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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]

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]