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Fast Track to Skyrocketing Real Estate Prices: The New Public-Transit Effect

New York City homeowner Tina Larsson watched for nearly a decade as a new subway station was built right across the street from her brick midcentury co-op on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The excavation blasts shook her walls and sent dust spewing into the air; the noise and disruption choked off business to once-busy restaurants and shops. Now, Larsson, 51, and many of her longtime neighbors, are finally ready to reap the real estate rewards. Read more... Read more

Why Detroit’s Urban Gardens and Vacant Land are Good for At-Risk Bee Populations

Amid the concrete and cityscape of downtown Detroit lies Lafayette Greens, an urban garden nestled in a plot where the Lafayette Building once stood. The urban garden positions itself as a focal point in a conversation about the burgeoning urban food movement and its potential to enhance city living, change a globalized food system, and address urban sustainability and food security. It’s also one of 30 sites in metro Detroit chosen for a study researching some at-risk pollinators: bumblebees. Read... Read more

China Breaks Ground on First “Forest City” that Fights Air Pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees—a sea of greenery capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually. Read more  ... Read more

Chicago Programs Aim to Lead Minority Youth to City Planning

​Throughout Chicago, there are a growing number of programs aimed at bringing more youth from poverty or minority backgrounds into the civic mindset. Educators and organizers behind the efforts are betting on the fact that if more minority youth in the region get involved in city planning or architecture — fields that are dominated throughout the U.S. by white men — they can start reversing the dramatic lack of racial equity. Read more... Read more

Plan 2020: This is the key to Indy’s Future

​With Indianapolis’ bicentennial approaching in 2020, area leaders believe the capital city’s future increasingly depends on its ability to attract residents back to its urban core. And this week, the city and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee unveiled what they hope will become a road map to doing just that. Read more... Read more

Mayors and City Planners Ask Presidential Candidates, “What’s Your Plan for America’s Cities?”

​April is American City Quality Month, and city leaders and planners are asking Presidential Candidates, “What’s your plan for America’s cities?” In conjunction with this outreach, the Council has sent a letter to the U.S. Congress, state governors, and state legislators asking the respective leaders to immediately commit to preparing, adopting and implementing the nationwide and regional physical development plans to support economic and social development and environmental protection policies. The commitment is sought as part of the 28th annual,... Read more

St. Paul’s Pop Up Meeting Van and Plan Are Ready for 2016

​Pop Up Meeting is St. Paul’s ambitious drive to increase diversity and participation in the city’s urban planning process. Drivers hold meetings during which they solicit survey responses, verbal opinions and other feedback, then share those ideas. In Pop Up Meeting’s inaugural season, 70 percent of participants had never before engaged with the city planning process. This year, Pop Up Meeting aims to reach St. Paul’s most underrepresented citizens, particularly those with limited or nonexistent English fluency. Read more... Read more
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