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5 days ago

Code enforcement programs may be the path to addressing issues like deteriorating homes, vacant properties, and neighborhood decline.

Stabilizing Neighborhoods through Strategic Code Enforcement

housingmatters.urban.org

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5 days ago

The decision to ban private vehicles from San Francisco's Market Street is resulting in higher dependence on buses and streetcars.

Study: Banning cars on Market had minimal effect on side streets

sfexaminer.com

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5 days ago

Disassembly of land has several advantages. These include promoting walkability, mixed uses, and integration of green space.

Tiny blocks, big living

cnu.org

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5 days ago

According to MIT Technology Review, using facial recognition in European public places could be banned for up to five years. Is this temporary ban an effective idea?

The EU might ban facial recognition in public for five years

technologyreview.com

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9 days ago

The term ‘Smart City’ has become, in many ways, a buzzword for dystopian systems of control and surveillance, but that does not need to be the case.

The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states

theguardian.com

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12 days ago

Reducing food waste and consuming less water-intensive foods can aid the production of food for a growing population.

Water Could Limit Our Ability to Feed the World. These 9 Graphics Explain Why

wri.org

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13 days ago

What is a smart city? According to Sidewalk Labs, it is where data and algorithms become one with the city’s built form.

How to design a smart city that’s built on empowerment—not corporate surveillance

fastcompany.com

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13 days ago

A Highway 30A workshop in Florida examined the implementation of new transportation technologies in the urban context. Discover the 6 main take-aways from this workshop.

Six keys to autonomous transit that fits local communities

cnu.org

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13 days ago

Disassembly of land has several advantages. These include promoting walkability, mixed uses, and integration of green space. @newurbanism #tinyblocks #urbanism

Tiny blocks, big living

cnu.org

Imagine Cities

19 days ago

A tax on vacant properties may be the solution to increasing rental housing in Toronto.

Canada needs a lot more rental housing. A tax on empty condos is part of the solution

theglobeandmail.com

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23 days ago

Portland has introduced tandem bikes, hand cycles and three wheeled bikes to their bike share program to be more inclusive of people with disabilities.

Portland Bike-Share Launches Program for People With Disabilities

nextcity.org

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23 days ago

This London borough demonstrates how small grassroots community projects can transform cities for the better.

Could this local experiment be the start of a national transformation?

theguardian.com

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23 days ago

“Playful Boston” is creating new ways for citizens to engage with their city, and with each other.

Boston launches initiative to make city, transit stops more playful

smartcitiesdive.com

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23 days ago

New York City is adapting to new local laws in the Climate Mobilization Act.

NYC's roofs are getting a sustainable makeover

smartcitiesdive.com

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23 days ago

Individuals requiring routes to be wheelchair accessible may find planning their trips easier thanks to new app

To make a more accessible city, turn to the sidewalk

smartcitiesdive.com

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28 days ago

Through a sustainability law set for implementation in 2022, the French government has plans to ensure that all new public buildings are built from at least 50 percent timber or other natural materials.

French public buildings to be built with 50 per cent wood

dezeen.com

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28 days ago

Are green roof systems or solar systems the best option for New York City’s roofs? According to Smart Cities Dive, the city’s Sustainable Roof Laws took effect in November, 2019, requiring most new buildings to include a sustainable roof zone on 100% of the available roof space.

NYC's roofs are getting a sustainable makeover

smartcitiesdive.com

Imagine Cities

28 days ago

To own or to rent? According to CityLab University, there may be a better option. The shared-equity model is an alternative form of ownership which provides benefits that traditional markets cannot.

CityLab University: Shared-Equity Homeownership

citylab.com

Imagine Cities

28 days ago

According to MIT Technology Review, using facial recognition in European public places could be banned for up to five years. Is this temporary ban an effective idea?

The EU might ban facial recognition in public for five years

technologyreview.com

Imagine Cities

31 days ago

Should provincial and federal governments implement taxes on empty condos to provide more rental housing units?

Canada needs a lot more rental housing. A tax on empty condos is part of the solution

theglobeandmail.com

Imagine Cities

32 days ago

Cities are increasingly looking to remove their freeways in favour of more sensible and green uses of those spaces, and the results tend to be astounding.

Six Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

gizmodo.com

Imagine Cities

32 days ago

According to a new study from McGill University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, there is a global trend towards increased urban sprawl. The findings indicate that increased urban growth worldwide has resulted in inflexible and disconnected street networks, which discourage transit usage and enforce motorized vehicle usage.

Street network patterns reveal worrying worldwide trend towards urban sprawl

phys.org

Imagine Cities

32 days ago

There is a growing push for more sustainable design, manufacturing, and construction processes in city development, with an emphasis on synthetic biology.

Can We Redesign The Modern City With Synthetic Biology? Could We Grow Our Houses Instead Of Building Them?

forbes.com

Imagine Cities

41 days ago

The term ‘Smart City’ has become, in many ways, a buzzword for dystopian systems of control and surveillance, but that does not need to be the case.

The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states

theguardian.com

Imagine Cities

45 days ago

New York plans on introducing cordon pricing to allow access to a main roadway, in order to combat traffic congestion and reduce negative environmental impacts.

Congestion pricing is all around us. Why is it taboo on our roads?

brookings.edu

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45 days ago

Tactical urbanism can help create dynamic public spaces, if projects consider these five important lessons.

From Pop-Up to Permanent: Five lessons in tactical urbanism

globaldesigningcities.org

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45 days ago

Walkability must be prioritized in order for suburbs to become the best they can be.

How can the change coming to suburbs be harnessed for good?

smartgrowthamerica.org

Imagine Cities

48 days ago

Because cities such as Oakland and San Francisco, CA, are highly vulnerable to food shortage if supply chains are disrupted, a concerted focus on urban agriculture, such as in Cuba or Argentina, may be the solution.

How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

theconversation.com

Imagine Cities

48 days ago

Rapid urbanization and widening wealth inequality are two crucial benchmarks worth considering in the 21st century, which means moving from outdated economic indicators such as GDP to more comprehensive measurements.

Here’s why measuring inclusive prosperity is crucial for building successful cities

citymetric.com

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52 days ago

The Squamish Nation’s Indigenous-led development may significantly improve Vancouver’s housing crisis.

The bold new plan for an Indigenous-led development in Vancouver

theguardian.com

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54 days ago

Do policies that bring people to jobs heal distressed communities? Timothy Bartik argues that policies must bring jobs to where the people are.

Don't Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

citylab.com

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54 days ago

Black homeownership in America is in crisis. These five facts explain why, and what should be done about it.

These Five Facts Reveal the Current Crisis in Black Homeownership

urban.org

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54 days ago

California’s Department of Transportation recognizes that more highways means more driving, and more emissions. Here’s how they hope to promote walking, biking and transit.

Caltrans Will Account for New Vehicle Miles Produced by its Transportation Projects

cal.streetsblog.org

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54 days ago

Effective creative placemaking can counteract the pressures of gentrification to keep artists and residents stay in place.

How the Creative Placemaking Tide Lifts All Community Boats

nextcity.org

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54 days ago

Research finds that a reduction in sport utility vehicle (SUV) use in cities would benefit pedestrians and the environment.

Should we outlaw SUVs?

fastcompany.com

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59 days ago

As gentrification receives more attention, we must also focus on the larger issue of poverty.

Poverty Is a Bigger Problem Than Gentrification

bloomberg.com

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59 days ago

Women face daily challenges when utilizing different modes of transportation.

How Our Transport System is Biased Against Women

usa.streetsblog.org

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59 days ago

The City of San Francisco continues to work on the Hope SF program to improve public housing.

SF’s public housing was crumbling. Is a multibillion-dollar makeover the answer?

sfchronicle.com

Imagine Cities

62 days ago

Are humans truly built for living in cities? Modern humans have existed for 200,000 years or so, but cities have only been around for, at most, 10,000 years.

Are humans built for living in cities?

medium.com

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62 days ago

Historically preserving one of the "12 Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World" to hopefully curb the development of new buildings and loss of culture.

Can Historic Preservation Cool Down a Hot Neighborhood?

citylab.com

Imagine Cities

63 days ago

After five years of ongoing initiatives, Oslo has reduced pedestrian and cyclist fatalities to zero. Mainly by limiting the volume and speed of existing cars within the city, the Norwegian capital has taken significant steps in pedestrian safety while traffic deaths are on the rise in the U.S.

Oslo saw zero pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2019. Here’s how the city did it.

curbed.com

Imagine Cities

63 days ago

Cities are on track to hold two-thirds of the global population by 2050, and some are taking dramatic steps to improve urban biodiversity.

7 ways towns and cities are turning from grey to green

weforum.org

Imagine Cities

63 days ago

Suburban thinking must abandon its outdated models of development and pivot to address new challenges in the 21st century.

A manifesto for a new suburbia

curbed.com

Imagine Cities

68 days ago

According to a new study from Housing Matters, low-income elderly people of color are more likely to be affected by economic, social and physical conditions where they live.

The Inequality of Aging in Place

housingmatters.urban.org

Imagine Cities

68 days ago

Gentrification is a mixed bag when it comes to outcomes, and it has been observed to cause positive and negative externalities in different areas.

What Happens to Community Bonds When a Neighborhood Gentrifies

citylab.com

Imagine Cities

69 days ago

Architecture firm BIG has released a floating city concept in partnership with MIT that could assist coastal populations dealing with extreme weather and rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

BIG unveils floating Oceanix City that can withstand hurricanes

dezeen.com

Imagine Cities

70 days ago

Every dollar invested into flood mitigation can save six dollars (on average) of disaster costs.

Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

pewtrusts.org

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70 days ago

Electric vehicles are using vehicle to grid technology to provide power during emergencies.

How California Can Use Electric Vehicles to Keep the Lights On

thecityfix.com

Imagine Cities

70 days ago

Want to grow your own food but can’t find the time to garden? Now there’s a robot for that.

FarmBot brings robotic farming to your backyard garden

cbc.ca

Imagine Cities

70 days ago

"What Works Cities" is a certification process that helps cities use data to their advantage. Newly certified data-driven cities have shared their most valuable lessons.

5 lessons from the best data-driven cities

medium.com

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