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[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:10
Sometimes the public expects government to see the future. Good decisions are to be expected while bad decisions — judged with the benefit of hindsight — are derided. Some help is on the way! IBM is betting that software can give cities a better look into their future. The company has unveiled new software designed to help decision-makers forecast the consequences of actions that affect citizens... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:05
Cities with high populations of older adults are beginning to alter their programs and street signs to make it easier to respond to senior citizens' needs. "Ahead of a federal mandate that will kick in in 2012, Aiken has begun installing oversize street signs downtown and on major thoroughfares; they have increased reflectivity as well, designed to help older drivers who may not see as well as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:57
People looking for the latest in twisting, gravity-defying architecture might start with the international cities of the Middle East or China, but you wouldn’t expect them to look here, in the suburbs outside Toronto. But the first residents are moving into an extremely curvaceous, 56-story condominium tower in Mississauga, a city of about 738,000 people. The skyscraper, called the “Marilyn... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:48
Achieving sustainability remains an important goal of many local governments, but turning abstract goals into concrete action remains a challenge, according to a new survey from the Washington-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA). ICMA's survey of more than 2,100 local governments, "Breaking New Ground: Promoting Environmental and Energy Programs in Local Government,"... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:43
The post-carbon city will require dramatically different planning. Why not plan them with children in mind, writes Jason McLennan. McLennan argues that the very features that made the postwar city so energy-consumptive -- freeways, skyscrapers and alienating sprawl -- also made it hostile to children. Auto-dominated landscapes make it dangerous to walk or bike to where kids want to travel,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:26
Cities are filled with gas-guzzlers, but some guzzle more than others. This infographic from Mint looks at which U.S. cities spend the most and least on gas. New York, Washington D.C., and Boston come out on the bottom of the list, while San Jose, Birmingham and Jacksonville spend the most on gas per month. The graphic also looks at which cities have the highest and lowest amounts of gas... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:20
The Bronx is slowly shedding its negative image as it boasts a job growth that is outpacing the entire New York City, and the fastest wage increases than any other borough in the city, reports Daniel Massey for Crain's New York Business. The Bronx used to be a place that people fled, but Massey explains how it has made a turnaround: "Housing has played a vital role in the borough's turnaround,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:20
The real estate market is undergoing the most rapid period of change in a generation — and the shift is decidedly urban succession of recent studies have found there is an under-supply of urban-style housing — attached and small-lot, single-family homes — on the scale of about 13 million units. On the other hand, there is an estimated oversupply of detached housing in the car-based suburbs of... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 20:10
Welcome to the Adaptation Forum 2011 The Adaptation Forum 2011 will provide a unique opportunity to share frontline findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming Climate Change adaptation into development. Building on from Adaptation Forum 2010, the Forum this year aims to focus on “Adaptation in Action” signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 11:12
  If you're in Nigeria, this October, we hope you'll join the 2011 EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT® team to "get change the world" on Saturaday, October 15th at a Great Hall .   EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT| Measuring Progress in the Fight Against PovertySaturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Brief Program at 6:30 p.m.   Plot 206B, Ordinance road I Off Peter Odili, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. RSVP... Read more