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Urban Planning

San Francisco Mayor's Opportunity to Create a New City University

Robert Shireman | Posted 10.06.2013 | San Francisco
Robert Shireman

With all of the attention on the infighting and poor management at City College of San Francisco, city residents could be excused for forgetting that San Francisco has another large public institution serving undergraduate students.

New Orleans to unveil Claiborne expressway options in September

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the August 5, 2013 edition.) In community meetings last winter and spring, New Orleans reside...

Detroit, General Motors and the American Dream

Steven Conn | Posted 09.29.2013 | Detroit
Steven Conn

The city that built cars was also built by and for the car, and that legacy may prove the biggest obstacle to creating a post-automobile future.

One Continent or Two? Denver Hosts Biennial of the Americas

Rex Burkholder | Posted 09.28.2013 | Denver
Rex Burkholder

Begun in 2010 by then-Denver Mayor, now-Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, as a way to re-direct attention away from China and Europe as trading partners/cultural competitors, the Biennial attracts leaders from Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

When Urban Planning Fails, Guerrilla Gardening Is the Only Solution

Food Politic | Posted 09.25.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Despite perhaps best intentions, urban planners in major cities have failed to deliver communities with easy and reliable access to food. Case in point -- Ron Finley and guerrilla gardening.

Danielle Schlanger

Obama's Urban Affairs Office Brings Hope But Not Much Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. WASHINGTON -- Less than a week af...

Is Your City Age-Ready?

Joseph F. Coughlin | Posted 09.21.2013 | Fifty
Joseph F. Coughlin

Mayors and other urban leaders must reframe the question of how 'friendly' their city is to older residents to is my city implementing age-ready plans, policies and investments today to respond to the certainty of demographic change and related demands tomorrow?

The Problem With Art Basel's Favela Cafe

Guy Horton | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Guy Horton

For Art Basel, "Favela Café" has been a huge miscalculation. If it seemed funny or brilliant for an instant when it was first proposed, that moment is long past. What we are left with is a ramshackle jumble of bad taste.

Zimmerman City

Mitch McEwen | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts
Mitch McEwen

[Defense attorney] West said: "Trayvon Martin armed himself with a concrete sidewalk and used it to smash George Zimmerman's head." He added, "That is a deadly weapon." As designers of sidewalks, egress and public streets, how do we begin to consider the perversity of this phrase?

What Works: Local Solutions, Global Models For World Cities

Olivia Onderdonk | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Olivia Onderdonk

Few things attract an audience like seeing a bright, young innovator talking about how they thought up, implemented, and were successful in altering l...

Standing up Against Forced Evictions: How Slum Dwellers Are Fighting Back

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rising property values lead developers and government officials to abruptly displace slum dwellers, often without proper notice, legal standing, or reimbursement.

A Smart Way to Handle Big-Box Stores

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Land-use policy is one of the most powerful -- and underutilized -- tools communities have for steering the evolution of their economies. With the global corporate economy rife with hidden costs and consequences, more communities would do well to take advantage of it.

The Rural Landscape and Urban Lessons Learned

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a harder look, and see the reasons forests and farms have been elemental to growth management legislation, emulating the naturally evolved agricultural region that has always surrounded the City of Rome.

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.

4 Ways Cities Should Be Adapting to Change

Ben Hecht | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Living Cities found that municipal fiscal strain, inadequate infrastructure, poor educational outcomes, a skills/job mismatch and a struggling housing market, will be defining urban issues for years to come. I thought it would be helpful to highlight the four key ways that cities need to adapt.

Three Everyday Ways to Inspire Urban Change

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Unfortunately, when it comes to these far-away urban places, not all of us have real-time access to the inspirational modern projects served by transit, or the historic monuments, streets and squares that illustrate the potential of creative city life.

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."

What The Great Gatsby Says About Our Antiquated Transportation System

Jasmin Sadegh | Posted 08.14.2013 | Technology
Jasmin Sadegh

The Great Gatsby showed me how the cars and outfits have changed, but commuting into and out of the city has not been updated much since the 1920s. Yes, bridges and roads have been improved, but it is still faster to get to certain places via car than train.

Abandoning the Rust Belt, Vacating the American Dream (PHOTOS)

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 08.05.2013 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

Of course it shouldn't be this way. There shouldn't be so much decay. This is America: the land of milk and money. But it is this way, and without national leadership, the housing crisis in the industrial heartland is unlikely to stop.

Six Transportation Ideas For LA's Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti

Harris Silver | Posted 08.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Harris Silver

With LA having just elected a new Mayor, the timing feels right for putting out some transportation and planning ideas that can help make LA a more livable city.

City Shaping VI: In 21st Century Toronto, There is Momentum

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Town Hall Square, by Janet Rosenberg & Studio. Photograph courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation. If you want to see why cities are centers of ...

How Big Data can Change the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Data plays a crucial role in any serious effort to reduce urban poverty. It's tough to design initiatives and measure success without a clear understanding of who people are, where they live, and what problems they face.

Jaweed Kaleem

Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion

To rebuild or not to rebuild? As recovery slowly begins after deadly tornadoes flattened subdivisions in Moore, Okla., and tore through nearby area...

Urban Resilience for a New Century

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

We can't know for sure when or where the next crisis will hit -- only that it will. But despite these certainties, most cities are woefully unprepared to manage these shocks. Now is the time to help cities build resilience.

Home Sweet Eco-Home: Youth Leaders Collaborate on Sustainable Urbanization for the Future

EF Education First | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
EF Education First

By JP Riedel, Student at Dover-Sherborn High School in Massachusetts For thousands of years humans have been masters of their surroundings, creating ...