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The Unsustainable Truth about Land Reclamation: The Worsening Impacts of Manila Bay Reclamation

December 2, 2016 by Don Johnson Lontoc

What happens when an urban project fuels alarming socio-environmental consequences? Disaster. This is what Metro Manila, a coastal megacity, and its Bay Reclamation Plan are going through.[read more]

Portland, OR voters green light $258M affordable housing measure

November 15, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Facing a shortage of more than 23,000 affordable housing units, voters in Portland, OR, have approved a $258.4 million bond (Measure 26-179) that will fund construction of 1,300 such units, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. To help pay for the measure, property taxes will also increase 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed...[read more]

Finding our way together in an unpredictable future

November 10, 2016 by Joe Nickol

This week’s United States elections ushered in a new level of unpredictability and another reminder of the widespread structural changes to business as usual that are underway. But a countervailing force also seems to be gaining momentum. Perhaps fittingly, we also saw this past week the third installment in as many months a small town’s determination to determine its own fate to attract investment and create hope that cuts through divisiveness and might be shared by all. Here, we see great cause for optimism in our neighborhoods, towns and cities in the years ahead.[read more]

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How a bit of kindness can help the homeless and the environment in Hong Kong

November 7, 2016 by William Ng

How a group of volunteers led by Jeff Rotmeyer of Impact HK are helping the homeless in Hong Kong.[read more]

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
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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
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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]