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Urban Planning

Why We Need Trees in Our Cities

September 1, 2015 by Shane Carpani

Trees significantly improve the livability of urban areas. In this article, we outline the main benefits that mature urban trees offer our cities.[read more]

The Greening of Sports to Save the Planet

Sports is a $1.3 trillion global industry, with over $450 billion of this spent in the US. And small wonder – sports figures and celebrities have the greatest influence on us, aside from family. Sporting events occur constantly and can reach every one of us. Sports engage us on a visceral level and have the power to forge lifelong allegiances, create rivalries, and symbolize a city or even a country. Think of Brazil with soccer, Canada with hockey, Norway with skiing, Kenya with running, and so forth.[read more]

Heading to the Field: the Urban Decarbonization Research Project

August 27, 2015 by Laura Tozer

Cities are increasingly adopting ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, such as 80% reductions by 2050. To make that ambition a reality, people in cities are trying out new initiatives ranging from local government’s financial incentives for solar energy to community group’s efforts to develop alternative, low-carbon economies using sharing. However, research has shown that these attempts are experimental and uncertain in their long-term impact.[read more]

From Concrete to Green: Urban Agriculture Initiative Seeks to Transform LA River into Ag Oasis

The Los Angeles River flows from the Simi Hills, northwest of Los Angeles, through the San Fernando Valley and into the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach. A large portion of the river is concrete.[read more]

Repost: 15 Genius Tips for Living in Small Spaces

August 25, 2015 by Jillian Glover
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Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves and Gardenista and her husband live together in seriously small quarters—a 240-square-foot studio, to be exact. She agreed to share her surprising tips about how to make it work (and not drive each other crazy)…[read more]

Times Square Debate Lays Bare the Importance of Proactive Public Space Management

August 21, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Mayor Bill de Blasio caused quite a stir around New York City yesterday as he floated the idea of tearing up the pedestrian plaza in Times Square. This statement was the culmination of several days of debate centered around predatory panhandling and the square’s growing number of “street performers.”[read more]

Mexico—A Rising Leader in Green Building and Sustainability

Today the city is a rising leader in sustainability and urban innovation, with aggressive work to decrease pollution, promote public health and wellness, and the highest concentration of LEED buildings in Mexico. Of course, the cities of Zapopan, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Queretaro are not far behind in the race to be the leader in green building, make Mexico the largest market for green building in the Spanish-speaking world.[read more]

Brooklynites Stand Strong Against Proposed Highrises in Brooklyn Bridge Park

August 20, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches along roughly 85 acres of prime East River waterfront space along the northern edge of Brooklyn. New Yorkers can visit the park for a number of events or just to relax in one of the borough’s most beautiful spots, which offers spectacular views—maybe even the city’s best—of the Manhattan skyline.[read more]

3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density

Cities faced with rapidly growing populations should turn to zoning and land-use planning to create dense, urban areas. Singapore, for example, implemented inclusionary zoning to help working class residents afford homes near the city center. (Photo Niels de Vries / Flickr)

Where would you feel safer walking alone at 3 A.M: a busy, heavily trafficked street, or a loosely populated section of a sprawling city? Most people would likely choose the former. Indeed, higher population densities can make city streets feel safer at all hours—while also fostering commercial activity and giving cities an attractive, bustling character.[read more]

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Soil Requirements for Healthy Street Trees

August 6, 2015 by Shane Carpani

A definition of "soil quality" that explains the soil requirements of healthy urban trees.[read more]

Why Cities Should Invest in Beekeeping

Cities looking for sustainable economic growth might consider investing in a seemingly unlikely source: urban beekeeping. Contrary to what one might expect, urban bees survive better, produce more honey, and are healthier than rural bees.[read more]

Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians

India and Road Safety

 

Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving India the distinction of having the highest number of road accident victims in the world. As our country continues to motorize exponentially, this problem will only grow– unless we make urgent and far-reaching changes to our road safety approach.[read more]