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Amsterdam Is About to Host the First Night Mayor Summit

February 3, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

What is a night mayor, you might ask? Well, just as the name suggests, a night mayor is the chief executive officer of a city’s nighttime activity. And in 2014, Amsterdam became the first city ever to have one.[read more]

Orange County, North Carolina Tackling Housing Affordability Challenges

February 2, 2016 by The Global Grid

Townhouse development, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, United States Affordable housing was a hot topic in the November 2015 election cycle, with many elected officials addressing the challenge. As a result, Chapel Hill’s three newly elected town council members will be asked to uphold their promises to focus on providing solutions to the affordability challenge, as many residents are feeling the pinch of housing costs in Chapel Hill and elsewhere in Orange County.[read more]

Top 20 Cities for Venture Capital Investment

February 2, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

The Martin Prosperity Institute here in Toronto recently published a new report that looks at worldwide venture capital investment by city. The report is called Rise of the Global Startup City. The data is from 2012, because that’s what was available from Thomson Reuters, so keep in mind that there might be some variation in the rankings if we were to look at more recent data. Some of the cities sit fairly close.[read more]

Harlem River Houses Serve as Public Housing Model in New York City

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid

An image from inside the courtyard area. It is clear that this is a highly visible area in the complex from all of the windows one can see in this picture. Image above: Harlem River Houses Courtyard. This space lies on the interior of the complex. It was the main recreational and leisure area in the development. This area is visible from nearly every unit in the housing, a major factor in its safety over the decades. Despite its past accomplishments, the Harlem River Houses have recently been dealing with issues of maintenance and vacancies. These problems have interrupted the harmony of the design, which is arguably part of the reason for the increase in crime. While most New Yorkers do not live in some form of subsidized housing, safe and affordable public housing is in the best interest of all New Yorkers, as safe housing projects means a safer city for everyone. The Harlem River Houses offer a meticulously designed template for other complexes to emulate.[read more]

Recyclables Traded for Bus Fare at Bus Stations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid

Terminal Alvorada, Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil From October 19 to November 19, 2015, the city of Rio de Janeiro tested a machine that accepted recyclable materials in exchange for a bus pass. The machine was located in the Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, and sat next to the normal ticket windows. Upon depositing five pieces of waste for recycling, the user was given a prepaid RioCard loaded with R$ 3.40 — the value of a one way trip.[read more]