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Are Tunnels for Light Rail Really Cost Prohibitive?

July 20, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Worth the cost?

Many seem to buy the argument that tunnels are boondoggles. Being against transit tunnels is sold as prudent reasoning even where hardly any alternative exists, like the case of the rail tunnel under the Hudson River. So maybe a closer look at how such a tunnel is actually built is in order.[read more]

Making Lagos Work: Architecture, Economics and Politics

June 30, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Lagos is growing fast

A major city, Lagos' role in Africa, its growth, architecture, economics and politics are all discussed in the third part of this interview by Olamide Udoma with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA, a Dutch NGO.[read more]

Should Local Business Owners Pay For Bike Lane Improvements in Quebec?

May 22, 2015 by The Global Grid

Who pays pedals?

Should local business owners pay for bike lane improvements? The Sherbrooke, Quebec Urban Bike Citizens Group (VUS) hopes the city will stick to its decision to build a bike path on Industrial Boulevard but local business owners are protesting a tab of $625,000 to pay for it.[read more]

Like Manufacturing Once Did, the Legacy Economy Will Usher in a New Era of Prosperity

December 6, 2014 by Jim Russell

Manufacturing and Legacies

Foreign financial capital displaces local industry from the central business district. The hot money attraction concerns a globalized form of health care that appeals to clients around the world. The geography of demand for medical services is limitless, which effectively uncaps what patients are willing and able to pay.[read more]

All Growth is Not Good

December 3, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Growth Measurement and Importance


Economic growth has been the most important performance measure for over 70 years. All political colours except the Greens have increasing growth as their aim and leaders at the recent G20 summit made pledges centred on it. Yet this statistic takes no account whatsoever of the costs of achieving growth.[read more]

Robert Bullard: "Equity Can’t Be Left Out"

November 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Sustainability

True sustainability is a three-legged stool, said Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the fathers of environmental justice movement, at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver. It rests on environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and equity. However, equity, Bullard believes, is still too often left out.[read more]

The Economic Geography of Workforce Development

November 21, 2014 by Jim Russell

Economic Geography

Without geographic analysis, demographers often overlook keen insights into fertility trends. The same caution applies to economists. For example, there's Harvard economist Edward Glaeser overlooking keen insights into Boston’s talent demography.[read more]

Don't Forget That This is About People

October 10, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

People and Urban Economics

When you build a park like the High Line in New York or Millennium Park in Chicago, you’re designing it to attract people. When you build a mall, you seek out anchor tenants, because you know they drive foot traffic. When you build a new neighborhood, you’re trying to create street life from scratch.[read more]


Explaining Civic Engagement in Two Equations

August 19, 2014 by Lisa Nisenson

Civic Engagement, Explained

Good public participation is anything but formulaic. However, certain well-developed equations can do a great deal to help better define the complicated nature of relationships among motivation, community planning, and civic action.[read more]

Study: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo lost USD 43 Billion from Traffic Congestion in 2013

Traffic and Economic Loss

Traffic congestion has wide ranging costs, from increasing stress and pollution levels to wasting commuters’ time. A new study released by the Industry Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) confirms that traffic congestion has tremendous economic costs as well.[read more]


WEBCAST: Jeremiah Owyang on Sustainability and the Collaborative Economy

June 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jeremiah Owyang

The collaborative economy is a new buzzword about trends that are changing the way people interact with each other and do business, and it is claimed that it is a more sustainable model than the traditional one. Here to talk about this is Jeremiah Owyang, the Chief Catalyst and Founder of Crowd Companies, which focuses on how large companies tap the collaborative economy.[read more]


WEBCAST: The Bristol Pound and How to Create a Local Currency

December 30, 2013 by David Thorpe

Money printed for your city.

The Bristol Pound is an alternative currency designed to keep money within the local economy that's the most successful one of its kind in the world. It's possible to do just about everything using it. Manager Ciaran Mundy discusses the secrets of its success and gives tips on how to set one up.[read more]