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Night Sky Comes Alive With Aurora Borealis

Night Sky Comes Alive With Aurora Borealis | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

"Peak season to spot rare, dazzling night skies over Canada and Alaska."


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Lorraine Chaffer's comment, June 1, 2013 7:49 AM
Aurora Borealis has cultural significance for many people in the arctic
Morgan Stewart's comment, July 25, 2013 9:15 PM
This is so beautiful! Seeing an aurora borealis is one of the things on my bucket list and I really hope I get to experience it.
Chloe Williamson's comment, August 13, 2013 10:12 AM
This is would be an incredible sight to witness! I hope I can see is beautiful aurora one day.
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How to 'Rightsize' a Street

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The concept of a "road diet” has become increasingly popular, though the phrase fails to capture the wide variety of ways in which streets planned and paved decades ago often awkwardly fit the needs of changing communities today.

 

In many cases, redesigning city streetscapes is not just (or not at all) about eliminating roadway. It may be about adding parking (to benefit new businesses), or building a new median (for pedestrians who were never present before), or simply painting new markings on the pavement (SCHOOL X-ING).

 

 The above image pair, from the collection, shows before-and-after scenes of Prospect Park West in Brooklyn. Starting in the summer of 2010, the New York City Department of Transportation began retrofitting the street to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians crossing into Prospect Park. The whole project wasn’t simply a matter of pruning traffic lanes, but of adding yield signs, new traffic signal timing, bike lanes and pedestrian islands.


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American Grove's comment, January 28, 2013 8:56 AM
Too often space for trees (6 feet minimum) are left off the plan in a road diet.
American Grove's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:59 AM

Munciple Arborist Beware!  Too often sufficient space for trees are being left out of the plans in road diets.  The problem is competing space for paths, bikeways, parking squeeze out an 8ft planting strip to a 4 ft planting strip or less.  4 Strip planting strips is not enough soil for shade trees. Bulb outs into parking and root bridging are innovative ways to work with the lack of space but requires an arborist to help plan. 

Suzette Jackson's curator insight, September 10, 2014 6:23 PM

Has your city 'rightsized' your streets? Slowing traffic and creating more engaging neighbourhoods

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How to Transform a Waterfront: Project for Public Spaces

How to Transform a Waterfront: Project for Public Spaces | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

As more cities envision their waterfronts as lively public destinations that keep people coming back, PPS outlines the following principles to make that happen.

 

They are not all hard and fast laws, but rules of thumb drawn from 32 years of experience working to improve urban waterfronts around the world. These ideas can serve as the framework for any waterfront project seeking to create vibrant public spaces, and, by extension, a vibrant city.


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 13, 2013 8:16 PM
Visit the article link for more information on the strategies and concepts outlined, including the following:

  •  Make public goals the primary objective
  • Create a shared community vision
  • Create multiple destinations
  • Optimize public access
  • Use parks to connect destinations
  • Design and program buildings to engage the public space
  • Support multiple modes of transportation and limit vehicular access
Lorraine Chaffer's comment, June 3, 2013 6:35 AM
Making places for people improves liveability
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A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

 

 "CMYPlay" is a knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes embedded in the ground floor of the  building, with crawl spaces wrapped around slanting columns and each other in a dense social thicket "befitting of Manhattan." 

 

Burrowing visitors will (quite literally) run into strangers and colleagues alike, while the tops of the tubes can be street furniture. The clash of color and use of plastic are a pointed contrast to the details and surfaces of the  building. Also, the tubes could be recycled and sent to various playgrounds and schools to be re-used...


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Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity

Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans in November to expand the city’s Riverwalk by six blocks, tying public space along Lake Michigan to the confluence of the river’s three branches at Wolf Point.

Conceptual plans establish identities for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street.

The project is intended to draw more recreation to the riverfront, presumably to include kayaking at the Cove and the Marina, and fishing at the jetty. After the state com- mitted $10 million to clean up the Chicago River, the Environmental Protection Agency followed suit, ordering a cleanup for the wastewater-ridden waterway downtown that would be comprehensive enough to make stretches actually clean enough for swimming.

 

 


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A Grand Idea To Revitalize A City, Using Living Art

A Grand Idea To Revitalize A City, Using Living Art | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

David Lagé believes that East Buffalo needs a bit of TLC. 

The element of engagement will deepen a connection between residents and new local cooperatives establishing community gardens at vacant lots. They enlisted five local artists to create free-standing sculptures for three established locales


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Emilie Wacogne's curator insight, February 27, 2013 8:15 AM

La revitalisation de la "Rust Belt" américaine par l'Art...

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 1, 2013 7:53 AM

Improving the liveability of places can involve engaging the community - street art and unique installations can be effective in achieving this.



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India Leads World in Deaths of Children Under Five

India Leads World in Deaths of Children Under Five | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Child health improving slower in India than the rest of the world, United Nations study shows.

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Lorraine Chaffer's comment, June 1, 2013 7:51 AM
Some places are less liveable than others for children - who are the ones least able to choose where they live.
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Kiribati and Climate Change

Kiribati and Climate Change | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Fearing that climate change could wipe out their Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the population to Fiji.

 

How urgent is the issue of climate change?  That question is not only geographic in content, but the response might also be somewhat contingent on geography as well.  If your country literally has no higher ground to retreat to, the thought of even minimal sea level change would be totally devastating. 


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 15, 2014 4:31 PM

This shows one of the worst consequences of climate change, large scale migration. If sea levels continue to rise, millions of people will be displaced and other countries will have to take in these environmental refugees. Climate change will directly and indirectly impact the geography of the world. Population geography will be drastically altered when areas like Kiribati are wiped off the map. 

Lena Minassian's curator insight, May 7, 2015 12:06 PM

The people of Kiribati are facing trouble with their archipelago and are considering moving their population to Fiji. Kiribati straddles the equator and is facing severe climate change with many areas rising about sea level. Many of the population has already moved and the increase in sea levels has contaminated the fresh water supply. Kiribati is close to Fiji but there is a major concern on where all of their population will live if making the move. Kiribati is relatively poor and government is trying to purchase land in Fiji to secure their people's safety. 

Fred Issa's curator insight, December 2, 2015 3:57 PM

Do you think that you have problems? Review the problem that the people on the Island of Kiribati have right now. Their paradise island is slowly sinking into the ocean, and will leave these people without homes, and livelihoods. Imagine you entire world as you know it slipping below the waves one tide at a time. This is the very real problem that the citizens of this island paradise has right now. The good news is that the people of the Island of Fiji have invited the people from this and other islands to migrate to their island. At a time in our world when refugees from Syria are being turned away from being allowed to escape from the murder machine known as ISIS, this is a welcome sign. I hope the peaceful people of the Island of Kiribati find new safe homes and occupations in Fiji. Fred Issa,

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China's one-child policy creates massive gender imbalance

The Chinese government says its so-called "one-child policy" has succeeded in reining in its population. But more than three decades after the policy's imple...

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Christina Dadaian's comment, July 5, 2013 4:13 PM
They'll have to balance out eventually. Either that or have the entire population suffer. It may take time but I imagine that things will correct themselves before it's too late.
Brooklyn McKenzie's comment, August 2, 2013 12:14 PM
It's kind of sad. I hope that those four brothers will some day find the love of their life. It must be pretty sad to see happy couples when you're single. Maybe one day things will even out.
Shelby Porter's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:28 PM

This video gives a summary of the extreme consequences the "one-child policy" China has set in place. There are so many more men than women now, many are left to be bachelors for life. Many Chinese women are moving into the city looking for a rich and powerful man, and they succeed because there men are eager to marry. The Chinese have always had a preference for male children over female children. Now that the difference in population in so high, the government has made it illegal for doctors to tell parents the sex of their child before birth. This is a great example of the different kinds of culture that exist on the other side of the world. 

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Eyjafjallajokull's Volcanic Ash

Eyjafjallajokull's Volcanic Ash | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Eyjafjallajokull, a glacier-covered volcano in southern Iceland, erupted explosively on April 14, 2010.  This dataset was created with the FIM-Chem-Ash forecasting model. The forecast starts April 15 and runs for one week.

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Lorraine Chaffer's comment, June 1, 2013 7:48 AM
Nature impacts on the liveability of places
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Where is the best country to be a child?

Where is the best country to be a child? | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The data in this year's UN report on children throws up as many surprises as predictable patterns. In which country are children most likely to die before they reach the age of 5?

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Ross Mackay's curator insight, December 16, 2015 7:56 PM

A way of understanding Human Wellbeing around the world and differences for children.

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Northbridge among Australia's most walkable suburbs

Northbridge among Australia's most walkable suburbs | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The notorious nightclub suburb of Northbridge has been labelled the most "walkable" suburb in Perth.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 21, 2013 8:26 AM

Walkability is linked to liveability

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Concrete jungle: Push to grow more green spaces across Sydney - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Concrete jungle: Push to grow more green spaces across Sydney - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
City dwellers are catching on to the environmental and social benefits of installing green walls and roofs in increasingly dense urban centres.

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Canberra ranks highly as knowledge hub - The Canberra Times

Canberra ranks highly as knowledge hub - The Canberra Times | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The Canberra Times Canberra ranks highly as knowledge hub The Canberra Times ''This is probably the first and most comprehensive study of this kind to measure all Australian cities, and to explain the competitiveness of our cities are connected to...
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The Economic Benefits of Great Public Places

The Economic Benefits of Great Public Places | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

Sometimes it’s hard to define what makes a great place, but you know it when you experience it. Great places lure people in with activities, people watching, shopping or just the experience of being around others and feeling a sense of connection.

 

Does this only happen at organic farmers markets or outdoor cafes? Hardly. Placemaking doesn’t just occur in affluent communities or vacation hotspots. Chicago’s 26th street in Little Village, 18th Street in Pilsen, or the Glenwood Market in Rogers Park are evidence that the power of a vibrant public place transcends geographic and demographic boundaries.

 

Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, writes that creating places worth caring about makes for strong communities. We couldn’t agree more.

 


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The Top 10 Most Livable Cities of 2012

The Top 10 Most Livable Cities of 2012 | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

The Quality of Living Survey is conducted annually by Mercer to help multinational companies and organizations fairly compensate their employees when assigning them to international placements.
This year, the company evaluated the local living conditions of more than 460 cities worldwide, and the survey was based on 39 factors, divided into 10 categories: Political and social environment, economic environment, socio-cultural environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing, and natural environment.

According to the list, European cities still make up the top of the crop this year, seizing eight out of the top ten slots. Among them, Switzerland and Germany proved best-performing, with three cities in the top ten.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Auckland retains its position as the highest-ranking city when it comes to quality of living. China had three cities edged into the top 100 list, with Hong Kong performing best at the 70th place, Taipei ranked 85th, and Shanghai at the 95th spot...


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New map pinpoints cities to avoid as sea levels rise

New map pinpoints cities to avoid as sea levels rise | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Sydney, Tokyo and Buenos Aires are in for some of the biggest sea-level rises by 2100, finds one of the most comprehensive predictions to date

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Lorraine Chaffer's comment, June 1, 2013 7:54 AM
Future liveability will be impacted by climate change
Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, July 6, 2013 7:09 PM

CD - The application of human environment systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental change being investigated.

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Climate change 'will make hundreds of millions homeless'

Climate change 'will make hundreds of millions homeless' | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Rising carbon dioxide levels indicate rise in temperatures that could lead agriculture to fail on entire continents

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Population growth and climate change explained by Hans Rosling – video

Han Rosling demonstrates the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions

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MAP: Number Of Internally Displaced Spiked In 2012

MAP: Number Of Internally Displaced Spiked In 2012 | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
A record number of people were internally displaced by war, violence, and political oppression in 2012, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

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Lorraine Chaffer's comment, June 1, 2013 7:50 AM
When places become unliveable people are displaced.
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Save the Children mothers' index: 10 worst countries in sub-Saharan Africa

Save the Children mothers' index: 10 worst countries in sub-Saharan Africa | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Finland has lowest rates of mother and child mortality while US scores relatively poorly on maternal health

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Population 7 Billion

Population 7 Billion | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

"Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global population has more than doubled, and the UN projects that it could possibly grow to 15 billion by the year 2100. As the international organization points out, this increasing rate of change brings with it enormous challenges."

 


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Roman M's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:17 AM

At first, the world's population did not grow a lot. Now we are growing about 1 billion in 12 years, that is scary compared to the 200 years we grew about 1 billion. These are some pictures of some highly dense populations. It is even scarier that in 2100 the population is suspected to be 15 billion.

jada_chace's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:25 AM

Over the years our world population has grown enormously. Almost  200 years ago there was only 1 billion people in the world, and as time went on the population started to increase dramatically. By 2100, geographers say the population will grow to be 150 million people in the world. The population continues to grow throughout time, we therefore should be cautious on how we are to our environment.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 22, 2015 12:49 PM

I saw the pictures. It is amazing how peoples back yards are all different. From water to dirt to garbage to no back yards at all. I was commenting on the fact with the population growth there is only one way to build and that is up. Then i saw the pictures of the High risers and how tall they were and so close together. It is a no wonder people live in a stressful environment. There is nothing like living in a wide open land lot with grass in Wyoming or Montana but that sure will change in the next 50 years.

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Brisbane jumps up expensive city list

Brisbane jumps up expensive city list | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
BRISBANE is one of most expensive cities in the world now - worse than New York, London, Rome, and Hong Kong - but it's still not as bad as Sydney and Melbourne.

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Dhaka has lost liveability, experts say | Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka has lost liveability, experts say | Dhaka Tribune | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The capital city has lost its liveability, experts said at a seminar yesterday. They said RMG and other factories must be moved outside the city to save it.

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Inclusive, cooler cities: A different take on liveability

Inclusive, cooler cities: A different take on liveability | Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
In a discussion following the announcement here of the Green City Index Asia two years ago, it was suggested that Singapore could possibly top the list because it is very wealthy.

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