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Could Detroit Develop a Wind Power Economy?

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Finding Freedom in the Walkable Neighborhood

One of the core human characteristics is that we crave freedom and choices. Where the car once provided freedom from the crowded, old city, it now is a device that enslaves us. Walkable neighborhoods allow us to overcome this. Read more

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How Are We Going to Plan the Cities of the Future?

As part of the Bartlett Development Planning Unit's 60th Anniversary Conference, Matthew Wood-Hill shares the DPU's vision and insights on planning our cities in the decades to come. Read more
 

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How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future

california sign Being the home state to Silicon Valley is a mixed blessing. There are enormous advantages to concentrating the world’s best programmers and electronics designers within your borders, but when the tech gurus think they can solve the problems of your state by treating it like a start-up, things start to get messy. Read more
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Is Public Transport and Cycling the Transport Solution for Caracas?

Caracas, capital of Venezuela, lies in a narrow mountain valley surrounded by popular areas that define its hillsides. It is a crowded city with a population of more than 5 million people and 1 million cars. Read more

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Is Florida’s New Private Train Plan Really So “Triumphant”?

Starting in 2016, private trains will connect Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and eventually Orlando, running at speeds up to 125 mph (205km/h), and making the trip in just three hours. But is this project going about it in the right way? Read more

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Regeneration by Shopping: Sheffield’s Missed Opportunity to Rethink City Development

Projects_1060_SheffieldRetailQuarter_Carousel-980x550 When shopping centre developer Hammerson walked away from Sheffield’s much-vaunted New Retail Quarter last year, it could have been a blessing in disguise. Here was an opportunity to radically rethink the ‘mall without walls’ template for city centre regeneration. Read more
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New York City Gets Ready for a Self-Reinforcing Fungus Tower

Typically “fungus” and “building” are not words people like to hear together. While we were busy scrubbing the black mold off our bathtubs, David Benjamin, head of the New York architectural firm The Living, was designing the Hy-Fi, a 40-foot-tall circular fungal tower, and potential precursor for more eco-friendly skyscrapers. Read more

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Building a Sustainable New York City

When it comes to sustainability, big cities can get a bad reputation. When so many people are concentrated in a relatively small area, convenience often takes precedence over environmental awareness. Cities like New York are trying to battle this though, and they’re starting on the home front: real estate. Read more

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Stretch Goals: Louisville Learns from Data to Reduce Injuries Among City Employees

louisville In January 2012, Public Works in Louisville began benchmarking its rate of significant injuries that cause employees to miss time, limit their duties, or worse. Finding a rate of over 30 percent in the first month, officials in Public Works and Performance Improvement suspected they had significant room to improve. Read more
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Mega Events and the City: Introducing Our Next #citytalk

With the World Cup in full swing, along with obligatory controversy (not to mention the 2022 edition), mega events in cities are back in the spotlight. It is hard to ignore the fact that there has been a paradigm shift in how these events develop. Read more

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#citydata: Ten Facts About Cities (Part 8)

It's been a while since our last #citydata post (you'll find our first seven parts here), and we've been as busy as ever sharing nuggets of information with our Tumblr followers. Wan to know about urban tourism, bike parking and transit ridership across the globe? Read on. Read more