URBAN ISSUESCities Don't "Aspire" to Gentrification
In a recent article posted on New Geography, Aaron M. Renn asks what seems to be a fairly straightforward question: "Why Gentrification?" But unlike most writing on the subject, the question isn't why it happens or how to avoid it, but why cities aspire to it.
ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGYThrow Out Less Trash, Get a Smaller Bill
San Francisco Examiner
Waste bin, recycling bin or compost bin? Elliot Easom never paid close attention to which piece of trash belonged in which bin - black, blue or green - until he became aware of an incentive being offered to his neighborhood.
TRANSPORTShanghai Thinking Monorail
Shanghai is likely to introduce the country's first suspended monorail train by 2015 to improve the city's worsening traffic congestion and pollution levels.
URBANISM & DESIGNPrescriptive vs. Market Urbanism
From Ilan Greenberg in The New Republic - San Francisco's Gentrification Problem isn't Gentrification. Greenberg compares the public debate (often writen, and discussed previously here) in San Francisco compared to more the more familiar narrative in other cities.
URBAN ISSUESCities Ramp Up Data Projects, Innovation
Dubuque, Iowa, has a population of just under 60,000, but it's doing something few other cities of its size have ever tried. It's embedding technology in utility meters to collect and analyze water, gas and electricity use
TRANSPORTBike Infrastructure Debate Settled
For decades, cyclists bickered amongst themselves about the efficacy and safety of bike infrastructure. With the proliferation of protected bike lanes in recent years, however, everyone can see that predictions about bike lanes making streets more dangerous for cycling simply didn't come to pass.