04 Jan '12, 1pm

new research - strong metros have strong central cores: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #NRDC

new research - strong metros have strong central cores: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #NRDC

For some time, I have been on record as believing that the problem with former industrial cities that have lost population isn’t just the changing economy. It’s also a failure to address suburban sprawl. A close look at population data reveals that, while the populations within central cities’ jurisdictional boundaries have declined substantially, their suburbs have actually grown. The result is that, if one defines “city” as the contiguous urbanized area within a metro region, regardless of political boundaries – the definition that matters to the economy and the environment – the shrinkage may vanish or be shown as far less than we think. In short, “shrinking cities” have really been hollowing out more than shrinking. Any policy tools that fail to recognize this have little chance of improving the situation, in my opinion. A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cle...

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The citizen as expert in sustainable placemaking: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning #NRDC

The citizen as expert in sustainable placemakin...

switchboard.nrdc.org 06 Jan '12, 1pm

The video at the end of this post is a rare and engaging inside peek at two planning workshops in the small, historic city...

A strong case for a rail- and transit-oriented California

A strong case for a rail- and transit-oriented ...

switchboard.nrdc.org 09 Jan '12, 1pm

Imagine a scenario by which our country’s most populous state, notorious for freeways, traffic nightmares and smog, could ...

The city, stripped down: How ruin porn can help rebuild the Rust Belt

The city, stripped down: How ruin porn can help...

grist.org 30 Dec '11, 10am

Photo: BB and HH This essay originally appeared in Rustwire . Living in the Rust Belt, one becomes accustomed to things th...

The city of the future

The city of the future

switchboard.nrdc.org 02 Jan '12, 1pm

If you haven’t discovered TED yet, you’re in for a treat. The acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and...

China retail sales show strong growth in 2011

China retail sales show strong growth in 2011

channelnewsasia.com 30 Dec '11, 10am

SHANGHAI: Retail sales in China continued to show strong growth in 2011, rising by about 17 percent on-year. Automobiles a...