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State of Emergency for Housing and Homelessness in Portland and City Club Affordable Housing Forum

October 6, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has declared a state of emergency for housing and homelessness in the city. With a vacancy rate of 2.5-3.2%, less than half of that in a healthy housing market, and a 30% increase in rents in that last 5 years, it certainly feels like a state of emergency to everyone from the homeless to the working poor to artists and even to middle class professionals.[read more]

Smog One Day, Blue Skies the Next: Beijing Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

For the first time in a long time, the color of Beijing’s sky was a perfect azure blue.[read more]


Growing Your Garden and Other Great Ways to Go Green

September 23, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Do you know why the veggies you get from the farmers’ market taste so much better than the veggies you buy at the store? Because more often than not, the veggies you get at the farmer’s market are much fresher than the veggies you purchase at the grocery store.[read more]

Why We Should Reframe America's Approach to Pollution

September 21, 2015 by David Levinson

Instead of addressing pollution through a regulatory regime, we should use pollution charges to allow the market to allocate the scarce resource of clean air, water, and land. A levy would be imposed on polluters proportionate to their pollution.[read more]

U.S. Surgeon General Pushes for Walkable Communities

September 10, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

At a press conference to launch a new campaign for walkable communities, the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said only half of Americans get enough physical activity to reduce their risk of heart disease and diabetes. Adults need 22 minutes of moderate activity each day, or about 150 minutes a week, at a minimum.[read more]

Why We Need Trees in Our Cities

September 1, 2015 by Shane Carpani

Trees significantly improve the livability of urban areas. In this article, we outline the main benefits that mature urban trees offer our cities.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

The Urban Organic Community Farm That Supplies the Second Largest Pantry in Indianapolis

July 22, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Urban kids learning how to grow food

A stone’s throw from an interstate, where loud semis and cars find their way in and out of the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis’ heart, is Indy Urban Acres. This eight-acre tract of organic farmland is conspicuously, yet unexpectedly, located on the eastside of Indianapolis on 21st Street.[read more]

Why Urban Homesteading Could Be a Key to More Livable, Resilient Cities

July 21, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Growing food in the city

The Urban Homesteader shows urbanites how to produce their own food through a web series, how-to materials and a skill-sharing platform. It's been chosen as part of a select group of campaigns to launch Indiegogo's new sustainability initiative, which shines a spotlight on social innovation projects.[read more]

From Ideas to Implementation: Creating Sustainable Cities with Good Governance

Leadership: as easy as riding a bike?

How do we make cities work for people? Through From ideas to implementation: creating sustainable cities with good governance will look at two Brazilian cities—Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo—to explore the key governance gaps in urban planning, law, public policy, and institutions.[read more]

7 Developments Showing that Encouraging Walking is Climbing the Policy Agenda

July 8, 2015 by Shareable .

Walking is gathering pace.

Walking is quickly being recognized in North America and beyond as an effective prescription for health, a convenient means of transportation, a great way to meet people, a smart strategy for saving money, and a lot of fun. Seven recent developments attest to this, including the upcoming 2nd National Walking Summit.[read more]

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]