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September 19 2014

Kansas City, Missouri Start-ups: The Entrepreneurial Hub of Silicon Prairie

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

Metropolitan areas are essential to the nation’s economic development and act as the focal point of vital urban economic activity such as the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. The congregation of infrastructures, utilities, households, business, and industries in metro areas create distinctive economic conditions, increase productivity and promote economic activities. Metropolitan areas […]

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September 18 2014

Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil

September 18th, 2014Posted by 

An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private vehicles are now being converted for public use. And among new users are the children of the city, usually accompanied by their parents. This is a […]

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September 17 2014

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Green buildings are at times defined as buildings that are “not as bad” or “notably better” than the average with regard to impact on the environment. More technically,  a green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, […]

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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 16 2014

Reducing Residential Street Speed Limits in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Montreal

September 16th, 2014Posted by 

The speed limit on the residential streets of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (a borough of Montreal, Canada) is currently 40 km/h, except for in school zones and around parks, where the speed limit drops to 30 km/h. The speed limit on arterial streets is 50 km/h. The Mayor, François Croteau, would like to lower the speed limit […]

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September 16 2014

Niterói, Brazil First City to Adopt Bus with High Level of Service (BHLS) System

September 16th, 2014Posted by 

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói pioneered the use of biometrics in public transportation and could continue this trend by becoming the first city in Latin America to adopt a BHLS, (Bus with High Level of Service), the English acronym to define a bus system with high quality services. The bus system will […]

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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 15 2014

Open Spaces Supporting Mental & Physical Health in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The public spaces in Phnom Penh aim to provide more than just an escape from the traffic and pollution of a growing Asian capital city, with activities for a healthy mind and body. As the country undergoes rapid urbanization, new developments are threatening the open and recreational spaces of the city that are vital to […]

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September 15 2014

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers. These routes were not only used for […]

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September 12 2014

Marseille, France: The Day the Bus Triumphed over Traffic

September 12th, 2014Posted by 

The TGB (an acronym meaning “very large bus”) was launched on Monday Sept. 1st in the 15th and especially in the 13th districts of Marseille, France. There, the bus lanes will finally be protected: a small revolution. Guy Teissier, head of the Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole, will quietly celebrate this small revolution on Monday […]

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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 09 2014

Improving Road Conditions to Gain Votes in Olinda, Brazil

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

What can be said of the superficial improvements made to the streets of Olinda by City Hall in order to facilitate the election of Paulo Câmara to the Senate? They are disrespectful to the intelligence of the Olidense citizen who deserves to be properly educated about the candidate. Residents of the area have long awaited […]

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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 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 04 2014

New Legislature in San Francisco’s Pushes for Increase of Urban Agriculture

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is leading the way for urban agriculture with support from community gardens, the city, and local farmers markets. Local food production is being used as a tool for community development, personal rehabilitation, and sustainable food opportunities that other cities could learn from. There are many hurdles when it comes to urban farming, especially in an […]

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September 03 2014

How Canada Failed to Build a Beautiful Capital: An Ottawa Retrospective

September 3rd, 2014Posted by 

I have yet to visit a city that manages, in equal parts, to be as grand and mediocre as Ottawa. Your first glimpse of Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital city is bound to take your breath away. So may the pathways lining the canal and river. But the grandeur of Parliament’s Gothic revival towers, surrounded by Château […]

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September 03 2014

Top 5 Online Education Programs in Urban Planning

September 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Upon being given the task of formulating a list of the top five programs available online for urban planning, I had to first question the differences between online education and traditional education. The traditional schooling experience provides comfort in familiarity by attending lectures and seminars in person and on campus within a classroom setting, and […]

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