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Report: Affordable housing doesn't lower the value of nearby homes

November 30, 2016 by Construction Dive

A recent study questions the notion that the presence of affordable housing lowers the value of a neighborhood’s homes.[read more]

Regulatory Drivers of Green Infrastructure

November 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Why do we have green infrastructure? Is it simply a better way to manage stormwater in our cities – or are do regulatory drivers relating to stormwater discharges encourage its use? What are the impacts of our federal regulatory structure on market demands?All of these questions are related.If you live in a medium-sized city or town, you...[read more]

Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

November 10, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Larimer vision / Larimer ConsenusTo boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together. We need to focus on the ‘software’ of those communities,” argued architect Christine Mondor in a session at the 2016 GreenBuild in Los Angeles. Communities hard hit by...[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]

Car2Go Disinvesting in Low-Income Areas within the Twin Cities

November 4, 2016 by The Global Grid

Aside from the trend of the Nice Ride, a popular bike-sharing program, car-sharing businesses also bloom in the Twin Cities, like many others. Car-sharing is the practice of using one or more cars with other people. The practice is convenient for people who do not own cars and only need a ride for special occasions or...[read more]

Inching closer to climate goals, New York contracts for 300 EV charging stations

October 27, 2016 by Utility Dive

A New York Power Authority (NYPA) contract for 300 electric vehicle charging stations will move the state towards its goals of having 3,000 stations online by 2018 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.[read more]

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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

Chamber Musicians are Placemakers, too!

October 20, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

New Orleans street scene, 2012 | Image via Louisiana Division of the ArtsWhat do you get when you cross chamber music and placemaking? This is not a joke! The Sound Places program, the first of its kind, combines music, placemaking, and civic engagement by integrating musicians-in-residence into community life in Louisiana. Chamber Music...[read more]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

Battle for Bus Lanes: Prioritizing Chicago’s Public Transit

October 11, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) most iconic feature may be its mostly-elevated rail line system, however, its bus system is more widespread and more utilized.[read more]

On Urban Diaries: a 'Seeing the Better City' Prequel

October 5, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

Andy Boenau (@boenau) is a Richmond, Virginia planner who manages a go-to podcast about human-scale urban solutions.  His "on-air" questions are always designed to invoke practical hints and examples for listeners, and I track his topics and guests on a regular basis.  This week, I was both flattered and pleased to be featured...[read more]