London hit by high cost of housing and congestion in Good Growth index
Peter Jasperse's insight:
"With many local authorities facing a severe squeeze on resources, the report urges them to prioritize spending on local infrastructure (including housing) and skills in an attempt to boost growth and create jobs."
"WATCH: Who thinks about whether cities are socially sustainable or not? Architects like Inari Virkkala do. This is the fifth instalment in “Everyday stories of transformation,” a series about ordinary people who are finding ways to lead more sustainable and meaningful lives in European cities"
The housing recovery will continue in 2014, millennials are shaping real estate, and smaller cities are seeing bigger home prices (Top 10 real estate trends for 2014: Experts from the Urban Land Institute unveiled their view of how the rest ...
North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.
Research has shown that if you know a country's GDP, you can pretty accurately estimate its carbon emissions. There's "almost a mechanical relationship" between the two. And as a depressing corollary: Emissions rise much faster in good times than they fall during, say, a global recession.
Cities in some parts of the world are already doing a substantially better job at decoupling these two trends than others, wringing the most wealth out of the smallest carbon footprint. These are the cities that produce the greatest amount of GDP per ton of greenhouse gasses emitted.
The Carbon Disclosure Project, along with AECOM and the C40 Cities, have calculated this "economic efficiency" for dozens of global cities that participated in a questionnaire on how they are preparing for climate change...
Cities are experiencing rapid growth across the Global South. With this growth however, also comes economic disparity and environmental degradation. Can microfinance offer a solution to these growing concerns?
With mass urbanisation has also come significant concern with regard to economis disparity and environmental sustainability.
From one perspective, rural to urban migration is thought to be helping to alleviate poverty by pushing more people into the middle class. Additionally, increased urban population density is seen to be ‘green’ because it lowers dependency on private vehicle use and increases resource efficiency. From another perspective however, mass urbanisation also causes a variety of problems across a range of geographic scales: socio-economic inequality, slums, sprawl, deforestation, air pollution, excessive waste and poor water management, to name a few. There is no ‘silver bullet’ for these problems...
Urban Diversity: Cities Of Differences Create Different Cities - Worldcrunch - Great stories from the world's best news sources (Urban Diversity: Cities Of Differences Create Different Cities http://t.co/5UORtEDbuz)...
(PRWEB) November 08, 2013 Economic growth across the African continent is set to surpass that of any other region of the world including Asia and Latin (Fresh on: Urban Africa Poised to Become Engine of Global Growth
Peter Jasperse's insight:
"In a new report, Bright Continent: The future of Africas opportunity cities, Oxford calculates that unprecedented urbanization, combined with rapid and sustained economic growth and a rising population, will turn African cities into the last great frontier for consumer marketers. Today, Africas major cities account for almost 36 per cent of Africas total output, or about $ 700 billion. By 2030, Oxford forecasts, the GDP of these cities will more than double, to reach $ 1.7 trillion."
Street trolleys, automobiles, big developers, high rises, shopping centers, and corruption have all been part of the bigger-is-better movement that have replaced the participatory, visceral market experience as the totems of commerce and economic...
Peter Jasperse's insight:
On the importance of local (food) markets for cities and the challenges to keep them alive and not let them be victims of their own succes.
Planners present a smart vision for any city seeking to accommodate innovation.
A new cluster of tech activity in Brooklyn is taking shape, showing some of the momentum its West coast counterpart had decades ago, already home about 500 tech and creative companies, with demand for space expected to double by 2015.
But how do you make sure a dense urban area can accommodate that growth and transform into a zone where connectivity is a given and tech-fueled civic experimentation is encouraged?
In other words, what does it take to make Brooklyn the city of tomorrow? That’s just what the architects and urban designers at WXY Studio were tasked with figuring out...
Read the complete article to find more on the strategic plan for the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, which lays out in detail what it will take to establish a thriving tech hub in the heart of Brooklyn.
An interesting article on how carefull urban planning can foster the tech scene in a city: creating safe public spaces where people can meet and hook up to the internet, good management of office space so companies can grow and a high tech industries to support the tech scene.
Not onle NY is going that way, also London (Silicon Roundabout) is working hard on it's own inner city tech hub.