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Urban Planning "Games" A Novel Approach to an Old Problem

How do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a game?[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]

Lanes and Sharrows and Buffers…Oh My! Four Types of Bike Lanes Explained

June 6, 2016 by Jessica Soulliere

Chances are, you’ve noticed new street markings popping up on roads in and around your community: arrows with a bicyclist below, striped lanes with a bicyclist in the middle, or even plastic poles next to bike lanes. If you’re like most people, these markings raise more questions than they answer. Are they pointing me to where I can ride...[read more]

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Can Sustainability and Safety Keep Pace With Progress?

June 2, 2016 by Michael Guajardo

Texas has the nation’s fastest-growing population. Last year, 466 people moved to Texas every single day. Many of the move-ins are coming to Dallas, and the never-ending construction in our city reflects our efforts to accommodate this burgeoning population.[read more]

Using Funding From Water Agencies to Help Parks

May 25, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the eighteenth installment in a series of 19 posts.Some city water agencies financially reward park agencies for collecting...[read more]

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Is Offshore Wind Power a Solution to the Fossil Fuel Crisis?

May 23, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Our world has depended heavily on fossil fuels since the development of the automobile. Unfortunately, we are discovering more and more that they pose serious dangers to our environment. Fossil fuels are also a nonrenewable resource, so global leaders are looking for alternative energy sources. Offshore wind power is a new concept that...[read more]

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/FlickrUrbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of...[read more]

Designing New Water-Smart Parks: Two Stories From California

April 27, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the eighth installment in a series of 20 posts.When it comes to green infrastructure, the easiest parks to work with are new ones —...[read more]

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Learn From Flint: Solidify Water Infrastructure With These 5 Fixes

April 22, 2016 by David Schwartz

The Flint, Michigan, water crisis was a tragedy: horrible, yet avoidable. After years of using water from nearby Lake Huron, the city switched to the Flint River, in essence polluting its own water supply.Several factors contributed to the catastrophe — chief among them were a budget crisis, minimal state monitoring, and an antiquated...[read more]

Urban Growth and Sustainable Cities

April 11, 2016 by Dean Saitta

Guest Post by Ray McNealRay McNeal spent the majority of his career in the real estate industry. Throughout his career, he became fascinated with the concept of sustainable development. He is currently a blogger whose focus is the benefits of sustainable development in today’s cities. U.S. cities are currently undergoing...[read more]

What Pike Place Teaches us about Place Governance

April 8, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Pike Place Market in Seattle is a leading example of how intentional governance can help vibrant urban spaces reach their potential as platforms for innovation. John Turnbull sat down for an interview to tell us more about the market and the role of the Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) in its operation.[read more]

Tech Updates : How to Design a Stormwater Drainage System

March 24, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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Since this time, engineers have searched for better methods and environmental scientists have been seeking alternative designs that will collect, treat and move the storm water after the snow melts or a rainstorm occurs.[read more]