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Urban Policy

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.

Parents Just Want Their Kids Back

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

At the core of the concern of people in communities across the country is the desire for their children to come home, for their families to heal and for forgiveness to take place.

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.

Designing for the Metropolitan Revolution

Randy Howder | Posted 08.20.2013 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

Across the U.S., mayors, educators, philanthropists, business and community leaders and others who govern the nation's cities and metropolitan areas are taking on the big issues that the federal government won't, or can't, solve.

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.

The Compelling Promise of Urbanism Without Effort

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

As urban stakeholders -- residents, pundits, developers, associated professionals, and politicians -- we like to discuss and debate aspects of urb...

Movement and Settlement, Upside Down

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.22.2013 | Detroit
Charles R. Wolfe

Last week, I participated in the Project for Public Spaces' Placemaking Leadership Council inaugural meeting in Detroit. The event left several impr...

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

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...

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.

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.

Working Women's Bodies Besieged by Environmental Injustice

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
Michelle Chen

Women are a favorite target in the country's most heated political wars. But a much quieter struggle is being waged over women's bodies in their neighborhoods and workplaces, where a minefield of pollutants threaten working mothers.

Solving the Puzzle of Athletic Excellence and Academic Mediocrity in Urban Schools

Marcus Bright | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Marcus Bright

The widespread occurrence of academic mediocrity and athletic excellence in urban schools presents a significant challenge for students, parents, policy makers, and the collective society.

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...

Americans Are Protesting, But What Stops Full-Scale Rioting?

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.30.2012 | Books
Jake Blumgart

Michael Katz's Why Don't American Cities Burn? is both a crushing reminder of seemingly intractable problems that still face American cities and an exploration of why things aren't worse.

Street Food and Urban Culture

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.12.2012 | New York
Fabio Parasecoli

Both gourmet food trucks and allegedly messy carts are constitutive elements of the NYC foodscape. Any attempt at deciding what category of vendor is better somehow goes against the very spirit of the city.

Could We 'Fix' Detroit With $800 Billion? Let's Try!

Ned Staebler | Posted 03.21.2012 | Detroit
Ned Staebler

The direct financial costs of the Iraq war were estimated to be about $800 billion, with a 'B.' That struck me as a lot of money. I started thinking: "What else could we have done with $800 billion over eight years?"

PHOTOS: America's Abandoned Places And How They Got That Way

Posted 01.12.2012 | Travel

The following is a post from David Schalliol, the Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The pho...

A Simple Portrait of an Urban Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

From time to time, a single image captures the look and feel of city life, and successfully depicts an urban place where people come together. La...

What Mayor Bloomberg, Economists Can Learn From Occupy Wall Street

Eric Peterson | Posted 01.29.2012 | New York
Eric Peterson

While some may utilize appealing rhetoric and claim to work in our name, it is clear that no one else is going to create the city we imagine for us, this is our job.

Fostering Collaboration between Schools and Urban Communities

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The renewal of urban schools and communities are linked, as it is difficult for communities to improve without a decent education system, but it is also difficult for schools to improve without support from an energized, active community.

Experiencing the Sonata of Urban Density (VIDEO)

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a creative break from today's active discussions about the benefits of urban density with a sonata that examines compact development examples from across the world.