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Survey Says: General Population Lacks Awareness on Smart Cities

According to a report released this summer by the United Nations, over half of the world’s population lives in cities, …

City Aerial

The Pursuit of Civic Innovation ROI

Conventional wisdom on Civic Innovation is that we have all the right ingredients to change government: The timing, the talent, …

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For cities switching to LED street lamps, a place to see the light

by Annemarie Zinck ALBERTSLUND, Denmark — If you’ve ever bought a compact fluorescent light bulb, or one of the newer LEDs, …

Broken Windows At An Abandoned St. Louis Factory

In the Wake of Ferguson, Regeneration in St. Louis

St. Louis was ranked 8 of 18 post-industrial cities studied in our Policy Focus Report Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities, and the …

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Can an app for borrowing housewares make neighborhoods stronger?

by Letty Reimerink AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands  —  This city might not have become a global hub of the “sharing economy” …

Abandoned Bumpers

Rethinking the Idea of Waste in Detroit

U.S. businesses, entrepreneurs and municipalities are rethinking the concept of “waste” to create competitive advantage beyond the market and pave …

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Growing Urban Food Systems

There is a growing buzz around strengthening urban food systems. Consumers want more transparency in where their food is coming …


Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale?

By Flavie Halais MONTREAL, Canada —  In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized …

Hoboken NY

Resist. Delay. Store. Discharge. A Comprehensive Urban Water Strategy

The Sandy-affected region is a long coastline with many assets, and as we now know, at risk. A fully comprehensive …

Kansas City Skyline

The Millennial City, Part 3:  The Gentrification Reset

The Debate Your city is on the hot seat now. As a city leader you have done your job to …

California Agriculture

Drilling Deeper into California’s Drought and Water Distribution

There’s a lot of conversation going on around water in the arid West during this drought year, but not all …

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