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#Market time in San Pedro. #city #cities #market... Pedalling myths: the anti-bike lobby is flat out of plausible arguments. If you hold the view that bikes, and bike lanes, are among the greatest evils threatening society today, you might at first have been pleased to see this week's Toronto Sun column by Mike Strobel, which has circulated widely online.

Pedalling myths: the anti-bike lobby is flat out of plausible arguments

Initially, it appears to stand in the fine tradition of anti-bike screeds such as those by the New York Post's Steve Cuozzo or Andrea Peyser, or the New Yorker's John Cassidy. All are on the frontlines of what's been called the "bikelash", brave fighters willing to stand firm against the growing popularity of cycling across north America. EBW_WALKING_REVOLUTION. 12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data - Emily Badger. This "Airbnb For Storefronts" Is Creating New Opportunities In A New York Neighborhood. Despite its rapid gentrification over the past decade, New York City’s Lower East Side is still surprisingly full of vacant storefronts, as many as 200.

This "Airbnb For Storefronts" Is Creating New Opportunities In A New York Neighborhood

According to Eric Ho, an architect and founder of neighborhood revitalization group miLES (Made in the Lower East Side), that’s because many landlords are content to sit on empty properties until the perfect, high-paying, long-term tenant comes along to sign a lease. The result is a constellation of unoccupied spaces that add little value to neighborhood residents, business-owners, and visitors. MiLES’s mission is to activate those storefronts, by matching up vacant units with temporary tenants, including entrepreneurs who might want a space to run a pop-up shop or education and community focused organizations looking for affordable meeting space. Connecting Urban Explorers. Could Coconuts Purify Urban Water Supplies?

This post is also available in: Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Farsi By Kyla Mandel at Green Futures The humble coconut can offer a quick-fix for the thirsty, but could it also provide a reliable source of clean water?

Could Coconuts Purify Urban Water Supplies?

Research Triangle International [RTI] believes it could. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it has been developing a cost-effective wastewater filtration system to tackle the problem of poor sanitation across the developing world. Why Urbanista.org? The Spontaneous City International. Challenges and Warts: How Physical Places Define Local Economies. Is this Placemaking?

Challenges and Warts: How Physical Places Define Local Economies

Some would say yes… / Photo: Brendan Crain “People develop, not places.” ‘Do not base policies about cycling on the views of existing committed cyclists’ Some of you will no doubt remember the advice – quoted in the headline of this post – of the 2011 Understanding Walking and Cycling Report [pdf]. do not base policies about cycling on the views and experiences of existing committed cyclists.

‘Do not base policies about cycling on the views of existing committed cyclists’

Welcome to the Flaneur Society. Citizen Powered Change. How it Works. The Public Realm Creates the City. We cultivate livability. What is Placemaking? What if we built our communities around places?

What is Placemaking?

As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being. Stats about all US cities - real estate, relocation info, crime, house prices, cost of living, races, home value estimator, recent sales, income, photos, schools, maps, weather, neighborhoods, and more. Green Roof Blocks - Simple Solutions to Building Green! This Big City - ideas for sustainable cities. March 9, 2010 by Joe Peach Yesterday, eVolo magazine announced the winners of their 2010 Skyscraper Competition, an award that aims to ‘discover young talents whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.’

This Big City - ideas for sustainable cities

Cyclists and Pedestrians Can End Up Spending More Each Month Than Drivers - Commute. Kelly Clifton has heard this stereotype a number of times: "Cyclists are just a bunch of kids who don’t have any money," says the professor of civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University.

Cyclists and Pedestrians Can End Up Spending More Each Month Than Drivers - Commute

"They ride their bikes to a coffee shop, they sit there for four hours with their Macintoshes, they’re not really spending any money. " If you’re a shopkeeper with such suspicions, you’re probably not on board with any plan that would cut down on parking right outside your door. Cyclists are the ones with time to kill; drivers are the ones with money. This perception is problematic in a place like Portland, where the bike-friendly city government is now looking to extend the reach of bike infrastructure – and the appeal of bikes themselves – to newer riders and neighborhoods farther afield from the urban core.

The WaterTank Project. A grocery store for the people planned for West Oakland food desert. Brahm Ahmadi spends a lot of time thinking about something most people take for granted: grocery stores.

A grocery store for the people planned for West Oakland food desert

But it hasn’t always been this way. As one of the founders of the nonprofit People’s Grocery in West Oakland — the Bay Area’s most notorious food desert — he and his colleagues started out with more affordable, less ambitious projects, like a mobile food delivery service and a local community-supported agriculture (CSA) box. But it quickly became clear — as several grocery chains tried to enter the neighborhood and failed, and residents were left relying on corner stores or taking long trips by public transportation to other neighborhoods — that the area needed a reliable, independent grocery store.

Is Free Rent Enough to Jumpstart a Sleepy Commercial District? - Neighborhoods. For decades, about five blocks of the South Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, was all but vacant.

Is Free Rent Enough to Jumpstart a Sleepy Commercial District? - Neighborhoods

Once a small, thriving cultural district on the border of affluent sections of the city's Southside, South Avondale's business district had experienced a stunning decline in recent decades thanks to "white flight," population loss, and the closing of industrial businesses that manufactured goods such as cotton and bricks.

A 2010 photo shows construction at the building that's now home to the Avondale Brewing Company, via Flickr user Dystopos So when stimulus money became available for "shovel ready" projects in Birmingham, residents and city leaders thought of South Avondale's business district. Out of more than $20 million in federal stimulus bonds allocated for streets and park renovations in Birmingham, $3 million was put toward expanding a Central Park-modeled public recreation area on the land where the zoo once sat. The Limits of Density - Neighborhoods. Density is all the rage these days. Urban economists, some of whom could be heard extolling the praises of "sun, skills, and sprawl" just a few years ago, now see increasing density as the key to improving productivity and driving economic growth.

In his story for The Atlantic, "How Skyscrapers Can Save the City," Harvard University’s Edward Glaeser put it this way: "As America struggles to regain its economic footing, we would do well to remember that dense cities are also far more productive than suburbs, and offer better-paying jobs ... tall buildings enable the human interactions that are at the heart of economic innovation, and of progress itself. " What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community? - Neighborhoods. Ontario's Environmental WatchdogOntario's Environmental Watchdog. Commissioner’s Remarks to the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Launch: November 22, 2010, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. The Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force - the United Way of Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto. ANC - Home. Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) was a unique learning initiative that explored and assessed approaches to locally-driven neighbourhood revitalization that can enhance the capacity of individuals and families to build and sustain strong, healthy communities.

Working with local residents, not-for-profit agencies and public and private sector partners, ANC combined local resources in new ways to develop creative locally-based solutions for sustainable community development and neighbourhood revitalization.

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Bee keeping. Toronto. Vanishing Point. Spacing. Why We Pay More for Walkable Neighborhoods - Jobs & Economy. Get Your Walk Score - Find Walkable Apartments and Rentals. Now Coveted - A Walkable, Convenient Place. Walkability. The Stunning Geography of Incarceration - Design. TXTilecity. OBlog: Design Observer.