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Designing New Water-Smart Parks: Two Stories From California

April 27, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the eighth installment in a series of 20 posts.When it comes to green infrastructure, the easiest parks to work with are new ones —...[read more]

Vertical City Concept : How to Live a Sustainable Life

April 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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You might be wondering how to live a sustainable life. People are starting to look to the vertical city concept as a solution to this growing and unavoidable problem.[read more]

Urban Growth and Sustainable Cities

April 11, 2016 by Dean Saitta

Guest Post by Ray McNealRay McNeal spent the majority of his career in the real estate industry. Throughout his career, he became fascinated with the concept of sustainable development. He is currently a blogger whose focus is the benefits of sustainable development in today’s cities. U.S. cities are currently undergoing...[read more]

Want Pollinators? Plant Trees

March 29, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Thanks to widespread efforts to raise awareness of the large declines in bee and Monarch butterfly populations, most people are aware of the need to protect pollinators.  Monarch butterfly populations have declined 90% in the last 20 years. Bees and other pollinators are in trouble too. Primary causes of the drastic declines in...[read more]

Prerequisites for a successful pedestrian-only street

March 28, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

A few of us had a really great discussion on Twitter recently about pedestrian-only streets. It was kicked-off by a tweet about Spark Street Mall in Ottawa, which many argue needs a rethink.One of the comments was that a lot of people tend to overvalue their worth. And I will admit that I am probably one of those people. If you’ve ever...[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

10 Parks That Changed America

March 22, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago and featuring Geoffrey Baer, the show identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America’s early settlers to the present day. In a preview at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Baer...[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]

Towers in Communities: How High is Too High?

March 9, 2016 by Jillian Glover
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My Vancouver east side neighbourhood of Commercial Drive was featured in the media recently for opposing another “high-rise” tower.  Commercial Drive is well-loved, walkable, family-friendly neighbourhood that is an edgy mix of single-family homes, low-rise apartments, social housing that surrounds a funky retail street....[read more]

Gordon Price on how Vancouver became a Livable City

February 26, 2016 by Jillian Glover

image A This City Life reader from Los Angeles recently contacted me to ask about Gordon Price, specifically wanting to know who he was and his role in Vancouver. This presentation that Gordon gave at Creative Mornings in 2013 instantly came to mind.[read more]

City-wide e-scooter share launched in ChiaYi, Taiwan

February 24, 2016 by Wayne Gao
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Imagine an “individualized” public transit system where reliable electric-powered bikes/scooters are available for use within walking distance in a city.[read more]