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Urban Planning

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 ...

Crane.tv's Cultural Olympics (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 09.30.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

Since last week London, along with the rest of the world, has been caught up in Olympic fever. And while everyone's been keeping their eyes firmly fix...

Making People Skinnier Through Intelligent Design

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home

By Irina Vinnitskaya Click here for the original article at ArchDaily. Copyright NYC DDC In an effort to make New York City’s built environ...

Eco Etiquette: Can Our Cities Save Us?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. My husband and I are clos...

Rebuild or Relocate?

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

It is a brave urban planner who will advocate relocation, for few displaced individuals take kindly to being uprooted, even if they know they will likely face further crippling blows from nature if they fail to move to a more secure address.

Zombie Theme Park Proposed For Abandoned Neighborhood In Detroit

Posted 07.02.2012 | Detroit

Why wait for the zombie apocalypse? One man wants customers to experience the terror now. With soaring budget deficits and population on the declin...

Laws for the Planet: Using Law to Deliver Sustainability and Green Growth

Irene Khan | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
Irene Khan

This right is not absolute; it does not obligate the government to provide all citizens overnight with safe drinking water. But giving access to water a legal expression does commit the authorities to do everything in their power, within reason, to extend this right as a matter of urgency.

Jason Linkins

Urban Tree Density Tracks Income Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

Back when Mitt Romney was campaigning in Michigan, he had this weird phrase about his one-time home state that he kept robotically repeating: "The tre...

How To Save Suburbia

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.02.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk Click here for original article. Copyright Flickr User CC tango_28 Poverty and violence, boarded windows and weedy lawns...

Walking the Walk With Jane

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Not only are the walks a great example of just the self-organization Jacobs celebrated, but it is run exclusively by dedicated volunteers whose commitment to the Jacobs precepts brings them together in a totally organic way.