to is the rivers and creeks that flow through urban areas.

Dante de Blasio's Circles of Hell

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The New York Times reports that Mayor-elect de Blasio is having second thoughts about living in Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor. The announcement came after a meeting with Mayor Bloomberg during which they discussed "the intricacies of garbage pickup."

Public-Private Partnerships for Shared Prosperity: It's Working!

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

How can cities integrate informal economic activity with urban planning to improve living standards while promoting growth? How can we blend private s...

Voting for Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

More and more, it appears, people are not just voting with their feet to visit and use parks, but they are literally casting their ballots and voting with their pocketbooks to say that parks are crucial parts of their communities.

The Urban Stage on Election Day, Seattle Style

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

In general, our mayor's race has been local in focus, without ample attention to how McGinn reflects, if not leads, the trend lines of changing cities everywhere.

Startup City: Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project

Ondi Timoner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ondi Timoner

Tony has assembled a team to bring the best and brightest creative entrepreneurs to Vegas, determined to build out a utopian community within a major urban center. It's the most fascinating and ambitious project I have ever witnessed, and I feel lucky to be documenting it as it unfolds.

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.