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Setting the Table, Making a Place: How Food Can Help Create a Multi-Use Destination

Setting the Table, Making a Place: How Food Can Help Create a Multi-Use Destination | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Food – we need it, we love it, and we structure our lives and cultures around it. San Antonio, Texas, is a city that is starting to structure its neighborhoods around it, starting with an ambitious redevelopment project called the Pearl Brewery. Located on 22 acres along the banks of the San Antonio River north of downtown, today’s Pearl is a multi-use campus of buildings originally founded as the J. B. Behloradsky Brewery and City Brewery over 120 years ago. The current vision for the site is for a vibrant urban district to grow out from a culinary destination that brings people together around the celebration of local food and culture...


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A. S. CohenMiller's comment, September 5, 2012 4:14 PM
We love what Pearl has been doing. Definitely worth visiting (regularly)!
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Jane Jacobs - Legendado - Neighborhoods in Action

o papel do ambiente construído na atividade física e saúde pública. ... cidade pedra branca ...
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Kickstarter for Neighborhoods Brings Crowdfunding's Potential to Urban Renewal - Cities - GOOD

Kickstarter for Neighborhoods Brings Crowdfunding's Potential to Urban Renewal - Cities - GOOD | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Spacehive is a London-based company that's helping community centers, parks, and parade organizers get the funding to change their communities.
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5 Provocative Ways To Think About Cities & Neighborhoods

5 Provocative Ways To Think About Cities & Neighborhoods | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks

Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks | Urban Life | Scoop.it

 

A conversation with urban sociologist Zachary Neal on his new book, The Connected City.

 

Cities are obviously more than just the sum of their physical assets — roads and bridges, offices, factories, shopping centers, and homes — working more like living organisms than jumbles of concrete. Their inner workings even transcend their ability to cluster and concentrate people and economic activity.

 

As sociologist Zachary Neal of Michigan State University argues in his new book, The Connected City, cities are made up of human social networks.

Neal took time to discuss his book and research with Atlantic Cities, explaining how cities work as living organisms and why what happens in Las Vegas cannot stay in Las Vegas.


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25 Ways to Enliven Your Neighborhood

25 Ways to Enliven Your Neighborhood | Urban Life | Scoop.it

 

These suggestions, drawn from 'The Great Neighborhood Book' (a collaboration with Project for Public Spaces), are focused on strengthening the sense of community and spirit of the commons by providing people with ways to come together as friends, neighbors and citizens.

That creates a firm foundation that enables a neighborhood to solve problems and seize opportunities...


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The Price of Walkability – Urban Times

The Price of Walkability – Urban Times | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Not so long ago, walkable neighbourhoods had a price penalty associated with them - not a price premium.
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Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities

Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities | Urban Life | Scoop.it
A "third space" that encourages socialization, its easy access reduces emissions as well as drunk driving.

My friend Eliot Allen first introduced me to the concept of neighborhood completeness: that the quality of a place is defined in part by how many different functions it has in close proximity to homes and to each other. Eliot was closely involved in the creation of the LEED for Neighborhood Development green rating system, and the concept made it into the system. LEED-ND gives credit toward certification for a development that contains, or locates near, certain categories of diverse uses: supermarket, pharmacy, restaurant, child care facility, library, and so on.

I was part of the LEED-ND team as well, and I note that we did not list “bar” or “pub” as a credit-worthy neighborhood asset. But Michael Hickey, a community development consultant, makes a good case for their inclusion as “third spaces,” or community hangouts.


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New York City Commits to Green Solution for Harnessing Water

New York City Commits to Green Solution for Harnessing Water | Urban Life | Scoop.it
With a landmark announcement this week, New York City has officially joined a growing number of cities around the country in embracing a smarter--and paradigm-shifting--approach to reducing water pollution. Using a suite of techniques like strategically located street plantings, porous pavements, and green roofs, collectively known as green infrastructure, New York is turning the problem of excess stormwater into a solution that will improve the health and livability of its neighborhoods, while cleaning up the waterways that course through and around the city.

It's hard to overstate what a dramatic shift in thinking this represents. Instead of viewing stormwater as waste, New York is turning it into a resource. With this move, New York is showing the rest of the country that if the largest city in the U.S. can finally tackle its chronic water pollution problems with green infrastructure--they can, too.


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