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Tag Archives: Cities

October 9, 2016
What Makes a Great City?
Houston Chronicle

Alexander Garvin flips through his new book, “What Makes a Great City,” until he reaches a section on Uptown Houston.

October 6, 2016
How Poetry Feeds Urban Life
The Guardian

The excitement and frustrations of city life have inspired poets from 18th-century Grub Street to the 50s Beats and modern-day rappers. But can poetry actually help us make cities better?

October 5, 2016
Is Your City at Risk? How Can it be Protected?
New Statesman

The importance of the city environment can’t be understated. Around 50-60 per cent of GDP is earned in urban centres. So it’s important that they’re not just able to deal with short-term risk, but also with the long-term risks involved in creating a sustainable economy for the people living in those cities.

October 3, 2016
What “Bloomberg Cities” Wished They Had Known
Next City

This fall, five cities from Latin America and the Caribbean will be chosen to receive funding to implement a new idea in the third round of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge. In preparation, Bloomberg released an update Monday on the first 10 winning cities’ projects.

September 27, 2016
September 26, 2016
It’s Time to Rethink How the World’s Cities Manage Traffic
City Metric

The social costs associated with private vehicles are immense. According to the World Health Organization, there were 1.3m traffic deaths globally in 2013, and somewhere between 20m and 50m people sustained traffic related injuries, with many becoming disabled.

September 22, 2016
Quito: Observations from an Urban Planner
The Planner

What can delegates attending Habitat III expect to find in Quito? Zoe Green sent us some observations on Ecuador’s capital, where she has been working with a client on an urban development program that aims to encourage resilience in cities across Latin America.

Brisbane Pushes Huge Development Without Housing
San Francisco Chronicle

The residents of sleepy little Brisbane are extremely excited about developing Baylands, a 684-acre site on the edge of town. In fact, they’ve been getting a little carried away.

U.S. Cities Push for Local Laws to Oversee Police Surveillance

A number of U.S. cities are introducing proposals to mandate community oversight of police use of digital surveillance technology as evidence mounts that black or poor neighborhoods are being more heavily scrutinized than others, civil rights activists said on Wednesday.

September 19, 2016
How Houston Does and Doesn’t Regulate Land Use
Market Urbanism

If you regularly read about cities, you might notice that Texas cities rarely seem to come up. The four urban behemoths of the Lone Star State—Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin—remain conspicuously absent from the conversation. Boy, has that changed.

September 18, 2016
A New Agenda for Cities Must Come From Cities
The Hill

Recently, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, wrote in The Hill that America needed a new agenda for cities. Contrary to the mayor’s suggestion, however, the new thinking needs to come not from Washington, D.C., but from the communities with a vested interest in their own success.

China Prepares to Build World’s Largest ‘Supercity’
Washington Post

130 million. That is the projection for the number of people who will live in the world’s largest city, a “supercity,” combining Beijing and neighboring Tianjin. The Beijing government wants to remain competitive with the other megacities of China.

September 15, 2016
We Don’t Have to Give In to Sprawl

It’s been a great couple of decades for America’s cities. Crime is down, real estate values are up relative to the suburbs, schools are improving, job growth is strong. But where are Americans actually moving? Still mainly to sprawling, car-dependent suburbs and exurbs.

September 13, 2016
Cities Should Have Greater Role In Managing Migration
Huffington Post Canada

National borders have become deadly barriers, rivaled only by war and natural disaster. Migrants who succeeded in crossing national borders are often disenfranchised and exploited. Can this problem be addressed by granting cities a greater role in managing migration?

September 12, 2016
September 11, 2016
U.S. Isn’t Suffering a Crime Surge, But Some U.S. Cities Are
New York Magazine

On Friday, the New York Times published the most comprehensive analysis of 2015’s homicide statistics to date. Its findings show that the U.S. as a whole is not suffering a significant surge in the incidence of murder — but a disconcerting number of its urban centers are.

Developer Jonathan Rose on “The Well Tempered City”

In his book The Well-Tempered City, developer Jonathan Rose examines the challenges facing cities around the globe and examines the history of the world’s most successful cities and fallen empires in an effort to prepare for the future.

September 8, 2016
90 Second Lesson in How Parking Kills Cities

Ottawa has been trying to reduce parking, and a year ago made this little 90 second video that delivers a lot of information in a humorous package. I missed it at the time, and the discussion might be over in Ottawa, but the video is really still relevant anywhere.

September 7, 2016
The Next Big-City Cycling Meccas

The 21st century is about cycling. And here’s where the story takes a new spin: this centuries-old sport is more than just one of the fastest growing in America. It’s also a force that is fundamentally changing the face of many U.S. cities.


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