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[ 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
[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 09:52
Eleven towns in the Lake Victoria Basin are now able to provide improved urban management and basic services following the recent completion of an integrated programme of training and capacity building which targeted municipal councils, service providers, NGOs, Multi-Stakeholder Forums and Community-Based Organizations. The Training and Capacity Building Programme is a component of the Lake... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 15:34
A two year collaborative project by world beverage giant Coca Cola, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and UN-HABITAT is set to improve the lives of about 300 inhabitants of two coastal communities in Pakistan. The project, "Water and Environmental Sanitation Improvement in Coastal Communities in Karachi", was launched July 28 and is expected to have significant impact on the residents of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 15:25
As the world marked this year's International Youth Day on Friday 12th August, UN-HABITAT reaffirmed its commitment to empowering the young people of the world. In a statement to mark the occasion, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos said that the economic downturn being felt in the world was "heavier still on the millions who languish in poverty in slums and inner city neighbourhoods... Read more