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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Tag Archives: Cities

August 7, 2017
August 3, 2017
Basic Principals for a New Mobility Strategy
World Streets

The shift from old to new mobility is not one that turns its back on the importance of high quality mobility for the economy and for quality of life for all. It is not and should not be seen as a step down in terms of life quality.

Digital Transformation is Like Urban Planning
Harvard Business Review

Most companies want their businesses to keep pace with digital startups, but end up bogged down by the need to fix the daily challenges that their decades-old IT systems create.

Seattle Leads the Way in ‘Go Local’ Politics
Christian Science Monitor

Seattle is trying to tackle income inequality one local move at a time – and becoming a case study in how cities are testing liberal policies that lack traction at the state or federal level.

August 1, 2017
Interview with Dan Savage, Part 1: Why Cities
The Urbanist

A well-known pundit, sex columnist, LGBT activist, and Editorial Director of The Stranger, Dan Savage frequently writes about housing from an urbanist perspective. On a bright Saturday afternoon, I sat down with Dan Savage to talk about urbanism.

July 25, 2017
Building Codes for Bacterial Cities
Quanta Magazine

Biofilms are bacterial fortresses, but understanding how hydrodynamics and competition shape their architecture could reveal their subtle weaknesses.

July 24, 2017
July 19, 2017
The Essential Urbanist Reading List
The Urbanist

Have you questioned what truly underlies your beliefs and understandings in how cities best function? Does your educated knowledge and rational understandings of the urban supplant that of others living within our urban spaces?

July 11, 2017
Congress to Rethink City Investments
Next City

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI 5th District) announced today that he is starting a new congressional forum to rethink how national policymakers invest in cities.

What are Actually Cities Greatest Risks?
City Observatory

A couple of weeks back, Politco, the wonky-insider beltway news source queried a dozen of the nation’s urban thought leaders about the biggest crises facing cities in the years ahead. “What’s the greatest risk that cities face?

What Actually is a Good City?
The Conversation

Our cities have now been named as the saving places of a planet in crisis. And yet we cannot decide on the principles that make for a good city. Everybody has a view, but some views are more sustainable than others.

LA a Virtual Lock to Win Olympic Games
Los Angeles Times

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday approved an unusual proposal to name two winners in the Summer Games bidding race between Los Angeles and Paris.

July 10, 2017
July 9, 2017
How Cities Can Respond to Autonomous Changes
Joshua Karlin-Resnick

Hundreds of people from the automobile and technology industries are gathering at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco starting Monday to exchange notes and speculate about the ways autonomous vehicles might change our lives.

What Might Floating Cities in the Sea be Like
Public Radio International

The Seasteading Institute in California has an audacious mission: to establish floating societies that will “restore the environment, enrich the poor, cure the sick, and liberate humanity from politicians.”

Pennsylvania is Shrinking, Because Jobs are Elsewhere
Philadelphia Inquirer

Despite all the new pipelines to export natural gas, all of Philly’s many new start-up spaces and high-rise towers, and all the new warehouses in former factory regions upstate, Pennsylvania’s population is shrinking

July 4, 2017
What’s the Greatest Risk Cities Face?
Politico Magazine

We asked mayors, urbanists and other thinkers to name the biggest threats that cities currently face, and most took the long view—looking beyond Trump to challenges like urban broadband deserts, a shallow mayoral talent pool, crippling pension crises, and state or federal meddling.

Dispatches from the Urban Resistance
The Nation

Kakistocracies don’t fall in a day, and real democracies don’t rise in a year. But in the last month, cities have continued the hard work of loosening the right’s grip on power and building a future that isn’t so goddamn gloomy.

June 29, 2017
Bloomberg’s Big Check Spotlights the Promise and Limits of Cities
Inside Philanthropy

Bloomberg has long been something of a patron saint for the power of cities as leaders, especially when it comes to climate change. But lately, Mike’s city-centric vision has become suddenly more relevant—which explains Bloomberg Philanthropies’ major new grant program.

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

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