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NYTimes: The Death of the Fringe Suburb

NYTimes: The Death of the Fringe Suburb | Urban economy | Scoop.it
As demand for housing in walkable neighborhoods rises, we should be investing in carless transit options.

 

An excellent article that ties the economic mortgage crisis with the urban geography of the United States.  This is a good piece to challenge students to think about how the organzation of cities matter. 

 

The cities and inner-ring suburbs that will be the foundation of the recovery require significant investment at a time of government retrenchment. Bus and light-rail systems, bike lanes and pedestrian improvements — what traffic engineers dismissively call “alternative transportation” — are vital. We have to stop throwing good money after bad. It is time to instead build what the market wants: mixed-income, walkable cities and suburbs that will support the knowledge economy, promote environmental sustainability and create jobs...


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Gentrification and Talent Migration | Sustainable Cities Collective

Gentrification and Talent Migration | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Before covering the impact of real estate bubbles on gentrification, I want to expand on the relationship between global jobs and pushing out tenured neighborhood residents, as I’m currently reading 'Hub Cities in the Knowledge Economy: Seaports, Airports, Brainports.'
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America's Urban Future

New York Times FOR all of the attention showered on hipster enclaves like Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Portland, Ore., America is only in the beginning stages of a historic urban reordering.
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The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation

The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation | Urban economy | Scoop.it
GDP and patents in cities usually grow at a faster rate than population. But why?
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Can UK's 'Silicon Roundabout' deliver?

Can UK's 'Silicon Roundabout' deliver? | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Newsnight's David Grossman takes a look at the home of the Tech City initiative in east London.
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At the end of this clip is an interesting observation: is a possibly misguided national initiative (Silicon Roundabout) eclipsed by local and regional grown talent and more specialised tech scenes?
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Thinking City

Thinking City | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Inspired by Don’s active involvement as a tutor in the successful Zurich Summer School ‘From Suburb To City’, we – Don Murphy and Zef Hemel – have the ambition to initiate an equally interesting event about city planning and city making, in and about Amsterdam. By organizing an event with an international audience, we wish to promote the Dutch position in the field of architecture, planning and innovative city making in a global scene. The Netherlands has always had a strong tradition in these fields, which is widely acknowledged internationally. Besides, we wish to initiate a dialogue about the current state of planning and future planning tasks in the city of Amsterdam. With an extensive public program that will be organized in relation to the Summer School studios, we wish to not only invite the Summer School participants, but also a wide local audience to engage in the thinking about the future of the city.
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America's Future Cities: Where The Youth Population Is Booming ...

America's Future Cities: Where The Youth Population Is Booming ... | Urban economy | Scoop.it
To identify economic hot spots in the making, we often look for where immigrants, young people or entrepreneurs are clustering. But perhaps nothing is a ...
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High streets at risk of becoming 'zombies', expert warns

High streets at risk of becoming 'zombies', expert warns | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Jones Lang LaSalle director says the government needs to work with landlords and retailers to help struggling high streets survive
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Watch New York’s streets get dramatically better for walkers and cyclists

Watch New York’s streets get dramatically better for walkers and cyclists | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Sometimes, when change happens slowly and incrementally, it’s hard to remember how bad the status quo was in the past and how many nice things have happened in the intervening years.
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Boston Suburbs Think They Can Catch a Piece of the Urban-Tech Economy – Next City

Boston Suburbs Think They Can Catch a Piece of the Urban-Tech Economy – Next City | Urban economy | Scoop.it
The N2 Innovation Corridor aims to reboot the region’s famed Route 128 tech sector.
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In Twin Cities metro, more young people are moving to the urban core, while suburbs age.

In Twin Cities metro, more young people are moving to the urban core, while suburbs age. | Urban economy | Scoop.it
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Bring the bottom up in NYC's economy - Crain's New York Business

Bring the bottom up in NYC's economy - Crain's New York Business | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says that investing in transportation and similar areas is important.
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"There's this thought that the Internet will wipe out bricks-and-mortar retailers, and it's not true, especially here. One store that has responded well is Macy's. They spent a lot making their 34th Street store into a place where shoppers want to spend their time and money. The losers, like J.C. Penney, can't make it in Pittsburgh—never mind New York."

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Why Buy Local

Why Buy Local | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Infographics on what the arguments are for buying local.
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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, December 15, 2013 1:05 PM

We already know buying local is good. This Infographic illustrates it.

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Microfinancing The Sustainable City

Microfinancing The Sustainable City | Urban economy | Scoop.it
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...


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Kikocanas's curator insight, December 6, 2013 11:10 AM

Com a projecte per les grans ciutats pot funcionar però no mitiga les migracions massives. Faltaria una estratègia per revalorar el món rural potser.

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Chicago’s Vanishing Middle Class

Chicago’s Vanishing Middle Class | Urban economy | Scoop.it
In the Windy City and elsewhere, a liberal top-bottom coalition drives it out.
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Is Chicago going the same way as it's neighbour in Michigan?
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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 30, 10:50 AM

It's apparent that, on the major urban local levels, Americans don't have friends, even amongst those who pretend to be progressive.

 

This is how people like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren are rising stars in the Party while people like Hillary Clinton by comparison seems old hash.

 

In case the Democrats didn't catch the message back in 2008, people of all stripes want this elitist, Gilded Age nonsense to stop.  That is where the political capital is, regardless of Party affiliation, not with siding with the elites.

 

I can't believe that I, as a 24 year old student of the world, am able to see and admit these facts while 40, 50, 60 and 70 somethings are unable or unwilling to see the natural flows that always have existed in politics and government.

 

Seriously, what is the point of maintaining power and influence in a society if you're unable and unwilling to use it acceptably and appropriately for the sake of the people that you're actually responsible to?  It only leads to your death in the hearts and minds of the general public when you die, or else, your removal from office.  That's history talking, not I.

 

Think about it.

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How Urban Anonymity Disappears When All Data is Tracked - New York Times (blog)

How Urban Anonymity Disappears When All Data is Tracked - New York Times (blog) | Urban economy | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog) Information about our innocuous public acts is denser in urban areas, and can now be cheaply aggregated.
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An interesting blog on how big data can change anonymity in cities and therefore urban culture of freedom. Surveillance, camera's, geo location information quickly becomes personal and can therefore track your choices.
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What Makes a “World-Class” City? (SSIR)

What Makes a “World-Class” City? (SSIR) | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Planners must shift their attention to the informal economy that is the invisible engine of true urban greatness.
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Motown revival: Detroit's first steps towards urban renewal

Motown revival: Detroit's first steps towards urban renewal | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Last year Detroit became the largest city in US history to go bankrupt. But when you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. Jennifer Conlin explores an urban renewal in progress
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The Future Is Cities

The Future Is Cities | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Cities around the world are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. More than half the world lives in cities, and by 2050, it will be two-thirds. In China alone, 300 million people will move to the city within the next 15 years, and to serve them, China must build the equivalent of the entire [...]

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Working and Changing Demographics | Sustainable Cities Collective

Working and Changing Demographics | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Manhattan had no need to house the working class. So its neighborhoods catered to the creative class, who did not so much save SoHo they were invited in to help along the process of gentrification.
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US Economy and Urban Changes | Sustainable Cities Collective

US Economy and Urban Changes | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban economy | Scoop.it
The development of American cities on an auto-centric, sprawling scale stands in sharp contrast to those found in Western Europe.
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Foes of Urban Blight Take Aim at Landlords - Wall Street Journal

Foes of Urban Blight Take Aim at Landlords - Wall Street Journal | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Foes of Urban Blight Take Aim at Landlords Wall Street Journal The lawsuit illustrates tensions that can arise between urban landowners and citizen watchdogs as cities across the U.S., including many that were once industrial centers but have shed...
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2014 is our Year of the Idea, seeking ways to improve Toronto: Editorial - Toronto Star

2014 is our Year of the Idea, seeking ways to improve Toronto: Editorial - Toronto Star | Urban economy | Scoop.it
"2014 is our Year of the Idea, seeking urban vision and ideas to improve Toronto, with help from the Martin Prosperity Institute and Evergreen CityWorks."
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Inequality at all-time high in urban parts of ten states - Business Standard

Inequality at all-time high in urban parts of ten states Business Standard Data obtained by Business Standard through an appication under the the Right to Information (RTI) Act showed that the urban inequality was at its peak at the all-India level...
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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

The city owns more than $850 million worth of art — pieces that might wind up at auction.
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Smart cities: adapting the concept for the global south

Smart cities: adapting the concept for the global south | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Elements of the smart city are being adapted across the south from Kigali to Delhi. Will they provide a sustainable way of coping with urbanisation?
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