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Should Switzerland adopt an unconditional basic income guarantee?

May 26, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

On June 5, 2016, Switzerland will become the first country to hold a national referendum on the introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income. The proposal is essentially an income guarantee that would ensure everyone in the country is paid a minimum after-tax amount of 2,500 Swiss francs per month.The idea is that this would replace...[read more]

Green industrial policy: a transition of values

May 24, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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Anna Pegels asks why the transformation to an economically and ecologically sustainable society is so difficult?***Western society has traditionally been characterized as a market economy, a system in which the market is meant to correct itself. It stands for liberalization, not regulation. Yet the market is not an end in itself, but...[read more]

Can transit-oriented development change travel behavior in cities?

It is pretty easy to understand how and why land use patterns around public transit stations can influence the way we move around the city.As more and more people live and work in a neighborhood with a limited land area, it becomes increasingly challenging to drive around without encountering congestion or to find a parking space...[read more]

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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 24, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

Making industrial policy relevant again

April 20, 2016 by Charles Arthur
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"There is only one measure of success: are you exporting something different than you were five years ago?” a bald man billows across the conference hall.The most recent industrial policy conference in Madagascar spanned two days and consisted of experts and academics promoting new models on the micro-foundations of innovation or the...[read more]

Population growth across North American cities

April 17, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

The Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University recently published the following chart on their blog:It’s a look at population growth across a few North American cities, broken down according to natural increases, net internal migration from other parts of the respective country, and net immigration from outside...[read more]

2 new ways to think about economic inequality

April 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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We talk a lot about economic inequality these days. We worry, among other things, that our successful cities are becoming playgrounds for the rich and that housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable for the middle class.Without negating the importance of things such as attainable housing, I’d like to offer up two, potentially new,...[read more]

The long road to resilient cities in Africa

April 7, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The need to build climate & disaster resilience in cities – Project example in Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)  My journey to Ibadan, Nigeria supporting the World Bank’s - Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) gave me an opportunity to reflect the challenges of such infrastructure projects and the...[read more]

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Sustainable Streets, PlaNYC2030 Initiative and Bicycle Safety

April 7, 2016 by John Tucker

The world knows New York as a place for foot traffic, and that’s undoubtedly true. But pedestrians and cyclists used to get a much tougher break in The Big Apple. During the last ten years, there have been unprecedented efforts to make Manhattan and greater New York City a safer place for people who choose to travel in the most environmentally sustainable ways — by foot, by bike, and in clean mass transit.[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]

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Smart Ways To Partner On Environmental Causes

March 13, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Government entities are entering into several types of partnerships with the private sector. Many of these partnerships are set up to conserve resources and sustain the environment. The job is simply too big for these two groups to accomplish on their own. The challenge for a government agency, however, is to manage the request for...[read more]

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Exploring the Popularity and Positive Aspects of RVing

February 18, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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RVing is a great American pastime that’s as popular as ever – especially since gas prices dropped. Traveling by RV instantly takes you back to the heyday of American road trips when the highway system was new and people were experiencing a new sense of freedom.[read more]