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April 18 2014

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 18th, 2014Posted by 

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church in downtown Rio de Janeiro. As a regular gathering spot for street children, dozens took refuge here as a place to rest. Official reports differ on the motive behind such action, yet at 11:00pm, police opened fire […]

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April 16 2014

What Makes a Great Street for Shopping? A View from Boston, MA

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

On this sunny Friday I found myself riding my bicycle from Cambridge to Boston, to the Back Bay neighborhood that is home to two of the most prominent commercial streets in the area: Boylston and Newbury. I was on my way to a sleek, posh hair salon, where I spent my morning being a hair […]

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April 16 2014

Active Placemaking and a Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

“Yes, I will be happy to be a volunteer for the 2013 Fluff Festival. Will I get a fluffernutter sandwich as a snack? So, my task will be to operate the Fluffatron 3000 with two other neighborhood volunteers? This will be fun.” The Fluff Festival, which has been held in the main plaza in Union […]

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April 16 2014

Siena, Italy: The Exaltation of the Medieval Spirit

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

What makes the relatively small town of Siena so special in comparison with the other former Italian city-states in the north? Is it the way its medieval characteristics have continued to influence everyday life? This strong relationship with the past is obvious both in the town’s urban development, and in the annual social events. The urbanization […]

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April 09 2014

Why Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood is the Center of the Universe

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Fremont is one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, boasting an enviable popularity with residents, tourists and businesses. It’s abuzz with the kind of economic development-generating activity that other communities try to plan for, all the while retaining a uniquely organic feel. What is it about Fremont that makes it so appealing? What magical combination of […]

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April 09 2014

Open Data & Government Pulling Pittsburgh into the 21st Century

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

What do you think of when you hear about Pittsburgh? A sky filled with smoke and soot? A huge steel plant? Or do you think of the Steelers playing at Heinz Field? What about an economic juggernaut that had a part in turning the United States into a superpower? Do you know that much of […]

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April 08 2014

World Urban Forum 7: Medellin, Colombia at the Heart of Urban Debates

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

Twenty years after being considered the the most violent city in the world, Medellin is no longer recognized as the most dangerous city, but the most innovative, the most resilient, and an example in planning projects that generate equality. This transformation is the reason Medellin became the host city of the Seventh World Urban Forum, […]

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April 08 2014

Online Platform Aims to Fix Their “City of Errors”

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

A couple of years ago, a group of young people decided to voluntarily set up an interactive platform for their city. A platform that according to their official website is aimed at all people who find, deal with and repair the errors of the city where they live. In the beginning, the group created a […]

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April 07 2014

Passion for the Arts in Former Slaughterhouses in Casablanca, Morocco

April 7th, 2014Posted by 

In Casablanca’s outskirts, in the working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi, a surprise awaits visitors. Behind the imposing pediment of the city’s former slaughterhouses, among a labyrinth of alleys and small squares, you can come across young skateboarders, rappers, and dance crews putting the final touches to their performances, and in the large hall graffiti and […]

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April 02 2014

The Couch as Unlikely Street Furniture: In Paris, France and Beyond

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

For this article we are bringing up an idea that is not exactly new, but still has potential for the comfort of our streets (and for the well-being of our rear-ends, which are ill-served by reinforced concrete benches). Let’s introduce the sofa into public spaces. Sitting Down in Our Cities: Why So Much Hate? Although […]

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April 01 2014

Fifteen Greek Celebrities Choose the Most Liveable Parts of Thessaloniki, Greece

April 1st, 2014Posted by 

1. Victor Arditis, director – theatrologist, senior lecturer in AUTH, Artistic Director of NTNG - National Theatre of Northern Greece (2001-2004). “The best place is exactly where I currently live: in the area among Olgas – Nikolaidis-Antheon-Sofouli with the poplars and the plane trees, that create an excellent micro-climate. Or I would choose the decadent upper […]

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March 31 2014

3rd Avenue of Limoilou, Quebec, Canada: The Future of the Mall

March 31st, 2014Posted by 

The shopping mall is dead, long live the shopping avenue! That is what an article from January 13th, written by Marie-Ève Fournier for the Montreal newspaper La Presse, seemed to declare. We already know that far from being strictly utilitarian spaces, shopping malls are also destinations for enjoying yourself. Young parents can walk around with […]

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March 26 2014

Can Waterloo’s LRT System’s $818 Million Price Tag be Justified in the Long Run?

March 26th, 2014Posted by 

Recently, Region of Waterloo councilors awarded a multi-million contract to construction consortium Grandlinq to build the region’s light rail transit (LRT) system, the Ion. And it was a tightly contested decision, with high profile opponents including the City of Waterloo’s mayor, and a threat of legal action. A local businessman, Jay Aissa, has spearheaded a […]

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March 26 2014

Rethinking Urban Mobility in Orléans Centre, France

March 26th, 2014Posted by 

A few hundred kilometers from Orléans, other cities more modern than our own have already begun to convert their downtown parking garages into a variety of different buildings. These include: roller discos, alternative art spaces, skating rinks, metro stations, fire stations, housing (such as this former parking-silo in Tourcoing, a city notable for its innovative […]

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March 25 2014

The Melbourians’ Natural Habitat: The Alleyway

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

Like any western city experiencing growth in population as Melbourne has, space is a problem. Over the years both public and private entities have endeavoured to use every bit of space possible, thus, Melbourne has seen the development of these alleyway spaces as a response to the situation. This has developed not only in a […]

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March 25 2014

Bike Lanes are Far From Over: Cycling the City in Colombia

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

As I’m writing this on a typical Colombian Sunday, the famous opinion magazine Semana published an article about the political rebirth of the former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa. In this article the magazine exposes that it is not political ideology or interests that makes Peñalosa popular (and a strong contender of the coming presidential elections […]

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March 20 2014

Why Grandma is Moving to Denver, Not Miami

March 20th, 2014Posted by 

Denver has the longest winter of any of the U.S. cities, averaging over fifty inches of snowfall per year, and has an average annual temperature more than twenty-five degrees lower than Miami, Florida. So why is grandma moving to Denver and not Miami? Despite the chilling winters, Denver also has 300 days of sun, and […]

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March 19 2014

Interacting with our Cities Through Exercise: Student Ideas from Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

March 19th, 2014Posted by 

Encouraging individuals to be active isn’t a new idea. For good health, civic participation, and a sense of camaraderie, the benefits of sports and exercise are self-evident. Therefore, it is not surprising that physical activity has become a political concern for cities that are catching on to the trend and offering high-quality sporting facilities. However, […]

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March 17 2014

Rennes, Brittany, #1 Amongst France’s Sustainable Cities

March 17th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Rennes was named France’s top sustainable city in the last issue of the monthly publication Terra Eco. The following is an interview with David Solon, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and co-founder. On February 28th, 2014 the eco-conscious publication Terra Eco released a ranking of sustainable cities. Judged according to 20 pre-established criteria, 30 […]

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March 17 2014

How Important is Youth Civic Engagement in a City?

March 17th, 2014Posted by 

Toronto is ranked the #1 Youthful City of 2014 out of twenty-five of the world’s largest cities. Decode, a firm that analyzes young person consumer behavior and interests, conceptualized YouthfulCities. YouthfulCities is an initiative to, eventually, determine the top 100 cities for youth. It has compared five cities from each region – USA & Canada, […]

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