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A sense of the temporary

September 20, 2016 by Robert Kwolek

There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington. This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city. Regular readers know...[read more]

How the National Park Service Should Evolve

August 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument / Conservation AllianceAs the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial, it’s time to look ahead and think about how America’s national parks should evolve over the next 100 years. A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) argues that the NPS will need to become far...[read more]

City planners, waste professionals breathe new life into fallen alleyways

July 7, 2016 by Waste Dive

Credit: Waterfront Partnerhip, Healthy Harbor InitiativeUrban alleys, once bursting with thick fruit trees and teams of kids kicking balls, are being choked out by rotting garbage, rats, and rusted barbed wire fringes.Some cities like Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver, and Baltimore are reclaiming these spaces, transforming...[read more]

Millennials Need to Rally Together on Housing Affordability

May 31, 2016 by Jillian Glover

Photo: Jen St.DenisAcross Vancouver, young people are breaking up with Vancouver. Whether it is by writing “Dear John” letters on personal blogs or ranting in the comments section of Vancity Buzz, some are abandoning the city for more affordable pastures. What puzzles me is that few, if any of these young people are getting...[read more]

Residential population densities compared

March 14, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

The following diagrams were taken from LSE’s Urban Age website. I’ve sorted them from lowest to highest peak residential population density. In each case I’ve also included the year of the dataset. It’s amazing how much these simple extrusion diagrams can tell you about the city. It also shows you that high population densities don’...[read more]

Top 20 Cities for Venture Capital Investment

February 2, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

The Martin Prosperity Institute here in Toronto recently published a new report that looks at worldwide venture capital investment by city. The report is called Rise of the Global Startup City. The data is from 2012, because that’s what was available from Thomson Reuters, so keep in mind that there might be some variation in the rankings if we were to look at more recent data. Some of the cities sit fairly close.[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

Tactical Pop-Up Urbanism for the Homeless

January 4, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Like many other cities, Baltimore has set a goal to end homelessness within 10 years. Baltimore will be near the end of this time-frame when yet another Mayor will be elected next year and there is no indication that homelessness in the city will end any time soon.[read more]

Christmas Markets as Place-Makers

December 28, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Pop-up installations are all the rage. What is more pop-up than an open air market? It is in the nature of such markets to be not there one day and there another, bringing additional people into public spaces.[read more]

Be a YIMBY, not a NIMBY

December 14, 2015 by Jillian Glover

#YIMBY (Yes In My BackYard) is a movement that seeks to create a more inclusive community by bringing together homeless citizens, residents and local businesses in a Pay-It-Forward initiative.[read more]

In São Paulo, School Children Work to Build a Neighborhood of Mobility for All

December 8, 2015 by The Global Grid

The project began during the World Cup (2014), with students mapping out locations they thought tourists would like, and creating and distributing brochures in three languages. They were able to get 50 supporters on Catarse (a crowdfunding site) providing R$ 3,670 (USD $1,178) in just 23 days, which financed the production of 2,000 brochures and 200 banners. In 2015, Caio was joined by another educator, Renata, to coordinate activities with the students.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle Initiatives in Asian Cities

December 7, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Today, seven of the world’s ten most populous cities are located in the Asia-Pacific region: Beijing, Delhi, Dhaka, Kolkata, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo. These mega-cities are generators of wealth and hubs for innovation and cultural activities. On the downside, these cities continue to harbour poverty and environmental disasters.[read more]