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thoughts, ideas + dialogues on urban revitalization, smart growth + neighborhood development
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How we will live: More green, more urban, more efficient

How we will live: More green, more urban, more efficient | green streets | Scoop.it
The neighborhoods of 2039 will feel more like cityscapes with environmentally friendly, energy efficient amenities and people living closer to their jobs.

How we live is indicative of who we are, and both are changing. As city planners look to the next quarter century, they must factor in three profound shifts in modern society: information technology, mobility and climate.

As with everything else, technology is changing not just how we live and work, but the cities where we live and work. That technology has already affected social change, making younger generations more mobile and urban. Technology has also offered new solutions to some of the biggest challenges for 21st century urban planners—climate change and how we make our neighborhoods as green as possible.


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 7, 6:00 AM

Il y a besoin de réfléchir à comment  intégrer les projets de durabilité en milieu urbain et les projets technologiques. On présente souvent ces derniers comme la solution aux questions posées par les premiers; c'est vrai, comme l'indiquent des observateurs du Green IT mais seulement si elles sont aussi élaborées avec une démarche RSE Au final, la technologie serait plutôt une  des composantes de nos vies futures apportant son lot de solutions et de questions... à nous de pousser à ses côtés aussi d'autres solutions  : nouvelles attitudes, nouveaux usages pour une ville durable... mais aussi désirable et humaine ?

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Smart Growth = Smart Parenting

Smart Growth = Smart Parenting | green streets | Scoop.it

Put the village on hold. For the time being, it’s gonna take a parent, a councilman and a developer to raise a child.

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What Makes a Great Urban Street? | The Shouting Hare

What Makes a Great Urban Street? | The Shouting Hare | green streets | Scoop.it

We recently had the opportunity to think about what makes a streetscape feel or be urban. As part of the exercise, several people from our office collected images of what they thought were landscape characteristics of a vibrant urban street and we started developing an ever evolving list: bold horticulture that stands up to the architecture, busy sidewalk in front of a skyscraper; density; not always clean and orderly; vibrant colors; places to spend money; illuminated wildly at night; trees; water; somewhere to watch people; shade; irregularity from one street/storefront to the next.

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Los Angeles, CA - Year 2106

Los Angeles, CA - Year 2106 | green streets | Scoop.it
The primary organizational components that define contemporary Los Angeles are enormous works of civil engineering - the railway tracks and bridges; the power grids; the"v" shaped, concrete L.A. River; and the ubiquitous steel and concrete freeways...
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It's not about sustainable cities; it’s about suburban jobs

It's not about sustainable cities; it’s about suburban jobs | green streets | Scoop.it
Sustainability, climate change and livability mean little to most Americans — but the implications impact everyone. How do you sell the story?
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Why Apple’s ascension to world’s largest company is great for cities | SmartPlanet

Is there any more potent a symbol of our civilization’s shift away from oil dependency and sprawl than a mobile devices company growing larger..?

As young people turn away from cars — a phenomenon so powerful that it has had the marketing departments of car companies running scared for years — they are left with no other option than mass transit, and that means increased density, urbanism, walkability and everything else required to bring our way of life in line with planetary boundaries.

Millennials aren’t just fleeing the automobile; they’re also explicitly fleeing McMansions and the suburbs. As S. Mitra Kalita and Robbie Whelan reported in the Wall Street Journal:

Gen Y housing preferences are the subject of at least two panels at this week’s convention. A key finding: They want to walk everywhere. Surveys show that 13% carpool to work, while 7% walk, said Melina Duggal, a principal with Orlando-based real estate adviser RCLCO. A whopping 88% want to be in an urban setting, but since cities themselves can be so expensive, places with shopping, dining and transit such as Bethesda and Arlington in the Washington suburbs will do just fine.

The ascension of Apple, a company in the vanguard of firms that make devices you don’t need until you have one and become hopelessly addicted, literally represents a wealth transfer from the old economy — cars, oil, long commutes — to a new one built on a desire to capitalize on virtual connectivity by recapitulating it in the real world. The mechanism of this wealth transfer are consumers themselves, who are making decisions every day to buy an iPad instead of a new car, or to move closer to work so that they don’t have to drive at all.

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Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative | The White House

Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative | The White House | green streets | Scoop.it

The Obama Administration recognizes that the interconnected challenges in high-poverty neighborhoods require interconnected solutions. Struggling schools, little access to capital, high unemployment, poor housing, persistent crime, and other challenges that feed into and perpetuate each other call for an integrated approach so residents can reach their full potential.

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The end of Borders and the importance of third places in the city

The end of Borders and the importance of third places in the city | green streets | Scoop.it
The liquidation of Borders bookstores in American cities raises the question of how to preserve the social value of spaces in prime downtown real estate.
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