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Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day

November 16, 2015 by The Global Grid

On a sunny afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered to transform a metered parking space into a temporary pop-up park.[read more]

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 13, 2015 by Shareable .

The outdoor music and light installation allows passersby to stroll among virtual orchestra sections represented by various lights, pulsating to the rhythm and beat of classical works of music.[read more]

Raleigh Piloting New Hospitality District to Address Downtown Noise Concerns

November 12, 2015 by The Global Grid

In response to the increasing volume of noise complaints in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, city council launched a one-year pilot program called the Glenwood South Hospitality District. The district will be responsible for enforcing the city’s new noise ordinance and mediating complaints among the growing number of nightclubs, restaurants and bars in the district.[read more]

From Parking Lot to Hot Spot in Milwaukee

November 11, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

On a brisk autumn evening in late October, the city of Milwaukee celebrated its newest, most unexpected, and most unconventional public space with a community Harvest extravaganza.[read more]

Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities

November 11, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

According to the World Bank’s data, approximately 73 percent of Turkey’s population now lives in cities; and in 2030, this percentage is expected to exceed up to 80 percent. As the nation’s people migrate to cities, they continue to fill roads, jobs, houses, parks, and bring their personal vehicles. A lot of this growth is good, contributing to industry, new construction, improved transportation, and increased demand for food and energy which stimulate the economy.[read more]

How to Build a City for Children

November 3, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Cities can provide children with a more active lifestyle, access to great amenities, reduced energy and goods consumption, exposure to diversity and better family connections. But, how do we create a city that meets the needs of children and families?[read more]

10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement

October 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Participation

As more people choose to live in cities, local governments find themselves facing increasingly complex issues in city-making. Demands for affordable housing and public transit, or tensions around gentrification and density are just some of the more high-profile critical conversations our cities need.[read more]

There’s No Place Like Home: Civic Plaza Becomes the Heart of Albuquerque’s Community

October 14, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

On a warm evening in late September, a crowd of Albuquerqueans gathered in Civic Plaza for “Food Friday” – a weekly event where community members come together to enjoy craft beer and food from local chefs and food trucks. Nearby, hundreds of eager film fans congregated around an army of folding chairs and blankets, all in anticipation of the city’s first large-screen showing of The Wizard of Oz in over twenty years.[read more]

Toronto’s Park People: Making Sense of Community Engagement in the Parks Business

October 13, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Involving citizens and communities in the process of managing city parks may represent a new way of doing business for public park agencies, but it is an increasing necessity to have a constituency that supports and advocates for what the agency does. How a parks department is organized to accept and use different kinds of resources – including funding and volunteer support – will require unprecedented collaboration between the networks of public, private, and philanthropic actors, with a strong community base. Cities across the U.S. are coming to understand this, and so are some of our neighbors to the north.[read more]

Why is Cebras por la Vida Important for Bogotá?

October 1, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Designing and building a city thought the eyes of pedestrians’ needs brings dignity and quality to urban life. Cebras por la Vida is an effort to bring back the fun and the seriousness to the process of reclaiming our city[read more]

Three Cities Broadcasting Free Wi-Fi and Why This Is a Good Thing

September 7, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

The internet has rapidly changed the way that people connect with others, work, and live. Cities–like Taipei, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo–are catering to this widespread demand for internet by broadcasting free Wi-Fi.[read more]

Repost: 15 Genius Tips for Living in Small Spaces

August 25, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves and Gardenista and her husband live together in seriously small quarters—a 240-square-foot studio, to be exact. She agreed to share her surprising tips about how to make it work (and not drive each other crazy)…[read more]