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16 days ago

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.

New Tech Campuses Blur Line Between Work and Home

sustainablecitiescollective.com

Imagine Cities

16 days ago

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.

How can immigration improve our standard of living? Add to ...

theglobeandmail.com

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16 days ago

BART rolled out new trains in 2016. Check out what went into making design decisions for the new trains: "people hate sitting between strangers. They hate having to make eye contact."

The Hidden Art of Designing Trains for Anti-Social Commuters

wired.com

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16 days ago

By 2035, 50°C weather will become the norm if currently environmental trends continue. In 2013, this kind of weather led to major impacts on health and infrastructure. There were also bushfires in October.

Record Heat Could Be the 'New Normal' as Soon as 2025

citylab.com

Imagine Cities

17 days ago

Secular stagnation "describes a world in which there are lots of savings and comparatively few attractive places to invest them. The excess of saving over investment represents a shortfall in demand, and weak demand shows up in anaemic growth figures and low inflation."

economist.com

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17 days ago

"In 1966 the Chicago city government was taken to court for building all its public housing in areas that were wholly black. By way of compensation, it provided vouchers for 7,500 families to move to nicer (and whiter) parts of the city and its suburbs. Studies found that 15-20 years later the families were still in their new neighbourhoods and their children were attending better schools and doing better than those who stayed behind."

economist.com

Imagine Cities

18 days ago

While 90% of Americans over the age of 65 want to age in their homes, they lack access to affordable housing. This is partly due to land use that restrict the types of housing that can be built.

This affordable old house: How zoning can help seniors age in place

urban.org

Imagine Cities

27 days ago

Based in Toronto, Furniture Bank provides furniture to those who need it. They have been open for 16 years and served 5,600 people in 2014. They have helped people getting out of homelessness, refugees who have fled to Canada with very little, and women and children fleeing violence.

Give Smart: Furniture Bank

thestar.com

Imagine Cities

33 days ago

While societies may think differently about mental health, we must to more to support those facing this issue. The Center for Urban Design and Mental Health recommends that cities incorporate four main themes into urban design to support mental health: green spaces, active spaces, social spaces, and safe spaces.

Designing a Megacity for Mental Health

citylab.com

Imagine Cities

33 days ago

In an effort to mitigate against flooding, China is developing sponge cities. These cities create infrastructure that will be able to absorb water such as replacing concrete with wetlands and rooftops and rain gardens so that stormwater can be absorbed into the land.

China's 'sponge cities' are turning streets green to combat flooding

theguardian.com

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33 days ago

Across the UK, Canada, Australia and the US, immigrants are more likely start up a business than native born. What’s interesting is that when immigrants and native born partner to launch a business, they create many more jobs than going it alone.

Immigrant entrepreneurship and employment growth in the US

voxeu.org

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45 days ago

In an essay posted on the CBPP website, Greenstein argued that adding a basic income on top of the existing safety net would require tax increases that are simply not politically viable. He also argued that using basic income to replace the safety net would actually increase poverty, because the spending wouldn’t be as well-targeted.

An expert on fighting poverty makes the case against a universal basic income

vox.com

Imagine Cities

45 days ago

A 150-year-old health-care institution in the Bronx has a new prescription for wellness that starts with affordable housing.

Bronx Project Sees Health in Affordable Housing

wsj.com

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45 days ago

"Since the funds available for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure are scarce, developing a uniform way to measure their effectiveness will help local governments determine how best to use those scarce funds."

Planning Method Offers Way to Prioritize Pedestrian, Bike Projects

nextcity.org

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