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Tag Archives: Cities

June 25, 2017
Killing the City Won’t Save the Small Town
The American Conservative

To address the problem of the rural-urban divide, we have to understand what drives it. Why can some coastal cities seemingly do no wrong, while interior cities can’t seem to do anything right?

June 13, 2017
Philadelphia’s Alternative to Gentrification
Yes Magazine

Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places. Walljasper650px.jpg

June 8, 2017
June 5, 2017
The Airport of the Future: A Self-Contained City
Fast Company Design

As the number of people flying is projected to reach 7.3 billion by 2034, airports and airlines will need to find ways to expand while competing globally. According to the designers we spoke with, one of the best ways to do that is to turn airports into self-contained cities.

June 4, 2017
Seattle Denser than 90% of US Cities
Seattle Transit Blog

There’s been a good deal of recent attention to Seattle’s continued growth spurt. The Upshot column in the New York Times points out that we’re also one of the few cities that is growing denser as we add population.

How to Design a Vertical City for Kids
Tree Hugger

In many successful North American cities the cost of housing is going up and the suburban house with a yard is an unaffordable dream. Others want to live close to work, close to amenities and transit.

To Resist Trumpism, Cities Must Look Within
New York Times

Long before the nation’s attention turned to the investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, the president’s discriminatory and divisive policies and rhetoric were drawing intense criticism — and cities were being lauded as leaders of the resistance against them.

May 25, 2017
NLC’s State of the Cities 2017
National League of Cities

National League of Cities’ annual State of the Cities report is a content analysis of mayors’ own words. It identifies top-level issues, such as economic development and infrastructure, and specific policies, such as workforce training and transit in 120 mayoral speeches.

Bjarke Ingels Makes Impossible Concrete
Smithsonian Magazine

The architect of the future is running late—not just a few minutes sorry-to-keep-you-waiting behind schedule, but so catastrophically, are-you-really-still-here? late that when Bjarke Ingels finally shows up, it’s with a raspy plea for sympathy

What 120 Mayors Say About the State of the City
Next City

From Omaha, Nebraska, to Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C., most U.S. mayors’ top concerns during the past year were the usual suspects: economics, housing, infrastructure, healthcare and education, according to an analysis from the National League of Cities.

Cities Will Be Salvation of the Country
Penn Live

“In this national and international time of insecurity and instability, I truly believe that cities will be the salvation of this country in the end.”

May 23, 2017
Are America’s Cities Running out of Room?

A shortage of homes for sale has bedeviled U.S. house hunters in recent years, so why don’t builders build more? One problem is that they’re running out of lots to build on—at least in the places that people want to live.

Reformists Set to Control Iran’s Major Cities

Reformists are set to control city councils in Iran’s major cities, initial election results show, ending longstanding conservative dominance of local politics just days after moderate President Hassan Rouhani sailed to a second term.

Cologne Reinventing 21st Century
Urban Land Institute

Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, is facing a population challenge. In recent years, the “little big city on the Rhine” has grown faster than projected, with a current population exceeding 1 million.

May 22, 2017
Watch China’s Metro Systems Grow

Since 1990, China’s population has continued to grow and, more critically, to urbanize. As millions have left their rural communities for cities, it’s no wonder the country’s metro system has ballooned, too.

Detroit’s Streetcar Won’t Save the City
Wired Magazine

Something crazy is happening in Detroit, something not seen since 1956: Streetcars are running downtown. The QLine takes riders on a 25-minute jaunt down Woodward Avenue, from a central business district, through gentrified Midtown, to the river, a pleasant 3.3-mile ride past football, baseball, and, soon, hockey and basketball stadiums.

May 21, 2017
Colleges Were Built to Get Students Out of Cities
Time Magazine

In 1883, Charles F. Thwing, a minister with deep interest in higher education, published a study of American colleges. In his chapter 3, entitled “Morals,” he asserted that a significant number of city-bred college students “are immoral on their entering college” because the city environment has “for many of them been excellent preparatory schools for […]

May 17, 2017
Why Cities Tinker with New Planning Models
University of Arizona News

UA researcher Philip A. Stoker explains why cities are trying different urban planning models, with some emphasizing reinvestments in the urban core.

For Clean Water We Need to Invest in Infrastructure

As one of my NRDC colleagues mentioned on Monday, this week is Infrastructure Week – a national event that uses education and advocacy to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue affecting all Americans.

Detroit’s Streetcar and Rise of Urban Philanthropy
Inside Philanthropy

Detroit, a city with a fraught relationship with transit, just got a downtown streetcar. After years of complex administrative and funding hurdles, the QLine recent opened, an impressive achievement and one many hope will be a catalyst for economic and transit-oriented development.


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