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Does Knowing Your Neighbours Make You Happier?

May 12, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Knowing Your Neighbors

I am lucky to have good neighbors. If anything were to happen to my family or my home, I know I could ask these people for help and I have in the past. Having that security in my community makes me happy and I am not the only one who feels that way.[read more]

5 Tips to Get Your Clubhouse Right

February 22, 2015 by Canin Associates

Neighborhoods, Centers, and Planning

A clubhouse can be a neighborhood focal point and help attract new residents to the area. However, not all amenity centers are actually created equal. From functionality to the need for aesthetic appeal, here are five tips to make your clubhouse shine.[read more]

How Unlikely Neighborhoods Change

February 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Neighborhoods and Change

The interesting thing about Dovercourt Village — and specifically Geary Avenue — is that they seem like unlikely places for new investment. There’s a rail line and a set of power lines running through it. But if the buzz around Dovercourt Village proves to be true, then it could end up as a yuppy enclave in the city.[read more]

Verdun's First Microbrewery Reflects Gentrification of Montreal Neighbourhood

December 8, 2014 by The Global Grid

Montreal Gentrification

Often thought of as an impoverished working class neighborhood, the borough of Verdun in Montreal has been experiencing a renewal since the early 2000′s. This eclectic area contains ample waterfront property with bike paths, parks and recreational facilities.[read more]

Active Fiction Project Allows People to 'Choose Your Own Adventure' in Vancouver Neighbourhoods

December 5, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver and Neighborhood Activity Innovation

One of my favorite books was the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, where the author offered several options at key points in the story that would allow you to decide what happened next. If you visit Vancouver’s Main Street area, you can have the same experience while walking through a local neighborhood.[read more]

Does Urban Authenticity Matter?

November 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

How Important is Urban Truth?

What does it mean for a place to be authentic? What if some savvy developer created new blast furnaces and inserted them into their new neighborhood in order to simulate the feel of an old industrial steelworks? Would that change how you felt about the space and area?[read more]

The Urban Geography of Globalization: Global Neighborhoods

October 11, 2014 by Jim Russell

Globalization and Neighborhoods

I’m still chewing on Ryan Avent’s tweet about foreign real estate investment: “Housing in New York, London is attractive as an investment for outsiders because it’s scarce!” My read of his words, all else follows from the assumption that too much land use regulation makes the rent too damn high.[read more]

San Francisco's Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

September 8, 2014 by The Global Grid

Gentrification in the Mission


A walk through San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.”[read more]

Planning for Local and Liveable Neighborhoods in Melbourne

September 5, 2014 by This Big City

Melbourne Planning

Melbourne is a city defined by its suburbs. It is the distinct character of neighbourhoods from Footscray to Frankston that help Melbourne regularly sit near the top of world’s most liveable city rankings. But the quality of life provided by Melbourne’s suburbs comes at a price.[read more]

What should San Francisco do with the Tenderloin?

August 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Neighborhoods

Recently Priceonomics posted a piece on San Francisco’s 'rent explosion.' In it was an infographic showing the median rental rate for a one bedroom apartment in the city. The most obvious takeaway is that San Francisco is really expensive. Except in the Tenderloin.[read more]

What's In a Neighborhood?

August 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Neighborhood Identification

When I was working on my startup last year, one of the things we spent a bit of time figuring out was how to classify buildings according to neighborhood. Now, at first blush, this may seem like a fairly easy thing to do. But neighborhood boundaries and definitions aren’t as clear cut as you might think.[read more]

What We Like - and Don't Like - About Our Cities

July 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Liking and Not Liking City Life


American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a new study released last week by Sasaki Associates.[read more]