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New York Reveals Plan To Become America’s Next Top Digital City

New York Reveals Plan To Become America’s Next Top Digital City | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Through new official partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, and NY-based startups Foursquare and Tumblr, New York aims to become America’s next, top digital city.
An interesting way of presenting a city's digital strategy other than the usual discussions about which wordprocessing package to use or which operating system to use for the servers.
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Top 3 Global Innovation Cities: Boston, Paris and ...Amsterdam!

Top 3 Global Innovation Cities: Boston, Paris and ...Amsterdam! | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Innovation Cities Index is the world's largest city rankings & cities performance data store of 256 cities on 162 criteria, started in 2007 by 2thinknow.
This years index is just published and for once Amsterdam comes in the top of one of these lists. A good third place, behind Boston and Paris. Not only is it a highly ranked innovation city, it is also considered a 'Nexus'. In other words: a critical nexus for innovation across economic and social segments.
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Greek crisis forces thousands of Athenians into rural migration

Greek crisis forces thousands of Athenians into rural migration | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Debt, unemployment and poverty is causing mass unrest and thousands to seek a cheaper lifestyle outside the capital...
De-urbanisation in Greece as a consequence of the severe economic crisis. A sensible new development or bringing the country into more difficulty?
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More on urban housing projects - lessons from Atlanta

Further, unlike elsewhere in the US, the AHA also imposed a condition in 2004 that all the residents of these units - both the mixed-income complexes and those using voucher and living in ordinary apartment complexes - should work or atleast be enrolled in training programs. The work-requirement has evidently been successful - recent figures show that 62% of AHA-supported households are employed, up from just 18.5% in 1994, and most voucher recipients are re-certified as being eligible.
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How Crowdsourcing Is Improving Global Communities

How Crowdsourcing Is Improving Global Communities | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing is a great way for funding and developing neighborhood initiatives. In my own BoLo neigborhood in Amsterdam a gallery with community activities was funded this way.
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Urban Monstrosity

Urban Monstrosity | Urban economy | Scoop.it
But how can we understand the condition of urban monstrosity which has seen the modernist utopia become a post-modern dystopia in the context of contemporary Paris? How can we understand the contemporary nature of urban alienation in ...
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: On the end of the mayoralty ...

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: On the end of the mayoralty ... | Urban economy | Scoop.it
For 22 years, Richard Daley has been the Mayor of Chicago. In "A mayor who left his mark on Chicago's cityscape: Love him or hate him, Daley made no little plans," the Chicago Tribune's architecture critic gives his assessment. (Also see "For Daley, democracy in doses," "Will Chicago think big after Daley?," and "Daley the Builder leaves unfinished business.") As Kamin writes: ....
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Economic Development though Knowledge Networks

Economic Development though Knowledge Networks | Urban economy | Scoop.it
An interesting transition is occurring in economic development.  In the 20th Century, companies focused on human capital – the ability to attract and retain...
Knowledge is already the backbone of the competitive advantage of cities. Economic development driven by resource industries, drug discoveries, nanotechnology and green energy can be clearly seen in the emergence of prosperous cities. In the future, urban activity centres with low-friction knowledge exchange will outperform traditional, transaction–intensive logistics centres.
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Bottom-Up Development in Greater Buenos Aires

Bottom-Up Development in Greater Buenos Aires | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Co-operative self organisation as a way to get out of poverty in Argentinian slum city.
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polis: Urban Hydrology and Low Impact Development: An Interview with Susie Santilena

polis: Urban Hydrology and Low Impact Development: An Interview with Susie Santilena | Urban economy | Scoop.it
An interview with Susie Santilena, a water quality scientist at Heal the Bay in Santa Monica, California. Heal the Bay has been leading highly effective campaigns to remediate coastlines and watersheds since 1985, when founder Dorothy Green assembled a group of concerned citizens to stop pollution from a local sewage treatment plant. Before joining Heal the Bay, Susie studied civil engineering at Cal Poly Pomona and environmental engineering at Stanford University.
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AUB annual 'City Debates' series promises to engage - Beirut- Lebanon

AUB annual 'City Debates' series promises to engage - Beirut- Lebanon | Urban economy | Scoop.it
AUB annual 'City Debates' series promises to engage. Which socio-economic groups “win” and which “lose”? How do planning and development policies affect urban inequalities and spatial exclusions? Two day conference in Beirut on development of Arab cities.
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Housing preference studies show too little urban housing to meet demand

Housing preference studies show too little urban housing to meet demand | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Supply and demand are off Based on a comparison of housing preferences, America has too many big-lot housing and not enough small-lot and attached housi...
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Deadliest Air Pollution In U.S.: 10 Worst Cities (PHOTOS)

Deadliest Air Pollution In U.S.: 10 Worst Cities (PHOTOS) | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Just how dirty is the air you breathe? And economically just as important: what is the impact on economic development of a city?
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Las Vegas looks a lot like the new Detroit Howard Gold's No-Nonsense Investing

Las Vegas looks a lot like the new Detroit Howard Gold's No-Nonsense Investing | Urban economy | Scoop.it
A recent Forbes survey names Las Vegas the nation’s second-worst-performing housing market of the past decade. That is, second after Detroit...
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BBQ as URBAN RENEWAL w/Phillip Cooley

BBQ as URBAN RENEWAL w/Phillip Cooley | Urban economy | Scoop.it
After modeling for two years, primarily in Europe, PHILLIP COOLEY moved back to Detroit, in search of more substance to his life. He opened open Slows Bar B Q and Slows To Go. whose success afforded him the opportunity to help those in need in Detroit. He works on projects ranging from helping to get other small businesses open, to building public spaces and public art.
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The creative class votes with its feet

Walk Score, a website popular with urbanists and realtors (walkscore.com), rates neighbourhoods by their walkability — basically the ease of meeting d...
Walkable urban places attract the well-educated: what the University of Toronto’s Richard Florida named the “creative class.” It grounds the knowledge economy to those cities that provide walkable urban alternatives.
So don't forget the pedestrians when redesigning urban area's.
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Heritage or horror? Row over Broadgate demolition plan

Heritage or horror? Row over Broadgate demolition plan | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Owners seek to rebuild City landmark that launched loadsamoney culture of 1980s...
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Audi's Urban Future Initiative: Project New York [Video] - PSFK

Audi's Urban Future Initiative: Project New York [Video] - PSFK | Urban economy | Scoop.it
The car maker asks what a sustainable model of mobility would look like in Manhattan for 2030.
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Innovation calls for face to face contact | Creativity_Unbound

Innovation calls for face to face contact | Creativity_Unbound | Urban economy | Scoop.it
We generate ideas and campaigns by crowdsourcing via the web. We discover, “borrow” and mash-up content and perspectives from places like SlideShare. We build communities of collaborators, or at least sources of content, via Twitter and Skype.
Research strongly suggests that physical proximity in cities contributes to innovation and creativity
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10 Cities Where Home Prices Are Falling The Fastest: Clear Capital

10 Cities Where Home Prices Are Falling The Fastest: Clear Capital | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Nearly two years since the Great Recession officially ended, the housing market still shows few signs of picking up. And it could get worse before it gets better.
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A Book Review in Conversation: Small Scale Solutions

A Book Review in Conversation: Small Scale Solutions | Urban economy | Scoop.it
"Fellow Polis blogger, Melissa Garcia Lamarca, and I recently hunkered down with Moskow and Linn’s sojourn into small-scale urban interventions by architects for “making life better for city dwellers” around the world (as the authors describe in the book’s introduction). Paul Goldberger, in his recent New Yorker piece on Frank Gehry’s new residential tower at 8 Spruce Street in Brooklyn, observed that:
For the past half century, there have been two ways to build an apartment building in New York: an architect’s way or a developer’s way."
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Poor, minorities push back against booming Turkey's urban renewal

Poor, minorities push back against booming Turkey's urban renewal | Urban economy | Scoop.it
The economic boom in Turkey that is driving urban renewal is also forcing many minorities and the poor from their homes. Now, some are fighting back with lawsuits.
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Downloads: Cities of opportunity new PWC report

Downloads: Cities of opportunity new PWC report | Urban economy | Scoop.it
The fourth edition of Cities of Opportunity. New York leads the 2011 study, which analyzes and ranks how 26 global centers of finance, business and culture perform across 10 key indicators. But it is followed closely in the top five by Toronto, San Francisco, Stockholm and Sydney — cities more notable for quality of life and balance than global business dominance.

Download the full report, or read the policy analysis and full transcripts of the interviews conducted of key influencers.
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Gondola service pondered for N.W. Calgary - Calgary - CBC News

Gondola service pondered for N.W. Calgary - Calgary - CBC News | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Calgary Transit is looking at the possibility of building a gondola to ferry commuters from a northwest LRT station to other nearby high-demand areas not directly served by the C-Train.
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