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How Design and Mobility Create Safer Cities for All

November 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

If we design places that are safely accessible by children—the most vulnerable users of the road—we will improve safety and quality of life for all. Dense development, small blocks, connected streets, and mixed use will make for a safe and sustainable city.[read more]

Raleigh Piloting New Hospitality District to Address Downtown Noise Concerns

November 12, 2015 by The Global Grid

In response to the increasing volume of noise complaints in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, city council launched a one-year pilot program called the Glenwood South Hospitality District. The district will be responsible for enforcing the city’s new noise ordinance and mediating complaints among the growing number of nightclubs, restaurants and bars in the district.[read more]

From Parking Lot to Hot Spot in Milwaukee

November 11, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

On a brisk autumn evening in late October, the city of Milwaukee celebrated its newest, most unexpected, and most unconventional public space with a community Harvest extravaganza.[read more]

Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities

November 11, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

According to the World Bank’s data, approximately 73 percent of Turkey’s population now lives in cities; and in 2030, this percentage is expected to exceed up to 80 percent. As the nation’s people migrate to cities, they continue to fill roads, jobs, houses, parks, and bring their personal vehicles. A lot of this growth is good, contributing to industry, new construction, improved transportation, and increased demand for food and energy which stimulate the economy.[read more]

How to Build a City for Children

November 3, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Cities can provide children with a more active lifestyle, access to great amenities, reduced energy and goods consumption, exposure to diversity and better family connections. But, how do we create a city that meets the needs of children and families?[read more]

Meet Your Neighbors, Change the World

November 2, 2015 by Shareable .

She’s lived in the same house for three years and trades produce over the fence with one of her neighbors, but doesn’t know many of her other neighbors. But with the arrival of a new baby, my friend yearns for the sort of neighborhood she grew up in—where everyone looks out for each other –and is wondering how to go about building relationships with more of her neighbors.[read more]

REI Stuns the Retail World By Closing On Black Friday

October 28, 2015 by Shareable .

Outdoor retail cooperative REI just stunned the world by announcing it will close all of its 143 stores for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. On that day, the coop will pay employees to go outside. Part of the company’s #OptOutside campaign, the closure aims to inspire others to move away from the absurd levels of consumerism that have come to define the day.[read more]

Suburb Reaps Benefits by Combining High School with Senior Center

October 23, 2015 by Shareable .

In most suburban communities across the United States, much of the urban landscape is stratified. Not only are Americans separated by race and income; increasingly, they are separated by age.[read more]

Portland Aquaponics Business Sells Live Microgreens via CSA

October 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

You get your basil, arugula and/or a mix of spicy salad greens, but in a unique twist subscribers to the CSA also receive trays of live microgreens, which they can snip off to eat when it suits them. Möbius sells its microgreens live to avoid nutrient loss, spoilage, and waste.[read more]

Harvard’s “Black in Design” Conference: Addressing Social Injustice with Design

October 21, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The student organizers argued that addressing social injustice through design starts with two steps: revealing “the histories of under-represented groups in design,” and acknowledging that designers have a responsibility to “repair our broken built environment.”[read more]

Cities Around the World Celebrate International Walk to School Day

This past Wednesday (October 7) marked the celebration of the fifteenth annual International Walk to School Day. Schools in more than 40 countries across the globe participated in the event—including the U.S., Turkey, Brazil and China—encouraging students to walk with friends or parents to school instead of taking private vehicles.[read more]

State of Emergency for Housing and Homelessness in Portland and City Club Affordable Housing Forum

October 6, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has declared a state of emergency for housing and homelessness in the city. With a vacancy rate of 2.5-3.2%, less than half of that in a healthy housing market, and a 30% increase in rents in that last 5 years, it certainly feels like a state of emergency to everyone from the homeless to the working poor to artists and even to middle class professionals.[read more]