Breaking the Divestment Cycle: Predicting Abandonment and Fostering Neighborhood Revitalization in Baltimore

Since the 1970’s, a certain urban pessimism has pervaded both academic research and public policy on Baltimore. Nothing, it seemed, could be done to stem the tide of divestment. Policy conversations focused on ‘right-sizing’ and even ‘mothballing’ the urban landscape. Recently however, there has been a groundswell of enthusiasm for the potential of American cities …

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Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront to Its Community in a Time of Rapid Change

Staten Island’s North Shore is changing at an incredible pace; yet how do we ensure that the creative and cultural sectors have a role in and are connected to this transformation? A 630-foot tall observation wheel will mark the Staten Island waterfront and tower above a 300,000-square foot shopping and entertainment complex serving millions of …

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Urban Innovator of the Week

Urban Innovator of the Week: Andrea Chen

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents felt the need to get involved, to do something, anything, to help their devastated community recover. It was a DIY effort in the most absolute sense – where government services failed or just simply didn’t exist, everyday citizens and volunteers from near and far led recovery …

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7 Standout Trends in Future Urban Mobility

I really enjoy Meeting of the Minds’ unique combination of technology and regional planning. Two of the mobility conference sessions covered the “Urban Mobility Revolution” and carsharing (ZipCar, City CarShare, and peer-to-peer Buzzcar). While the future is anyone’s guess, below are seven standout future mobility items, with a bias towards self-driving and youtubility. 1. GM’s EN-V: small …

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Connecting the Dots Towards Well-Being

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau fields more than 130 surveys, collecting literally hundreds of millions of data points that tell us how people in our country of nearly 320 million are faring. This is not counting other public, non-governmental and private data collection, from universities to marketing firms to tech companies. The growing availability …

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Adapting to Adaptation: A Roadmap to How We Will Live in 2050

How to know where climate change leads us? Climate scientists have discovered, and elaborately described, dramatic changes in the Earth’s climate which will effect us all. Chemists, biologists and other scientists have joined with physicists and meteorologists in the next phase of the endeavor, projecting the effects of climate change on our planet. What follows …

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Autonomous Driving in the Urban Environment

One stream of mobility innovation is already bringing advanced technology to our roads. Autonomous driving means much more than robotic cars who know your name and your designation. A long list of ‘intelligent transport systems’ are maturing and converging — and they’re bringing to drivers a menu of new options that help to reduce city …

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The Likeways Approach to Urban Navigation

The Likeways Approach to Urban Navigation: Using Social Media to Support a City’s Walkability

Pedestrian Navigation… and the City One of the most common buzz-words in an ever increasing smart world is the ‘walkability’ of a city. Walkability describes the pedestrian-friendliness a city offers to its population and hence, has great impact on the city’s environment and urban life quality: a high walkability-score decreases on one side motor traffic and on the other, increases physical …

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Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES): An Innovative Tool for Financing Environmental Conservation

Rising opportunity costs and population growth are resulting in land use change and declines in critical ecosystem services. The 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found that 60% of the Earth’s ecosystem services are being depleted at a very rapid rate. Biodiversity and ecosystems provide invaluable services and products to the society. These include food, water, and protection from …

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