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America's 'Trente Glorieuses'? - Seeking Alpha

America's 'Trente Glorieuses'? - Seeking Alpha | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

In the post-war period starting from 1945, France and much of Western Europe experienced a virtual cycle of rapid economic growth lasting thirty years called les trente glorieuses. Economic growth was driven by the combination of rising working age population, incomes and standards of living. This is known as a "demographic dividend".


America may be on the verge of its own trente glorieuses as it experiences its own demographic dividend, driven by the combination of a rising working age population as the children of the post-war Baby Boomers grow up and enter the work force and immigration.

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Jaime Lerner sings of the city | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.


From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In the process he has transformed the face of cities worldwide. Full bio »

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 5, 2012 6:56 AM
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Gawad Kalinga | Inhabitat

Gawad Kalinga | Inhabitat | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

In the face of mass hyperurbanization, where do we even start to make a shift: fair labor practice, cleaning up the environment, more affordable housing? How can disaster response serve as a catalyst for bringing forth greater infrastructural change?


One organization based in the Philippines may just have a big part of the answer, and is certainly no stranger to disaster recovery. Gawad Kalinga is quickly becoming an international NGO that originally began as a local movement in the Philippines, aimed at eradicating poverty by building villages and communities with squatters all over the country. Started in 2000, several projects have already established together over 15,000 homes in more than 600 villages.


Gawad Kalinga, which means “to give care,” relies on strengthening communal infrastructure that not only includes site development, but education and health facilities, livelihood and community empowerment but, essentially, an economic engine for people and not just raw shelter. The homes are built on sweat equity and skills training, and the organization even provides start-up capital for micro-enterprises and the marketing of community-based products.


Founder Tony Meloto says, “If you want to bring the country out of poverty, give the poorest of the poor a middle class environment so they have middle class aspirations. [...] The problem of poverty is not economic, it is behavioral.”


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Learn The Facts | Let's Move!

Learn The Facts | Let's Move! | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.


Click here to learn the facts.

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States Face a Challenge to Meet Health Law’s Deadline

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act shifts the focus from whether sweeping changes to the health insurance market should take place to a scramble to meet the law’s rapidly approaching deadlines.


A number of largely Republican-led states that gambled on delay now face the unsettling prospect that the federal government could take over their responsibilities, particularly in setting up the health insurance marketplaces known as exchanges, where people will be able to choose among policies for their coverage.


Under the law, which the court upheld in its entirety by a 5-to-4 vote, individuals must be able to buy insurance coverage through the new state exchanges by Jan. 1, 2014.


The government projects that about 32 million people will gain insurance by 2019, with 24 million obtaining coverage through the exchanges and about 16 million newly qualifying for Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poorest Americans.

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KarmaTube: Food People Power

KarmaTube: Food People Power | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

“Food People Power For many years, people living in West Oakland had accepted eating unhealthy food as a way of life. That is, until a small group of people decided to change their community through Mandela MarketPlace, a non-profit that partners with local residents and rural, minority farmers to bring fresh agricultural produce to their local corner stores. Mandela MarketPlace now represents the difference that youth can make by challenging prevailing paradigms - you CAN select what you put in your body.”

 

watch video: http://bit.ly/LeKMmG

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Even Start Family Literacy

Even Start Family Literacy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"How can we reach the most predictable teacher for a child - the parent – with the right information to build literacy at home?"  

 

Two literacy programs in Georgia intend to answer that question. The story of Souns and the Even Start Family Literacy Program continues here and can be followed on Twitter @Counterpane

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No Kid Hungry: Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

No Kid Hungry: Campaign to End Childhood Hunger | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
The thought of children going to sleep hungry anywhere in the world is tough to swallow.

 

People may think that hunger is a problem which resides firmly in the hands of third world countries — but they’re mistaken. America has a problem too. America has the food and programs in place to end childhood hunger, but they are up against a lot: the stigmas and embarrassments that surround hunger, the challenges presented by access to healthy food, and the struggle to connect children with the resources they need to thrive.


In 1983, actor Jeff Bridges founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. It works with the entertainment industry and partners to produce and support media projects to end U.S. childhood hunger. They have recently partnered with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. This newly formed partnership will help make this goal even more attainable...


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Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City

Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
The climate change debate has been going on for years, with people on both sides of the fence arguing for its existence — and against it.

 

It’s hard to argue or turn a blind eye to the fact that, as the world’s population continues to grow, cities are becoming more and more crowded and the day-to-day pollution put into the environment by humans is starting to have an effect on our world. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of the world’s mega cities committed to addressing climate change, and have a meaningful global impact. They have created this stellar interactive graphic to help spread the news...


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Visualize a shorter commute — or a better job

Visualize a shorter commute — or a better job | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Seeing how our cities facilitate the commute to work reveals a lot about the benefit of investing in infrastructure.

 

If you lived at the Watergate, this is how long your commute would be around the city by car. Good news is that should you be heading to, say, the White House, you can get there in about 10 minutes...


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“Dr. Dia” says Hip-Hop is More than just Lyrics – It’s Therapy

“Dr. Dia” says Hip-Hop is More than just Lyrics – It’s Therapy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

 “Dr. Dia” is a Hip Hop scholar who holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She has a lifelong relationship with the Hip Hop culture and is fascinated with its ability to not only express emotion, but heal and ultimately transform lives.

 

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How Can You Measure Income Inequality? Count The Trees - COLORLINES

How Can You Measure Income Inequality? Count The Trees - COLORLINES | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Turns out there’s a direct correlation between the number of trees a neighborhood has and its monetary wealth — and we can see how this dynamic plays out in space. Environmental journalist Tim De Chant mapped it all out for us on his blog, Per Square Mile, where he worked up a small project called “Income Inequality, As Seen From Space.”

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Cherry Blossom Happiness Factor of City-Centric Inner Intelligence

Cherry Blossom Happiness Factor of City-Centric Inner Intelligence | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

On the broadest scale, we need to create a life-long learning system that optimizes human potential with appropriate attention and intention. Developing our citizen intelligences will determine the extent to which our cities will be sustainable. To do this in an evolutionarily respectful way, we must design our education system(s) so that it allows individual, family and cultural variation. Such variation needs simple rules that allow learners to experience learning unique to their potentials (ie. not one size fits all) while at the same time creating citizens able to contribute to the achievement of city, in ways that we can each and all enjoy the happiness that cherry blossoms bring.

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Republican Governor of Florida Says State Won’t Expand Medicaid

Republican Governor of Florida Says State Won’t Expand Medicaid | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

@toughLoveforx asks, "What?!"


Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican, said Monday that his state would not expand its Medicaid program.


The governor acknowledged that for three years, from 2014 to 2016, the federal government would pay all the costs of covering people newly eligible for Medicaid.


Republicans in Congress are encouraging continued state opposition to the federal law, which was upheld last week by the Supreme Court.


A Texas official welcomed the Supreme Court decision, saying it provided an opportunity for states to “push back against” the expansion of Medicaid.


More than one-fifth of Florida residents — roughly 4 million of 19 million people — lack health insurance.

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The Connected City - Design Mind

The Connected City - Design Mind | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Discussing technology's role in transforming the urban landscape with the New Cities Foundation's Mathieu Lefevre.


design mind: With urbanization growing exponentially, it seems as though there will be an implosion. What is technology’s role in managing or improving these new environments or mega cities?


Mathieu Lefevre: Take the subway in any major city, particularly in Asia, and this implosion you refer to is visible. Half of the passengers are reading the news, emailing their friends or playing Angry Birds on a phone or tablet. But I think, as strange as it may sound, technology has the potential to make the mega city more human or certainly to allow humans to connect more. One of the factors most closely associated with the experience of the megapolis in surveys is loneliness. Technology, while it does not replace human contact, can help connect city dwellers and certainly navigate the immensity of the megacity.

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The City of The Future: It's Changing -- But Into What?

The City of The Future: It's Changing -- But Into What? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Leading futurist Glen Hiemstra on what's driving change in 21st century cities...


Txchnologist: Which cities around the world are the most forward-looking and why? What do they need to consider as they prepare for the future?


Glen Hiemstra: One American city that might sound counterintuitive when we’re talking about cities looking to the future is Los Angeles. I think L.A. is waking up to the reality that it’s over-autocentric. It’s got a long road to go down, but the whole LA Metro project is pretty impressive. Another community that is attempting to look ahead is metro Atlanta, which is thought of as the picture of out-of-control sprawl but is now trying to shape their community for the future with a program called Atlanta Fifty Forward.


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Infographic of the Day: How Bad Is U.S. Health Care?

Infographic of the Day: How Bad Is U.S. Health Care? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

A bracing graphic summarizing the many failings of the U.S. health-care system.


The graphic by the The National Geographic summarizes the three facets of the problem: Cost, results, and access.

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 4, 2012 9:48 PM
really bad dan, we have to take care of ourselves
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Dead Aid - Dambisa Moyo : A detailed Review

Dead Aid - Dambisa Moyo :  A detailed Review | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The story of aid and economic its relation to economic backwardness has been told again and again. In this book however, Dr Moyo tells it with a new perspective, she not only tells it as it is but also tells as it should be....


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Where the heart is: Writers invite us into their idea of home

Where the heart is: Writers invite us into their idea of home | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Our homes do not have to offer us permanent occupancy or store our clothes to merit the name. Home can be an airport or a library, a garden or a hotel. Our love of home is in turn an acknowledgement of the degree to which our identity is not self-determined. We need a home in the psychological sense as much as we need one in the physical: to compensate for a vulnerability. We need a refuge to shore up our states of mind, because so much of the world is opposed to our allegiances. We need our rooms to align us to desirable versions of ourselves and to keep alive the important, evanescent sides of us.

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How Racist Are We? Ask Google

How Racist Are We? Ask Google | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Research that compares the use of racially charged search terms with voting patterns suggests that Barack Obama's race lowers his chance of re-election.

 

The United States is not a 'post-racial' society, obviously.  This research uses  region-specific Google searches on racial ephitats to act as a proxy for regions that are most racially charged.  This graphic is a result of the research found at The Atlantic.

 


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El Salvador’s Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S. - COLORLINES

El Salvador’s Historic Gang Truce May Show Pathway to Peace in the U.S. - COLORLINES | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Activists in the United States are watching closely as El Salvador works to address the root causes of gang violence.

 

In mid-June members of rival gangs Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18 in El Salvador marked 100 days of an historic gang truce. 

 

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Rodriguez, the longtime writer, adds that restorative justice is about asking perpetrators and victims to restore what was taken away.

 

“You can’t restore lives or property damage, but you can restore trust,” Rodriguez says. “One of the ways you can do that is by getting gang members themselves to commit to community and to change. We’re not just talking about the least violent. It’s a very important concept. It has worked when we’ve done it in different parts of the US with people who were once some of the most violent. It works to restore trust within civil society and those that are on the margins of society. We want to get them back in. It’s another way to go, rather than just punishing people.”

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America and the West’s dirty little secret

America and the West’s dirty little secret | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
By importing goods from polluting factories in Asia, Americans and others in developed countries underwrite carbon emissions...

 

This is a compelling question: are reductions in greenhouse gases best measured by production or consumption?  The question that this article is posing is essentially trying to find blame for greenhouse gas emmision, but thinking geographically, ponders where along the commodity chain should the bulk of the blame be placed.  What do you think?  


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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Challenge For Development

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Challenge For Development | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Agriculture remains the most prominent source of livelihood for households in developing countries, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimating that countries need to produce 70% more food on the same amount of land in order to feed their continually growing population. When communities have reliable energy providers, they are given their best chance of thriving. As population expands, farms and agribusiness will need to produce, process, and transport an increasing amount of food.


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How to find gardeners to share your yard with @Hyperlocavore

How to find gardeners to share your yard with @Hyperlocavore | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
This is a brief tutorial on how to use hyperlocavore.com to find people to share the yard or land you already have access to.
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Food sovereignty

Food sovereignty | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Health is the base of a happily functioning society.

 

Next to mental well-being nutrition plays an important role in this to raise energy levels and concentration, as medicine, and most important for prevention.

 

Read on for Campesina’s seven principles of food sovereignty.  http://bit.ly/MHasUr

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 1, 2012 1:16 PM
This is great dan