urban planning

We need to plan for urban and rural areas simultaneously

We need to plan for urban and rural areas simultaneously

That’s the argument made in a recent study of urban water supplies released by the Nature Conservancy: A new study [PDF] led by Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy suggests that the key to replenishing city water supplies is forming urban-rural partnerships designed to decrease regional consumption: A major conclusion is that considerable untapped potential exists […]

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Are Financial Services Leaving the Big City?

Are Financial Services Leaving the Big City?

That’s the question raised by a recent post over at new geography.  The post tracks the decline of financial services employment in big metro centers like New York and San Francisco, and notes an increase in employment in outlying areas.  One hypothesis:  the banks are looking for lower cost locations. Metropolitan areas [in which housing […]

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Big Data Will Change Urban Life

Big Data Will Change Urban Life

So says a recent posting at the Economist.   NO FACE looks alike, but human bodies and their genetic make-up are almost identical. Cities too have distinctive charms—but are surprisingly alike behind their façades. Regardless of size, their populations grow at the same average rate everywhere in the world. A city twice as large as its […]

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Young Adults Fuel Inner City Growth In Cleveland

Young Adults Fuel Inner City Growth In Cleveland

In what would have been a startling turn of events just a few years ago, this story of the continuing rise of inner cities comes from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: When a new job brought Stacey Brown to Cleveland from San Francisco two months ago, she went looking for an apartment downtown. Her manager told […]

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Highway Deconstruction & Quality of Life

Highway Deconstruction & Quality of Life

The City Fix highlights an interesting approach to improving the quality of urban life: The famed U.S. intellectual Lewis Mumford once said, “Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.” The recently released report on freeway removal from by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and EMBARQ (the producer […]

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Cities & Our Common Future

Cities & Our Common Future

We’re taking a break from regular blogging this week.  We leave you with this TED talk by Alex Steffen, in which he discusses how cities can create a “shareable” sustainable future.  Be back next Monday!

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