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New trend: Spell out your wedding proposal by biking around the city

New trend: Spell out your wedding proposal by biking around the city | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
This guy biked 18 miles around hilly San Francisco to spell out "Marry me, Emily?" (She said yes.)
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This is adorable!
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A Happy Halloween Humblebrag, or, Urban Farming is AWESOME

A Happy Halloween Humblebrag, or, Urban Farming is AWESOME | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Asia Dorsey argues urban farming is both public performance AND public service.   There is something about public performances that strike at the chord of those little spaces within us that say, "s...
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WATCH: Montreal's Amazing Musical Swing Set

WATCH: Montreal's Amazing Musical Swing Set | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
A new take on a favorite childhood pastime is allowing even complete strangers to make beautiful music together in downtown Montreal.
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How fun is this?! Let's have swings at bus stops...

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Highway Expansion Encourages More Than Just Driving

Highway Expansion Encourages More Than Just Driving | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
An upgrade for U.S. 36, between Denver and Boulder, will pull together a range of options to encourage people to drive less.
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All infrastructure projects should be taking the long view (reduce carbon emissions, adapt to climate change realities) as well as the broad view (broader uses, greater responsiveness to varying constituencies).

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More than an Emergency Room

A complete #citychat transcript of "More than an emergency room," a discussion on how anchor institutions such as hospitals can become better involved with their communities. Hosted by @MITCoLab.
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Bananas could become a future food staple due to climate change

Bananas could become a future food staple due to climate change | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Plants from the banana family could become a critical food source for millions as a result of global warming, say scientists analysing world food security.
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New Generation of Gulf Leaders in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Disease

New Generation of Gulf Leaders in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Disease | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Since Bill Gates began devoting most of his time to philanthropy, he's been spending more time in the Gulf and has been impressed by the young leaders shaping the region’s future and its involvement in humanitarian work.
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Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes | Video on TED.com

"What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community." 

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Asthma and the inner city: East St. Louis children struggle with life-threatening disease — Environmental Health News

Asthma and the inner city: East St. Louis children struggle with life-threatening disease — Environmental Health News | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
The 4-year-olds laughed as they ran out on the playground at the start of morning recess. Within minutes, one boy stopped, a terrified look on his face. Brenda Crisp and her staff immediately realized what was happening: Asthma attack.
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Hope springs a trap

Hope springs a trap | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
THE idea that an infusion of hope can make a big difference to the lives of wretchedly poor people sounds like something dreamed up by a well-meaning activist or a tub-thumping politician.
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Cook: So is Chattanooga a city that’s hip?

Cook: So is Chattanooga a city that’s hip? | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Happy 20th birthday to the Tennessee Aquarium. Without you, our city would not be what it is today. If you were a person, we’d paint your portrait and ask you to run for office.
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To Seriously Improve Global Health, Reinvent the Toilet

To Seriously Improve Global Health, Reinvent the Toilet | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

About 40 percent of all people, an estimated 2.6 billion of them, have no access to even a minimally sanitary facility, according to the World Health Organization.

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UN discusses Gross National Happiness indicator as successor to Gross Domestic Product

UN discusses Gross National Happiness indicator as successor to Gross Domestic Product | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS — Should happiness figure in a nation’s bottom line? And should the concept of Gross National Product be replaced by Gross National Happiness?
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Baltimore's Got Some Playful New 'Hopscotch Crosswalks'

Baltimore's Got Some Playful New 'Hopscotch Crosswalks' | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
And also ones that look like zippers.
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Smart growth community living increases physical activity in children

Smart growth community living increases physical activity in children | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
"Smart growth" neighborhoods show a 46% increase of physical activity in kids Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death and disease globally.
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The Melbourne supremacy

The Melbourne supremacy | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Movers and shakers on the EIU’s city liveability ranking THE best quality of life of any of the world's urbanites is still enjoyed by Melburnians, according...
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Having visited Melbourne in January, I can understand its high liveability ranking on the EIU report. It's a beautiful, easy to navigate city. My only reservation: the high cost of goods and services are fairly painful for visitors from other countries whose currency doesn't measure up well to the Australian Dollar.

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These Prostitute Posters Aren't What They Seem

These Prostitute Posters Aren't What They Seem | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Prostitution is legal in Argentina.

But it is basically unregulated and unprotected.

So recently, a national sex workers union launched a sly street art campaign in Buenos Aires."

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Here's a very clever way to get people thinking differently about the health and safety needs of a sector of society.

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Junk food: A novel market in Mexico City swaps rubbish for vegetables

Junk food: A novel market in Mexico City swaps rubbish for vegetables | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
THE 21m residents of Mexico City have far too much rubbish and not enough healthy food. Now they can swap one for the other. A new monthly market run by the city...
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SUSTAINABLE SEATTLE: Art, Farming and Sustainability: The Alaskan Way Hanging Gardens

SUSTAINABLE SEATTLE: Art, Farming and Sustainability: The Alaskan Way Hanging Gardens | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Sungold tomatoes, amaranth, salad burnet, broccoli and eggplant... did my tummy just grumble? No, this isn't a farmer’s market shopping list. These are just some of the vegetables found in plastic semitransparent milk jugs, attached together with twine, hanging five feet above a concrete sidewalk to a row of trees at the Seattle Waterfront, between Alaskan Way and Wall Street to be exact."

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An Alarmingly Strong Link Between Lack of Walkability and Diabetes

An Alarmingly Strong Link Between Lack of Walkability and Diabetes | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
New research from Toronto finds that immigrants living in that city's least walkable neighborhoods were more than 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes.
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In Washington, DC, Doctors Add Vegetable Prescriptions to Anti-Obesity Arsenal - Lifestyle - GOOD

In Washington, DC, Doctors Add Vegetable Prescriptions to Anti-Obesity Arsenal - Lifestyle - GOOD | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Washington, DC's taking a page from other cities' book with a new prescription program for fruits and vegetables.

Via Flora Moon
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Parklets, The New Way To Experience Adelaide

Parklets, The New Way To Experience Adelaide | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
We’ve seen them pop up in parking spaces in cities worldwide, but now small urban parks, known as parklets, are set to add life to Adelaide’s streets and could be in place by summer.
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Thinking of a master plan: Portland’s mayor on building prosperous cities

Thinking of a master plan: Portland’s mayor on building prosperous cities | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
Portland, Ore., Mayor Sam Adams says that cities are ideally positioned to lead the way toward prosperity.
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A New Home in Seoul Looks to the Past

A New Home in Seoul Looks to the Past | Renew Cities: Health and Happiness | Scoop.it
A new home in Seoul honors tradition while keeping up with the times.
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The Urban Rambler

A rural ramble is a nice idea on a Sunday afternoon - a quiet stroll into the country and into a pub. But what about mid-week, mid-work, mid-mayhem? How does...
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