Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:21
As Singapore's population booms, officials are working through plans to help the city absorb its people but also provide them with adequate green space. "In Singapore’s next “green road map,” its 10-year development plan, the country aims to go from being “a garden city” to “a city in a garden.” “The difference might sound very small,” says Poon Hong Yuen, the chief executive of the country’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:11
Cities across the country are breathing new life into abandoned and disused inner city rail lines. Following on the success of the High Line in New York City, other cities are looking at underused inner city rail lines as opportunities. "Cities around the country, including Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis, are working up plans to renovate their aging railroad trestles, tracks and railways... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 10:01
Now in its third year, the Urban Youth Fund established by UN-HABITAT with funding from the Government of Norway has supported several thousand young people across the world to improve their lives and their urban communities. UN-HABITAT recognizes the rapidly growing youth population in cities of the developing world as potential partners in sustainable urban development. "So many of us are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:15
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a change to local rules that would allow urban gardens to expand and sell produce within the city. Proponents argue that the city's estimated 14,000 empty lots could serve as mini farms. "The new ordinance would expand limits on community garden plot size to 25,000 square feet (about half an acre), allow limited produce sales in residentially zoned areas,... Read more
[ 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