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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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Finding a place for cities in the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”

by Neal Pierce Has an “age of the city” arrived — an era in which cities not only make up …

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Worker Cooperatives Emerging for Sustainable Development

Cooperative business models have gained traction as a catalyst for sustainable economic development over the past decade. The United Nations …

Foundations Shaping the Future of Our Cities

Nine billion people living well within the limits of the planet by mid-century. That is the simple but powerful “Vision …

Detroit 2014

Meeting of the Minds 2014: Breaking New Ground with Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and Sustainability

Public sector, NGOs and private sector leaders to convene in Detroit For immediate release. What: Meeting of the Minds is an …

Biking In A City

Three Global Transport Trends: Reshaping Urban Policy

Here are three global transport trends that should be reshaping urban policy. They already are in the world’s most dynamic …

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Resilience on the fly: Christchurch’s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster

By David Killick CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand  —  You don’t see it, but you certainly know when it’s not there: infrastructure, …

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In Mexico City, an “experimental think tank” for a city and its government

By Ana Arana MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Hailing a taxi on the street here can be dangerous. While there are more …

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Medellín made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact?

By Letty Reimerink MEDELLIN, Colombia — Five times a week, a 52-year old delivery man named Nelson rides the world’s …

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