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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]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

What the red kite tells us about town centres

March 16, 2016 by Julian Dobson

For tourists visiting on a warm summer weekend it's idyllic: coastal paths alive with gorse and heather, seals basking in coves and maybe a seafood supper at a village restaurant. And many visitors decide to settle here, at the far end of Wales, as a respite from a fast and furious world. As the tourists see it...For those who do,...[read more]

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Smart Ways To Partner On Environmental Causes

March 13, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Government entities are entering into several types of partnerships with the private sector. Many of these partnerships are set up to conserve resources and sustain the environment. The job is simply too big for these two groups to accomplish on their own. The challenge for a government agency, however, is to manage the request for...[read more]

Gordon Price on how Vancouver became a Livable City

February 26, 2016 by Jillian Glover

image A This City Life reader from Los Angeles recently contacted me to ask about Gordon Price, specifically wanting to know who he was and his role in Vancouver. This presentation that Gordon gave at Creative Mornings in 2013 instantly came to mind.[read more]

The Secrets of a Comeback Neighborhood

February 22, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Each Mayor and city council would like to have access to a secret recipe that would wake up lackluster communities and neighborhoods from slumber and decline and turn them around so they become pleasant places that generate taxes and have happy residents.[read more]

A Visual Tour of Sustainable Urban Design Principles

February 3, 2016 by CC Huang

Our Prezi provides a visual tour of sustainable urban design, providing our rationale and key examples from China and around the world. While the 12 Green Guidelines were developed for use in China, they represent an emerging international consensus on sustainable urban development and could be used in any country.[read more]

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Greener Workplaces and How It’s Possible To Achieve Them

January 22, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Making your office more environmentally friendly or "green" is about more than simply being politically correct or keeping up with the latest worldwide trends; it's about contributing to the sustainability of your local community and environment, running a business that is more cost effective, and creating an increased sense of community in the working environment.[read more]