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People


‘Citizens United’ is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There’s Hope

city hall philly Earlier this year, an optimistic piece here at This Big City highlighted the potential cities have for democratic participation. But after a round of bad news for cities in the US, is it time to eat our words? Read more
ghent tram tracks

Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change

Aberdeen, Montreuil, Ghent, Ludwigsburg and Rotterdam have worked together to pioneer the application of a transition management approach for creating a low-carbon future. Read more

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If Mayors Ruled the World…

This weekend the first planning session of the Global Parliament of Mayors took place in Amsterdam: a conference about mayors, for mayors, attended by mayors, moderated by mayors and hosted by a mayor, all triggered by a book about mayors: If Mayors Ruled the World. Read more

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Planning


Five of the Best Placemaking Initiatives in the US

paint placemaking Creating unique public spaces in cities can encourage citizen participation and transform placemaking values in that community. Here's five excellent placemaking projects in the USA. Read more
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Urban Word Wars and the Nouveau-Eco-City Brand

A new city prototype has quietly arisen to capitalize on the push for sustainable urban development: new, privately funded, planned cities which bleat tried and true urban buzzwords like “eco-city” and “sustainability” on their shining new city websites. But are these urban prototypes really really sustainable? Read more

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Seven Myths About New Urbanism

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong. Read more

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Transport


Infographic: The 5 Largest Public Transit Systems in the US

us transit info snapshot Did you know: the five largest public transit systems in the US can be found in Chicago, New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. This new infographic looks at the history and development of these systems. Read more
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Bogotá Builds on its Bike Hire Scheme

One month ago, Bogotá launched the second corridor of its new city cycle hire scheme, adding 3 stations, 21 employees, and 55 bikes to their existing network. Read more

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

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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Digital


Are Smaller Cities Across Asia Neglecting Their Online Presence?

chittagong-website-pic1 City websites matter because they market and promote the city, and form the image of the city online. With this in mind, we did a quick survey of the online presence of secondary cities from across Asia. What was the overall impression and which cities fared the best? Read more
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Cities on the Move: Visualizing the Flow of Rotterdam’s Urban Landscape

These nine videos are the first visualization of Rotterdam’s urban metabolism. Read more

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

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