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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

September 20, 2013
A Necessary War With Garbage Trucks
The Atlantic Cities

Sustainable waste management has a rather zen mantra: it’s not just where the trash goes — it’s how it gets there.

September 19, 2013
Will Allen Will Speak in Muncie on Urban Farming
Muncie Star Press

An urban farmer from Milwaukee who was named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine will be the featured speaker at this year’s free Living Lightly Fair.

September 18, 2013
Boston Tops Rankings of Energy Efficient Cities
National Geographic

Though legislation to promote energy efficiency remains in a holding pattern in the U.S. Senate, there was a glimmer of good news on American cities’ efforts to achieve energy savings on their own.

September 17, 2013
Behind Georgia’s War on Trees
Mother Jones

Georgia is a strange place. As Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy has explained, the next senator from the state is likely to be nuts.

September 16, 2013
Utah’s Bad Air Alerts Actually Increase Driving
Planetizen

Call it the law of unintended consequences. Alerts of “bad air days” that ask motorists in the Wasatch Front to reduce driving had the opposite effect, prompting some residents to drive away from lowlands to the mountains where air may be healthier.

September 15, 2013
Deadly 1,000 Year Floods Hit Colorado
Grist

Biblical hell has broken out in Colorado, where more than six inches of rain fell in 24 hours, contributing to flash floods that killed at least three people.

20 Best Quotes About Sustainable Cities
Urban Times

It’s been almost four years since our first post on Tumblr, and that first post was a quote. Since then we’ve shared hundreds of our favourite quotes about sustainable cities, compiling a list of our favourites over two years ago.

Beijing Subway Riders Rewarded for Recycling
The Transit Wire

Beijing has introduced bottle recycling on one of its subway lines. For every empty plastic bottle they insert into the reverse vending machines, commuters receive between five fen and one jiao on their commuter passes.

September 12, 2013
The Real Impact of Food Waste
Urban Times

We’ve all been known to leave a bag of salad or a block of cheese at the back of the fridge until it grows a little eco-system.

Big Plans for Houston’s Memorial Park
Houston Chronicle

Landscape architect Thomas Woltz, 45, is the owner and principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz, the firm that has been selected to create a long-range master plan for Memorial Park.

September 11, 2013

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