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Urban Planning

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.

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?