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Next American City 2015-05-22 15:00:00
(Credit: KC Streetcar) Kansas Citians typically drive whenever they travel. The city has a public transit system, but in many areas, service is spotty at best. The city?s freeways and boulevards flow smoothly at almost any hour of the day; in 2013, the annual Tom Tom Traffic Index ranked Kansas City, Missouri, as the least congested large city in the Americas …


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Next American City 2015-05-22 12:30:00
Terreform?s Bio City Map (Credit: Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology]) United Nations? projections for the explosion of Earth?s human population in the next century are monopoly-money high. We?re at seven billion and according to the UN, we?ll soon hit 11 billion. The numbers, impossible to comprehend, feel fake. Will the difference even be noticeable? Will all landmasses on Earth be packed …


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Next American City 2015-05-22 11:00:00
The National Trust for Historic Preservation reports that a mix of older, smaller buildings make for more vibrant, walkable communities, like on this streetscape in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) In the gentrification wars, preservationists are often pitted against affordable housing advocates, as is evidenced in the recent debates about height limits in D.C. Related Stories Why Preservationists Are Mapping Detroit’s Historic …


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Next American City 2015-05-21 21:43:00
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) Boston is leading the country when it comes to saving energy and implementing environmentally and economically sound policy, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The city was one of 51 in the U.S. ranked for “energy efficiency efforts across five policy areas: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation.” Related …


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Next American City 2015-05-21 15:15:00
A green infrastructure installation is planned for this vacant lot on the east side of Detroit. (Photo by Matthew Lewis) The verdure of spring is on full display in Detroit ? but so, too, are the challenges of maintaining open land in a fiscally challenged city where over 30 percent of all parcels are vacant. Overgrowth and illegal dumping are not …


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Next American City 2015-05-21 15:00:00
To begin the workshop, East Chattanooga residents and business owners led their teams on a tour of the neighborhood they love. (Credit: Our Ampersand Photography) The team: 31 artists and designers, 25 architects and housing experts, 23 community members, 18 urban planners, 11 local foundation and city representatives, 2 landscape architects and between them, eight Next City Vanguards. Related Stories 10 Reasons …


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Next American City 2015-05-21 13:33:00
A new ranking out this week names the top global cities ? and pinpoints the cities with the most potential to be on that list in the future. Related Stories Affordable Care Act Could Remove Shackles of Working Only for the BenefitsObama Gets Nod of Thanks for StreetcarWhich Cities Are Most Ready to Fill Tech Jobs?New “Name” for Pittsburgh Neighborhood Focuses …


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Next American City 2015-05-21 12:30:00
(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) City planners may throw ?resilience? around like a buzzword, but as opposed to ?smart? (or the dreaded ?impactful?), it means something real. Related Stories Tokyo Building Enormous “Super-Levees” to Hold Back Its RiverA Few Ways Mayor de Blasio Might Undo Bloomberg’s Climate Change LegacyBits of a “Floating City” in a Former Hub of Vice“Urban Improvement Districts” Let Durbanites Pay More …


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Next American City 2015-05-21 11:00:00
Brooklyn?s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Last week, New York magazine published a provocative, but troubling excerpt from author D.W. Gibson’s new book The Edge Becomes the Center: The Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century. Its frank description of real estate plunder in Brooklyn offers a rare glimpse into how race influences current-day real estate transactions. Related Stories Introducing the Latest, …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 20:30:00
Gurgaon?s slum-dwellers are continuously displaced from their neighborhoods to make way for gated communities, office towers and high-rise condos. ((AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) You can practically feel the money pumping through the congested streets of Gurgaon. In this posh suburb of New Delhi, towering new condo developments and office parks are constantly under construction. What was, just 25 years ago, a collection …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 18:30:00
Seattle is one of five cities chosen for the City Accelerator program. (Photo by Manleyaudio) Five U.S. cities received great news this week from the Citi Foundation and Living Cities. Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, New Orleans and Seattle have been chosen to join City Accelerator, a $3 million initiative to promote municipal innovation. Each city will receive up to $170,000 in funds …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 18:00:00
In Minneapolis, the Metro Transit is considering streetcar and BRT options with property value increases, new development and jobs in mind. (Photo by Randy Stern) If you believe the wisdom popularized during 2014?s streetcar backlash, BRT is a more-bang-for-less-buck equivalent to the cute but costly trolley. Its oft-cited drawback is that buses in right-of-ways lack the redevelopment potential of anything with …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 16:00:00
A U.S. airman installs AquaFence. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force) Sandbags were no match for Hurricane Sandy, and they’re unlikely to do much in the face of rising sea levels predicted for coastal U.S. cities. Related Stories New Law Will Lift New York’s Waterfront Structures Up In the AirFlood Insurance Premiums Set to Skyrocket Unless Congress ActsNew …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 14:58:00
This vacant house in Detroit’s MorningSide neighborhood will be auctioned off by the Detroit Land Bank Authority. (Photo by Anna Clark) Call it a tale of two neighborhoods. On the far east side of Detroit, adjacent East English Village and MorningSide once marked the far point of the famed ribbon farms that stretched to the edge of the Detroit River and …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 12:38:00
Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning the primary election on May 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) In Philadelphia’s mayoral primary yesterday, Democrat Jim Kenney was a clear winner. The former councilman beat his opponents ? including a former city district attorney and a pro-charter school state senator ? by a wide margin. Voter turnout was low, …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 12:30:00
As he begins his second term, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in charge of a city with a troubled credit rating. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was dealt a blow when credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service reduced the city’s credit rating to junk status due to the city’s inability to provide major fixes to its …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 11:00:00
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Medical University Hospital’s palliative care ward, in Dhaka, is rare for Bangladesh. For a girl who?d begun working in a factory at age 11, it seemed like a surprisingly luxurious place to die. In January 2013, Sumaya Khatun, a 16-year-old garment worker in Bangladesh, fell ill with a brain tumor. Just over a year later, she spent a …


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Next American City 2015-05-20 10:00:00
Michael Tragash Next City isn?t just a news website, we are a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities. Part of how we do that is by connecting our readers to the interesting people who are part of our Next City Network. Related Stories This Woman Wants You to Think About What’ll Happen to Your City …


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Next American City 2015-05-19 21:10:00
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) New York Mayor Bill de Blasio today proposed leasing unused space in public housing complexes ? think trash areas, parking lots ? for private residential development. Related Stories Oil and Blood: Census Says Energy Boomtowns Are the Fastest-Growing Metro AreasDe Blasio Administration Vows to End the “Poor Door”Why NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez Is Skeptical of Public Housing’s Latest DealA …


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Next American City 2015-05-19 20:24:00
(Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin; 303 Gallery, New York; and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen; photo by James Ewing) New art installations dot Brooklyn Bridge Park, and they’re designed specifically to be touched or used by parkgoers. Related Stories What Urban Planners Can Learn From Skaters and Itinerant Marching BandsOne Man’s Crusade to Sprout Urban Trees All Over CalcuttaAtop Its Predecessor, Laying Out …


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