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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]

MDs Now Prescribe Walking to Boost Health

January 28, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

It’s plain common sense, backed by a wealth of recent medical research. In fact, a major new study found that lack of physical activity is twice as deadly for us as obesity.[read more]

A Quieter City Through Design and Architecture

January 28, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

"Sound matters" is not only true in the sense that consideration of sound could make spaces a lot better, it is also true that neglecting sound can make spaces a lot worse, even unhealthy.[read more]

UberPOOL Is the New Networking Tool

January 27, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

UberPOOL launched in Toronto last week. It was tested in Toronto last summer and it’s been available in other cities for awhile, but now it’s officially here. If you’re not yet familiar with UberPOOL, it basically allows you to share your ride with other people who are headed in the same direction. I’ve heard some people on Twitter complain about route inefficiencies, but I’ve had only positive experiences with it so far.[read more]

North Carolina’s Fight to Restore Historic Tax Credits

January 27, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program used for restoring historic properties in North Carolina has successfully been reinstated. The tax credit system, which also includes the credit for income-producing properties, phased out at the end of 2014 as part of state tax reform measures taken by North Carolina lawmakers. Since first introduced in 1998, experts estimate that the tax credits have generated $1.4 billion in statewide revenues with each project generating approximately four jobs.[read more]