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Next American City 2014-12-24 16:40:00
Christmas Village at Love Park (Photo by Paul Gargagliano) As Mary Chapin Carpenter once sang, it’s Christmas time in the city. With that in mind, we sent photographer Paul Gargagliano out into the twinkling Philadelphia streets to capture a taste of the holiday glow. Paul’s job wasn’t only to photograph the city’s holiday makeover ? we also wanted him to investigate …


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Next American City 2014-12-24 13:30:00
The 400 block of K Street in Northwest Washington, D.C., got quite a bit taller in 2014. (Photo by Payton Chung) Remember when we asked you to send us photos of the changes you saw happening in your city? Well, we’ve gone through the pictures and arrived at a small collection that we believe helps tell the story of cities in …


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Next American City 2014-12-24 12:00:00
Stormwater treatment and pretty public space blend at Sherbourne Common in Toronto. (Photo by Randolph Croft) Bridges aside, North American infrastructure tends to place function over form. From freeway overpasses like giant clusters of tangled wires to data centers in hanger-sized warehouses, U.S. infrastructure is often impressive in scope; it?s the inspiration of numerous coffee table books; and it forms the …


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Next American City 2014-12-23 17:23:00
Hopeworks ‘N Camden headquarters (Photo by Alexis Stephens) State Street between Fifth and Sixth streets in Camden, New Jersey is lined with faith-based service organizations operating out of handsome, but well-worn Victorian homes. Related Stories Breaking Down the Door to Silicon ValleyOp-Ed: Smoothing Out Pittsburgh’s Remodel from Black to GreenOp-Ed: The Skilled Tradeswomen Making Green Energy PossibleU.S. Manufacturing Up; Reasons for Outsourcing Down A …


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Next American City 2014-12-23 15:00:00
?3D Print Canal House? has caught the attention of affordable housing advocates. (Credit: 3D Print Canal House) In Amsterdam, an international team of innovators is working on a solution to the housing crisis, and affordable housing advocates around the world are watching. The project, dubbed the 3D Print Canal House, combines a building site, research center and open exhibition space. (You …


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Next American City 2014-12-23 13:30:00
Researchers are applying an urban metabolism framework to study energy and water consumption across L.A. County. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) In the past two years, Yale?s Journal of Industrial Ecology has published a special issue devoted to ?urban metabolism for the urban century? and a paper on ?an urban metabolism approach to Los Angeles.? The phrase has also turned up in …


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Next American City 2014-12-23 12:00:00
A second light-rail line could be running from Sydney Harbour to the Australian city’s Central Station (above) and beyond by 2019. (Photo by Gareth Edwards) Our weekly roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories All Eyes Are on Upcoming Atlanta Transportation VoteNew Starts: L.A. Subway Inching to the Sea, Night Trains in London and Rail Returns to MauritiusCombo of Design, …


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Next American City 2014-12-22 22:49:00
Quito’s population has exploded from 200,000 in 1950 to 1.4 million in 2000. (Photo credit: Ana Guzzo on Flickr) The 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development ? more commonly known as Habitat III ? will be held in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. This decision will make Latin America the host of three out of the last four biennial …


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Next American City 2014-12-22 18:46:00
New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez speaks at the presentation of NYCHA’s annual plan. (Credit: New York City Housing Authority) In early December, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced that it had sold a 50 percent stake in eight of its developments to L+M Development Partners and BFC Partners. NYCHA will receive $150 million for the initial buy-in, an …


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Next American City 2014-12-22 13:50:00
(Photo: City of Austin) Advocacy group PeopleForBikes has just released their list of what they consider to be the top 10 best new bike lanes in the country. They all fall under the category of protected bike lanes ? ones in which there is some kind of physical barrier between the people on bikes and the people in cars. Related Stories Immersion …


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Next American City 2014-12-22 11:00:00
(Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) We like a judgy list as much as the next guy and so, in that not-quite-holiday spirit, we decided to compile and rank the most influential urban trends of 2014. From the inspiring demonstrations in cities across the U.S., to well-intentioned traffic interventions that don’t quite get the job done, to the significantly less well-intentioned antics of …


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Next American City 2014-12-19 18:42:00
Onlookers peek at the demolition of Detroit’s Tiger Stadium in 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Don?t call the Corner ?vacant.? The intersection of Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit?s Corktown is anything but empty. Related Stories Forefront Excerpt: Red Wings Stadium Upset!Detroit Artist: Actually, Detroit Isn’t So CheapTwo Cautionary Tales on Housing AccessDeveloper Has Plans for Detroit’s Long-Vacant Packard Plant Here, you?ll find 10 acres of …


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Next American City 2014-12-19 14:34:00
Workers rally for a $15-an-hour minimum wage outside a McDonald?s on Chicago’s South Side in September. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) All year on Next City, we’ve been following the rising minimum wage across U.S. cities. From a victory for L.A.?s hotel workers to Seattle?s groundbreaking increase to $15 an hour, municipalities are making headway in the effort to bring workers out …


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Next American City 2014-12-19 12:00:00
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Many transit riders are familiar with onboard WiFi, but as of September, in Porto, Portugal, buses, taxis and even garbage trucks actually act as moving hot spots, supplying Internet access to around 60,000 people each month. Related Stories The Problem With Some of the Most Powerful Numbers in Modern PolicingNew Google Fiber Expansion Ups Kansas City’s Tech RepWhat …


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Next American City 2014-12-18 17:00:00
Trump Taj Mahal workers in Atlantic City marched to City Hall in November to deliver a petition to Mayor Don Guardian asking for help in keeping the struggling casino open. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) “I truly want to cry. I see so many families that are being ripped apart now.? That?s what an Atlantic City cocktail waitress, on the eve of Revel …


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Next American City 2014-12-18 17:00:00
Trump Taj Mahal workers in Atlantic City marched to City Hall in November to deliver a petition to Mayor Don Guardian asking for help in keeping the struggling casino open. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) “I truly want to cry. I see so many families that are being ripped apart now.? That?s what an Atlantic City cocktail waitress, on the eve of Revel …


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Next American City 2014-12-18 17:00:00
Trump Taj Mahal workers in Atlantic City marched to City Hall in November to deliver a petition to Mayor Don Guardian asking for help in keeping the struggling casino open. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) “I truly want to cry. I see so many families that are being ripped apart now.? That?s what an Atlantic City cocktail waitress, on the eve of Revel …


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Next American City 2014-12-18 17:00:00
Trump Taj Mahal workers in Atlantic City marched to City Hall in November to deliver a petition to Mayor Don Guardian asking for help in keeping the struggling casino open. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) “I truly want to cry. I see so many families that are being ripped apart now.? That?s what an Atlantic City cocktail waitress, on the eve of Revel …


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Next American City 2014-12-18 17:00:00
Trump Taj Mahal workers in Atlantic City marched to City Hall in November to deliver a petition to Mayor Don Guardian asking for help in keeping the struggling casino open. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) “I truly want to cry. I see so many families that are being ripped apart now.? That?s what an Atlantic City cocktail waitress, on the eve of Revel …


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Next American City 2014-12-18 16:00:00
(Photo by Elizabeth Berg) The transition from industrial to post-industrial to knowledge economy is a familiar, but that doesn?t mean smaller cities have figured out all the answers. North Adams, in western Massachusetts? Berkshire Mountains, however, got some vindication last month that their strategy to become an art hub is working. On November 17th, outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $25.4 …


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