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September 19 2014

The Ames, Iowa Economy in the Wake of VEISHEA Cancellation

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Ames, Iowa will be saying goodbye to VEISHEA, the largest student-organized festival in the United States, after a university task force declared its cancellation this past month. This festival’s importance to the city of Ames lies in its ability to draw in tens of thousands of visitors, thus stimulating the local economy. Now […]

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September 17 2014

Bicycle Use in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France: A Precarious Future?

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Is the number of people who use the bicycle as a form of transportation becoming larger and larger in the Toulouse metropolitan area? It would appear so based on reading the figures gathered and published by two local bike advocacy groups: Apave in the city of Blagnac and 2 Pieds 2 Roues (2 Feet 2 […]

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September 17 2014

How Does Moving a Prison Complex Support Development in Baltimore City?

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Earlier this year, Jeff La Noue authored a blog post supporting the idea that moving Baltimore City’s prison complex would improve the area’s aesthetics and thus promote development in adjacent neighborhoods. La Noue stated “City Marketing 101 says you shouldn’t put your jail as the welcome mat to your downtown or your top research hospital.” Makes sense. He […]

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September 15 2014

Laval, Quebec, Canada: Far From Being a Model of Active Transportation

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

While the majority of Laval’s residents go to work by automobile, Florent Dufort leaves his house on bike every morning in order to go to work in the Quartier des spectacles neighborhood in downtown Montreal. “In Laval, people are not prone to use bikes and those who do so are seen as strange,” says Dufort […]

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September 11 2014

KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri

September 11th, 2014Posted by 

Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead active lifestyles. While healthy eating may seem like a straightforward change in personal behavior, there are environmental factors at play that contribute to one’s […]

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September 10 2014

Rabat, Morocco to Undergo “City of Lights” Transformation by 2017

September 10th, 2014Posted by 

Long confined to the status of an administrative city, Morocco’s capital dreams of becoming an international city of culture and knowledge. In the minds of Casablanca’s residents, Rabat is a city where nothing happens, living according to a monotone rhythm that rubs off on its inhabitants who have the reputation of being boors. In return, […]

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September 10 2014

Ottawa, Canada Youth Should be Involved in the Planning Process

September 10th, 2014Posted by 

It is important to have a youthful voice in city planning. I have repeatedly found myself to be the youngest person at planning open-houses and consultations I have attended in Ottawa. By missing these events, youth miss the opportunity to provide input on projects that will affect them greatly, such as the rezoning of a main […]

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September 08 2014

Across the Bay: Oakland Leads in School Health Programs

September 8th, 2014Posted by 

In San Francisco, you are more likely to see Google buses than school buses on any weekday morning. Why? With budget cuts in transportation for public schools, a large number of elementary to high school students are left to fend for themselves in their daily journey to school. San Francisco may be one of the most “walkable” […]

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September 08 2014

Parking Day 2014 in Quebec City, Canada: Re-imagining a Neighborhood

September 8th, 2014Posted by 

The sixth annual PARK(ing) Day is right around the corner. On September 19, the non-profit transportation organization Accès Transports Viables (Access Viable Transports) will invite the population of Quebec City to think up a new face for parking spaces on several main roadways. Interested parties had until August 29 to submit their proposals in order […]

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September 04 2014

The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

The debate about the sustainability of our activities on the planet can no longer exclude education. The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alarm because the teaching methods used in recent centuries have evolved relatively little compared to other sciences, and failed to prepare society for sustainable living. It […]

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September 04 2014

The Atenistas Task Force of Athens, Greece

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

One day in the summer of 2010, on Soutsou Street in Athens, a small group of friends and acquaintances met in “Tsai” in order to discuss the idea of creating a “task group for Athens.” A group like this seems obvious today but in 2010 the spirit was very different. The economic crisis had knocked at the […]

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September 03 2014

Bordeaux, France to Host Mobility Challenge During European Mobility Week

September 3rd, 2014Posted by 

The 4th Mobility Challenge will be held on September 18th in the French region of Aquitaine. The goal of this event is to encourage employees to use sustainable forms of transportation to go to work. The urban areas of Bordeaux and Pau will take advantage of the opportunity to promote public transportation by offering a 7-day […]

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September 02 2014

The 18 Axes of the Intervention Plan to Upgrade the Center of Athens, Greece

September 2nd, 2014Posted by 

A project regarding the abandoned buildings in Athens is being conducted in the framework of the first Integrated Urban Intervention Plan for Athens by the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change and the University of Thessaly. The master plan includes 18 axes of action and will be formalized with a Ministerial order to obtain legal status, […]

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September 02 2014

WIXX Campaign in Action Across Quebec, Canada: Getting Kids Active

September 2nd, 2014Posted by 

In 2012, Quebec en Forme launched its social campaign WIXX in order to get 9-13 year-old preteens moving. Several actions have been realized with thousands of young people and their parents thanks to different strategies: advertisements, tools, promotional articles, events targeting families, the website, etc. Schools and organizations participate in the movement that gets preteens moving. Two […]

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September 01 2014

Montreal Initiates Global Movement of Urban Agriculture Summer Schools

September 1st, 2014Posted by 

A survey conducted last year by the City of Montreal revealed that 42% of citizens practice urban agriculture. More than simply gardening, urban agriculture is a social movement that can service as an educational tool and means of achieving food justice. It was with these ideas in mind that some 200 citizens and researchers  participated […]

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August 28 2014

How Highways and Segmentation Affects Kansas City, Missouri

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

Metropolitan areas are essential to national economic development. They act as the focal point of vital urban economic activity: production, distribution and consumption of goods and services within a society. In metro areas, a combination of infrastructures, utilities, households, businesses, and industries creates distinctive economic conditions, increasing productivity and promoting economic activities. Metropolitan areas offer new […]

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August 28 2014

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to the presidential delegate for reconstruction, Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the […]

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August 28 2014

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil’s Empty Stadiums into Housing

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition. Twelve stadiums were built in Brazil in order to accommodate the activities of the 2014 Soccer […]

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August 27 2014

Taking Inspiration from Central Park: The European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A “Central Park” for Brussels? Busy in her office in the city’s Place Royale, Marie-Laure Roggemans stops for a bit when someone says these magic words. “I always think about it,” she says while smiling behind her large glasses. Known as “Madame Europe,” Roggemans ensures contact between the Brussels-Capital Region and European authorities. Of course, […]

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August 27 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.” They have elevated […]

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