David Staples: We must find new ways for our neighbourhoods to thrive
To improve Edmonton’s Jane Jacobs test grading the city’s zoning laws must move away from single-use to mixed-use neighborhoods. #JaneJacobsTest #YEG @edmontonjournal
Expansion in the Christian Resource Centre’s Food Centre facility helping to mitigate food insecurity, prevent nutrition-related health issues and reduce social exclusion. #ChristianResourceCentre #CommunityFoodCentresCanada @toronotist
The design of the city has ensured that New Yorkers make walking a daily part of their commute throughout the city. As a result of this and other changes, poor residents of New York have reported higher life spans than those of poor Americans in other States. #BloombergPolicies #NYCpublichealth @nytimes
Experts share their insights on the role of business in building water-resilient cities, obstacles to sponge city designs, and water security. #spongecities #business @guardian
Rochester Mayor seeks to help 33% of households living below the federal poverty line by supporting the creation of cooperatively owned businesses in the city’s most distressed neighborhoods. #poverty #workercooperative @NextCityOrg
Fatal shootings highlight problematic police response to mental illness. Better response may require more than just training. #mentalhealth #policeresponse @vicenews
Gravity Payments CEO sets a $70,000 minimum salary by slashing his own million-dollar pay package. The move attracts new clients amid mixed reactions. #incomeinequality @nytimesbusiness
Nissan's producing a new version of cars known as Nissan New Mobility Concepts, being tested in San Francisco and already available for rentals. #transport @entrepreneur
Bendale Business and Technical Institute has Canada’s first school-based market garden and can act as a model for other schools across the country. #schoolgardens #education @torontostar
Small and medium-sized energy enterprises are often best placed to adopt and tailor solutions to a local context; they understand the pitfalls and have a deeper understanding of what their community’s needs might be. #smallenterprises #energyschemes @FuturesCentre
Many U.S educators concerned with their job security as new method looks at student-growth percentile (SGP) or value-added modeling (VAM) #SGP #VAM @slate
D.C Central Kitchens has launched a new program called Healthy Corners to help convenience store owners overcome the challenges associated with providing fresh food products, such as storage space, required stock size purchases and refrigeration costs. #HealthyCorners #food
Researchers found that when the wealthiest 20 percent see their share of income rise by one percent, the economy grows 0.08 percentage points slower over the next five years. #Reaganomics #Economy @INETeconomics
31.8% of those killed by police officers are black: A wakeup call for the US government regulations and policies. #blacklivesmatter #regulations
Water use in the United States is declining across all sectors, despite a growing population. Is new water pumping facility still in need? #wateruse #debatable
Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology proposes ways in which revenue from congestion charging can be used to the benefits of commuters who choose cycling against driving. @Citylab
In 2014, 85 percent of U.S. adults identified themselves as ‘middle class’, a figure that has not been altered since 1939; the separation is clear when it comes to family structure, education, lifestyle, and geography. #uppermiddleclass #socialclass @InequalityHKS
What it might look like to have brand new investment and in a community that can help both current and future residents. #gentrification #neighbourhoods @InequalityHKS
An estimated 75,000 state and federal prisoners in the United States are held in solitary confinement; most spend 23 or more hours a day in their cells. #solitaryconfinement #mentalillness @PaN_BES
Over 50% of the US population without access to the internet deliberately would not use the internet even if they get free access. A way to close this digital divide is by making digital life irresistible to them. #digitaldivide @washingtonpost
How blockchain is innovating and rebuilding public trust in India. #blockchain #FinTechValleyVizag @forbes
Technology companies partner with governments to help make traffic problems a thing of the past. #SmartCity #SidewalkLabs
The Facebook of social causes? New online network uses artificial intelligence to match people with information as a hope to finally get things done.
Why is wealth inequality important? Bill Gates takes a deeper look at Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Many of the housing challenges faced within American municipalities are not a problem of scarcity but rather of “learning how to live differently”.
Co-living spaces provide little benefit to their inhabitants or the communities they reside in.
As a growing number of countries debate the taxation of sugary drinks, Mexico provides a useful case study on how a sugar tax may be a useful strategy in combating obesity.
The stark climate boundary separating the United States' east from the dry west is rapidly shifting eastward. Such a change could have significant impacts on agriculture and farming.
New study looks at employers’ attitudes toward hiring disabled persons; employers were about 34% less likely to show interest in a disabled candidate.
New study on Millennials’ driving habits looks at why they are driving less than previous generations. Changing demographic/economic factors and attitudes are partly to blame.
How can trees help us learn? A recent study links trees to stronger academic performance.
Researcher looks to make a universally accepted standard to measure the effectiveness of reshaping streets and roads to safely accommodate pedestrians and bikes.
The boosterist, agglomeration model of local economies has neglected inner-city areas. This “boomgoggling”occurs when an enterprise zone or infrastructure project is expected to lead to a wide-spread economic boom despite lack of suggestive evidence.
Workplace diversity is associated with increased sales and revenue as well as greater profitability and innovation. Despite this, professional environments remain relatively homogenous.
According to the OECD, governments should invest in areas such as education and transportation in order to maximize the benefits of migration and decrease the burden on public services.
City of Vienna optimizes municipal resources and public spaces for women. A strategic approach to city design, landscaping, lighting, and transportation improves safety and accessibility.
SBS Health System has designed a 450,000 square-foot complex specifically designed to expand affordable housing and increase health and wellness among low-income residents.
Immigrants account for a quarter of US entrepreneurs and these numbers are expected to grow.
Study finds Walmart outsources approx. $6.2 billion in labour costs onto taxpayers.
Police in Gloucester, Massachusetts decided to no longer arrest drug users who approached them seeking help, instead assigning them personal guides whose goal was to help them begin the process of recovery.
The Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (ORCA) offers a model for how cities can own the responsibility for the reintegration of their returning incarcerated citizens.
Cities have acknowledged that good nutrition is key to a productive population, whilst the urban poor are spending about 70% of their income on food.
The United States Supreme Court rules that police relegating minorities to poor areas violates the Fair Housing Act.
Brussels launches the “Fix My Street” platform, allowing citizens to easily report public space issues. Since its launch, over 8,000 people have used the app to report over 26,000 incidents.
Study looking at travel time between home and school finds that where students live affects their school choice. Less than half of students attend their closest school.
According to researchers, 16% of a housing unit’s is due to parking costs. This amounts to $1700 a year for the average renter.
Richard Florida speaks to how policing should shift its focus from reducing visible signs of community decay to tackling domestic disputes in order to deter crime.
A growing number of suburban tech company campuses are being redeveloped to allow for employees to live, work and play in the same geographical area. This is part of their strategy to retain talent.
Munir A. Sheikh, the former chief statistician of Canada, argues that the evidence that immigration improves living standards is lacking. He argues that the success of immigrants in Canada is dependent on immigration policy, policy execution, complementary policies, and labour market mismatch. We need to explore how one or a few of these critical factors are failing immigrants and the immigration system as a whole.