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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

June 25, 2017
CEOs to Commuters: Take the Money and Walk
NRDC

Bosses are offering employees cold, hard cash to give up their “free” parking space at work. And it may be a win-win for everybody—including Mother Earth.

Chicago River Still Suffers From Bacteria-Ridden Storm Overflows
Chicago Tribune

The thunderstorms that swept across the city on a sultry July evening last year saturated Chicago’s aging sewers, draining off streets, parking lots and rooftops into an underground labyrinth that also carries sewage from households and factories.

We’re Not Ready for Extreme Heat Waves
Time

Heat waves are nothing new, but they have increased in frequency and severity in recent decades as a result of climate change. And each extreme heat event reveals another way our society simply isn’t built for such high temperatures, from transportation to agriculture.

Long Beach Becoming a Zero Emissions Port City
Cities Today

The port city of Long Beach in California, the second busiest container port in the US, has taken the country’s top climate protection award for its efforts to eventually reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero.

June 22, 2017
Can Louisville Save Floyds Fork?
Louisville Courier-Journal

Floyds Fork is at a defining moment as development pressure mounts. But it looks like the stream can’t take any more sewage plant effluent – in fact, substantial cuts appear needed to make it healthy.

How to Report Shops That Are Air Conditioning the Whole Block
Next City

It’s a common sight on hot summer days: The shop door open to customers, A.C. on, enough chilled air pouring out to create a small cold front. A new campaign aims to fix this wasteful practice with the universally beloved tactic of internet shaming.

Where Have All the City Butterflies Gone?
The Guardian

Butterflies are vanishing from cities even faster than in the countryside – from paving, pesticides or just plain heat. But some cities are luring them back.

Banking on the Value of Green Design
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Developers operating in a competitive marketplace see the appeal of sustainable design in attracting tenants.

June 21, 2017
The Water-Free Future of the Toilet
Quartz

With the world’s population ever-increasing, places that historically relied on water for sanitation may have to reconsider how they flush.

Intel, Bosch Team Up To Monitor Air Pollution
Internet of Business

Air pollution is a big topic at the moment, with key global cities taking steps to address the issue, such as banning cars from particular areas or at particular times of day. Some 7 million people worldwide died prematurely as a result of exposure to air pollution during 2012.

June 20, 2017
Why Asthma Is a Housing Issue
CityLab

A bill introduced to New York’s City Council would compel landlords to eradicate mold, vermin, and other asthma triggers that are particularly pervasive in low-rent units.

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