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How Barcelona and Philadelphia are turning procurement upside down

By Christopher Swope New ideas are rare in the staid world of government contracting. But in Barcelona, city contracts worth …


The Millennial City, Part 2: How to Sell Your City?

This blog post is a part of a three part series conducted by the Morris Strategy Group examining how city …

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Heritage Site Community Centre in Flood Plain Gets LEED Platinum Accreditation

An Interview with Colin Jones, Facility Manager When gutsy little NGO Evergreen rose to the challenge of taking on a …

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City Protocol’s “Anatomy” Sets Foundation for Interoperable City Platform

Cities hold the opportunity – and arguably the responsibility – to host and shape the vibrant and sustainable societies of …


Top 10 Worst Traffic Cities; They Need Congestion-Pricing/Zero Emission Travel

Editors note: This article first appeared on and is reprinted with permission. Here’s Top 10 list you don’t want …

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Why a Single Payment System for Multi-Modal Journeys Could Transform Urban Transit

We love cities because they act as creative magnets, bringing work, culture and entertainment opportunities together to create rich, vibrant …

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#beOUT Detroit Professionals

After the recent news coverage during last month’s pride celebrations and related stories to discrimination like Crystal Moore a small …


Brazil’s Copa Verde: Sustainability at the 2014 World Cup

It’s the 2014 World Cup, millions of people from all over the globe are flocking to Brazil to cheer from …

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A database to keep Los Angeles from forgetting itself

By Nate Berg LOS ANGELES, United States — The heritage of a city is often measured by its historic buildings — …

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The UN Global Compact Cities Program for Sustainable Cities

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies …

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Mind the Gap: How to Accurately Account for Small Businesses in the Inner City

Policymakers and economic development professionals understand that small businesses are important engines for economic growth. In inner cities, small businesses …


UM-SMART Mobiprize: Rethinking Transportation One Disruptive Venture at a Time

Transportation has reached a tipping point as the world urbanizes and becomes more complex. According to the World Health Organization, …

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