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Wake Up Call From Baltimore

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We Can No Longer Ignore Our Inner Cities

They’ve been talking about the riots in Baltimore for a long, long time. The last big riots, that is. I moved to Baltimore, my wife’s hometown, from Colorado in the mid-aughts, and lucked into a job as a writer for a local magazine. Every city in America was fighting to be the “greenest” at the time, and while I knew next to nothing about cities, and nothing......read more

Inner Space Artifacts

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Amazing Short Film From Ben Ridgway

The 'artifacts' are the ideas of Ben Ridgway, and the 'inner space' is best described as the deep recesses of his imagination.  Lest we fool you into thinking this video was created with actual artifacts found in space.   "Artifacts from inner space transformed into moving digital sculptures." Selected Screening: Fest Anca, Ĺ˝ilina, Slovakia | June 24-28, 2015 Selected......read more

What Makes a City Sustainable?

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Planners need to acknowledge the history, geography and diversity of cities, says renowned urban thinker

We hear a lot about the "liveability" of cities. The Economist, Monocle, Business Week, all of them have their own an annual index of city liveability. But what about sustainability? What makes a city sustainable? In a recent interview, Harvard Professor Joan Busquets expounds on the idea. The former head planner of Barcelona says that cities are sustainable when natural geographic features......read more

The City 2.0: Winner of the 2012 TED Prize

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Innovation group challenges people to re-imagine the city of the future

More people are living in cities than ever before, and the global urbanization movement is showing no signs of slowing down. By 2008, the number of people living in cities surpassed the amount of people living in rural areas for the first time in history. In terms of sustainability, the inexorable urbanization trend poses both challenges and opportunities for a more eco-friendly......read more

Seattle Plans Public Food Forest

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Fruit foraging zone to be planted in the heart of the city

Believe it or not, there was a time when food didn't come packaged for purchase at a grocery store, when eating a meal meant going out and finding food yourself. Eager to get in touch with our foraging roots, a growing group of people are getting passionate about picking wild food from our own backyards. Now, progressive minds at the city of Seattle are hopping on the foraging bandwagon, with......read more

High Line's Final Phase Unveiled

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New York's most visited park gets ready to go the distance

Six years ago, New Yorkers were introduced to the idea of converting a historic freight rail line into a public park. Since then, the High Line has become the city's most visited park. Now NYC parks officials and Friends of the High Line have revealed designs for the for the third and final section of the High Line, and we're pleased to say that it looks incredible. The final phase is being......read more

Club Donny

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Photo journal celebrates nature in the urban environment

Club Donny is one of our favorite indie mags. Launched in 2008, the unedited biannual journal is asks participants to share images of their personal experiences of nature in the urban environment. The mag shows off photographs of people and the community at large are getting back to nature within their urban environments, not to mention things like gardening tips, links to apple pickings,......read more

The Value of Trees

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Artist and Tree Activist Gillian Ware on preserving and respecting the arboreal world

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." - William Blake  Two hundred years later, Blake's words ring truer than ever. In Santa Monica, city officials are moving forward with a plan to remove 54 mature fig trees as part of a new urban design project. Artist Gillian Ware, who divides her time between the UK and Los......read more

America's Top Biking Cities Ranked by Bicycling Mag

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Big surprise: Portland is number one

In an announcement that will surprise approximately nobody, Portland has been named America's Top Bike-Friendly City in the 2012 rankings from Bicycling magazine. Bike culture reigns supreme in the Pacific Northwestern city, which boasts 180 miles of bike lanes and 79 miles of off-street bike paths. Always quick to embrace cyclist-friendly innovations, Portland was the first city in the United......read more

Bloomberg Issues $9 Million Mayors' Challenge

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NYC mayor ponies up cash to spur urban innovation

With the proportion of people living in urban centers at an all-time high--and national governments seemingly incapable of promoting the shift toward sustainability--cities are in the best position to implement solutions to big problems. NYC's billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees, and he's putting his money where his mouth is. This week Mayor Bloomberg announced a new competition to......read more

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