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New York City Forges Ahead Digitally: 2012 in Review

Rachel Sterne | Posted 04.09.2013 | New York
Rachel Sterne

New York City's digital future is brighter than ever, thanks to landmark advances over the past year in Internet access, education, open data, engagem...

Participatory Budgeting in Year Two: Reinvigorating Local Democracy in NYC

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 03.30.2013 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

After we just completed an election season where democracy was under attack across the country, a movement has sprung up in New York City that seeks to strengthen rather than subvert involvement in the democratic process. It's called participatory budgeting.

Powering Change for the Urban Poor: 'Devils' and Coin-Operated Electricity for Slum Dwellers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Sustainable, plentiful and affordable energy is a global issue, but it reaches even greater importance in the developing world, where the question of affordability is critical.

Pursuing the Elusive Green Light of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

If places are not implemented with care, and if they leave a sense of the overly artificial and concocted, we may collectively and forever chase The Great Gatsby's symbolic green light at the end of Daisy's pier.

Lessons Learned: Five Principles of People and Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.18.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

This is not an obscure antiquarian story, but illustrates a highly contextual place, a small country where the cycles of human history is readily experienced in little more than one day.

PHOTOS: Miami's Gritty Outdoor Museum

Visit Florida | Posted 03.13.2013 | Travel
Visit Florida

Goldman's idea was simple: Buy some buildings, put up a restaurant and create an outdoor international street art museum.

A Whirlwind Trip Through Cape Town

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 03.08.2013 | Travel
Jennifer Schwab

I had heard glowing reports about this southernmost mecca from South African friends living in San Diego and Los Angeles. I now understand why when they move to the U.S., they often choose Southern California as a logical nesting place. My maiden voyage to "the Cape" was one of surprise and delight.

The Neural Bases for Dehumanizing the Homeless

Lisa Wade | Posted 02.12.2013 | Science
Lisa Wade

In most densely-packed urban cities, one will be able to observe a disturbing phenomenon: wealthy people marching past the homeless, day in and day out.

Take the T Train

Liz Neumark | Posted 02.10.2013 | New York
Liz Neumark

It was the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour -- or more accurately, under-the-scenes -- about 100 feet into Manhattan bedrock via an access shaft to see exactly how the Second Avenue Subway (SAS) is coming along.

Safe Shelter, Health and Wellbeing in the World's Poorest Cities

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

When we suggest commemorating Human Rights Day by talking about housing, we're not being reductionist, nor are we just talking about housing: we're talking about access, about opportunity, about communities finding their voice.

Reflections on Detroit: Call to Green Pastures

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

After spending some time here, I saw an alternative view of Detroit: a model for self-reliance and growth. They'd welcome help, but they're not counting on it.

Big Questions for Big Data

Joseph F. Coughlin | Posted 01.26.2013 | Technology
Joseph F. Coughlin

Big data is more than an opportunity to do better. It should reset our expectations to see that great things are possible.

Sharing Insights Into Smarter Cities

Stanley S. Litow | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business
Stanley S. Litow

The conversation about the future of cities must be global, and sharing best practices and understanding how to act on them is essential to accelerating the changes that can improve the quality of life for all urban citizens.

In Sandy's Wake, New York's Landscape of Inequity Revealed

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michelle Chen

New York will survive Sandy, but so will the city's persistent inequalities and environmental precarity. So when the electricity comes back on, working people should understand that before the next crisis hits, they need to leverage the devastation to generate new political and economic power.

A New Philanthropic Threshold -- The Significance of Central Park's Gift

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Charles A. Birnbaum

Philanthropy and public-private partnerships should not be faulted but encouraged, especially following Hurricane Sandy's damage to the parks when it's most needed.

Urban Growth Boundary Concerns Local Farmer (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Bill Zimmerman, a small farmer in Vancouver, Washington talks about the approaching urban growth boundary (UGB) that may soon encompass his farm.

Background to the Foreground: Bahrain's Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale

Todd Reisz | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Todd Reisz

Bahrain is now at a point from which it can never recede. But how can architecture address this politically -- and inarguably urban -- predicament, if architecture can neither help resolve it nor leave it alone?

Summer Reading for Urban Leaders

Lee Fisher | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Lee Fisher

It may be a bit harder to get through multiple books now that the summer is ending, but for urban leaders, three recent books are worth reading even after Labor Day. Each offers some provocative insight about what's happening in American cities, why, and what we might do about it.

The Apple of Our Eye

Paul Gunther | Posted 11.14.2012 | Style
Paul Gunther

The world-renowned flagship store of Macy's at Herald Square -- backdrop to the namesake Thanksgiving Day parade since its advent 78 years ago -- is undergoing a $400 million interior renovation now rapidly unfolding in time for holiday 2012 shopping.

The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York's Central Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

I know that it may come as a shock to some, but New York's Central Park is not an act of God. It might seem that way, especially in the woodlands, which appear so authentically, well, natural.

What's Good for GM Is Not Good for America

Harris Silver | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
Harris Silver

I am suggesting that it is time for the idea of cities to choose the cars that inhabit their urban space rather than this anti-urban alien called Detroit.

Learning From the Eclectic Urban Curbside

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

One thing that is undeniable about American cities, private residential property and the curbside next door -- for the moment, the eclectic reigns.

The Visual Chronicles of the Urban Bicycle

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Today, across the world, in multiple contexts, the allure of the bicycle knows no bounds. For the past several years, I have been documenting this trend with my own photographs, in order to tell a short story with minimal words.

New Leadership Shaping the Creative Community

John M. Eger | Posted 10.09.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

Becoming a creative community is complex and often convoluted, but mostly requires new thinking, new policies, new leadership... which doesn't necessarily fit into any existing cubbyhole.

And The Fastest Growing City Is...

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business

Sorry hipsters, your Austin paradise is about to get ransacked. The percentage of Americans living in metropolitan areas is set to grow by roughly ...