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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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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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Universal Basic Income: Does the Carrot Work Better than the Stick

Universal Basic Income: Does the Carrot Work Better than the Stick?

Automation and robots will destroy jobs but create work. How will we secure employment in the future? Since 1970s, social policies on both sides of the Atlantic have been dominated by workfare policies where the payment of benefits is made conditional on participation in job promoting activities such as training, rehabilitation and work experience, or …

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What Cities Can Learn from Detroit’s Green GarageWhat Cities Can Learn from Detroit’s Green Garage

What Cities Can Learn from Detroit’s Green Garage

Along some of the cozy cobblestone roads of Detroit, in an area with old brick homes and universities, you’ll find a business incubator on 4444 Second Avenue. Detroit’s Green Garage is located a pocket of preserved homes that isn’t too far away from patches of the city’s well-known urban blight. The building is remarkable. It …

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Solar, Storage, and Smart Grid Transform Electric Utilities

Solar, Storage, and Smart Grid Transform Electric Utilities

Solar power installations grew 40 percent in the U.S. in 2014. Reports of record level renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, and smart grid use were detailed by utilities and technology providers at the recent Distributech 2015 Conference, attended by over 11,000 professionals. The old model of dirty power plants delivering electricity through an ancient grid to …

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Drilling Deeper into California’s Drought and Water Distribution

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 of it is accurate.  California is being hit hard, and the state is clearly taking action and taking advantage of the crisis to promote water legislation; for more on how the state is dealing with …

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