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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, you may have been surprised to find their light brighter or cooler or yellower or bluer than you may be accustomed to in, say, your kitchen. The same is true with street lighting for cities — only the choices are much …

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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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Amsterdam 1

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” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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