BY LENA AFRIDI | OP-ED | OCTOBER 10, 2017 People were investing in their communities long before government intervened with its own notions of what “good economic development” looks like. Yet today, when we talk about models for strengthening the financial health of U.S. cities, we mostly … Continue reading Two Words Are Missing From the Economic Development Conversation
BY : KELSEY E. THOMAS | OCTOBER 11, 2017 Despite the image of clean air, green backyards and fresh food often associated with leaving a dense urban core for more spread-out surroundings, new research finds that city dwellers are actually healthier — and happier — than … Continue reading Researchers Calculate the Healthiest City Density
By Susan Goldberg The world’s great metropolises will need to adapt to survive a huge growth. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/ This story appears in the October 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. In 1950 less than a third of the world’s people lived in cities. Today more than half do. By 2050 two-thirds … Continue reading What Will the City of the Future Look Like?
GAIL CORNWALL APR 29, 2016 The success of “joint use” programs in San Francisco and New York shows the benefits of opening schoolyards up to the local community. On a crisp, sunny Saturday morning in February, the yard surrounding San Francisco’s Alvarado Elementary School … Continue reading Playgrounds for All
LINDA POON DEC 13, 2016 A new project from Esri lays bare the geographic split between wealthy and lower-income neighborhoods. Across the metropolises of the United States, the middle class is shrinking. In 9 out of every 10 cities, the share of adults living in … Continue reading Mapping the Stark Rich-Poor Divide in Major U.S. Cities
LAURA BLISS – SEP 29, 2017 Pricey downtown streetcars like Detroit’s QLine underperform as transit—and can undermine overall mobility. But that isn’t stopping city after city from building new lines. A few weeks after the city of Detroit began charging riders a few bucks per ride … Continue reading Enough With the Streetcars Already
A parking lot and stretch of highway made from recycled toilet paper help move a portion of the sludge out of the wastewater stream. TIFFANY R. JANSEN – SEP 28, 2017 Maintaining cycling infrastructure is a matter of course in the Netherlands, a country boasting 35,000 … Continue reading The Netherlands Is Paving the Way in Toilet Paper Infrastructure