Articles about Cities
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Building For Belonging: Why City Planning Must Focus on Ending Social Isolation
Previous generations of architects thought of how architecture could interpret the world, but I think now is the time to think of how architecture can change the world. We...
L.A. Just Called. It Says Go Find Another Dystopia.
In 10 years, Los Angeles plans to reduce per capita water use by 22.5 percent. It will no longer get any of its electricity from coal-fired power plants. It will turn public...
These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They're Renting to Bakers and Brewers
The intersection of Central and Lowry Avenues in northeast Minneapolis is bustling. On the northwest corner is a trifecta of local businesses: A bike shop, a cooperative...
How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again
China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s top economy. But in taking a few examples from China, as well as investing in jobs that stay in America and taking steps to insure...
The Ecocity: The Only Way to Organise Massive Populations?
Richard Register invites permaculturists to scale up their ideas on a bigger level to cater for our increasingly large world population.
Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia
By encouraging the adoption of energy-saving technologies and innovative architectural design, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important...
What Happens When Silicon Valley Experiments With Direct Democracy
Like a few other cities, the city is letting some citizens vote directly on how the city spends its money. But, of course, it's adding an online twist.   The heart of Silicon...
U.S. Mayors Adopt Postal Banking Resolutions - $1 Trillion Boost at Zero Taxpayer Cost
At its annual meeting last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) adopted a pair of resolutions endorsing postal banking, co-signed by eight mayors from six states. Their...
Hamburg Sets Out to Become a Car-Free City in 20 Years
Hamburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect...
Who Knew that Seoul was a Leader in the Sharing Economy?
Did you know that Seoul, South Korea is one of the world’s key sites for post-growth economic re-development? No? Neither did I, until I saw for myself.   I was pleased...
Dubai and the Fantasies of Civilization
Dubai is an interesting city. A thriving futuristic metropolis in the heart of the desert considered to be the crown jewel of modernity with indoor ski resorts, gulf courses...
With Detroit's Bankruptcy, Anarchists Have Begun Project "Free Detroit" - Starting a Community
The city of Detroit isn’t looking too pretty to date. On July 18th as many know, Detroit filed for bankruptcy after falling an estimated $20 billion in debt to over 100,000...
If There Was One Problem I Wish America Had, It Would Be This
Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma.                              ...
Want to Change the World? You'll Have to Get Your Hands Dirty
As a filmmaker, it’s a rare privilege to stumble upon a completely unique story—in the case of my new documentary, Grasp the Nettle, a motley collection of land...
We Can Do So Much Better than Adaptation Or Resilience. Let's Focus On Building The World We Want.
'Call it the creative instead of “resilient” frame of mind. “Resilient” is OK, but it is still reactive, if in a good way. Better to create something actively good in the first...
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
Patrick Crouch practices the kind of gardening that Detroit has recently become famous for. The typical plot at Earthworks Urban Farm, where he serves as program manager, is...
Ecocities: Connecting Peace on Earth with Peace with Earth
This might seem a stretch but when John Muir said everything in the universe is connected to everything else he was serious. He was speaking of the ecology of natural systems...
Using Permaculture Media & Advertising to Incite the Good in People
We know that television's numbing effect is an unhealthy side-effect of our modern world, however Jenny Nazak argues that we individually have the power to incite...
Anchoring Wealth: How Cities can Address Climate Change, Boost the Green Economy AND Tackle Population Growth
In Brief: There will be at least 100 million more Americans by 2050, and likely 150 million more. Yet the cities that will house them are so spatially and economically unstable...
Seattle's First Urban Food Forest Will Be Open To Foragers
If you're a regular reader of The Salt, you've probably noticed our interest in foraging. From San Francisco to Maryland, we've met wild food experts, nature guides and chefs...
Big Idea: We need a New Science of Physical Economics
It’s time we put economics into some sort of physical scientific context that makes sense.
Los Angeles becomes the first major US city to vote against corporate personhood
Hundreds of Citizens Pack Council Chambers, Council Votes Unanimously to Support the “Move to Amend” LOS ANGELES, CA – After forty-five minutes of public testimony urging a...
Films For Action is Ready to Hit the Tipping Point in 2012
It's been five years since the Films For Action project began in Lawrence, Kansas. It started with one simple idea: we can't depend on the mainstream media to inform us, so...
Don't Occupy Wall Street, Ditch It!
I personally support the spirit of Occupy Wall Street, especially the spotlight it has cast on the shocking level of inequality in our country. But the movement oddly conveys a...
Dumpster diver says: Trader Joe’s must stop wasting food
For many years now, I have fed my family food from the dumpster. It’s not because I can’t afford to shop at grocery stores like other, normal folks. It’s because supermarkets...
The Anarchist Urban Ecosystem: A Rethinking of the Urban Environment
This series will attempt to roughly give some examples as to how the urban environment can be altered so that cities can not only sustain themselves but also become...
Seoul tears down an urban highway and the city can breathe again
As a sustainability-loving transportation planner, I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Kee Yeon Hwang would be visiting Vancouver and talking about the project that has made...
Big Idea: Ecocity Economics
The ongoing economic crisis that began with the unraveling of wildly inflated real estate prices and the Wall Street derivatives bubble in 2007 and the crash into near...
Getting Free: Creating an Association of Democratic Autonomous Neighborhoods
The main purpose of this book is to try to persuade revolutionaries to shift the sites of the anticapitalist struggle and to select new battlefields. I identify three strategic...
Maine Town Becomes First to Declare Food Sovereignty
The town of Sedgwick, Maine, currently leads the pack as far as food sovereignty is concerned. Local residents recently voted unanimously at a town hall meeting to pass an...
Green Cities and the End of the Age of Oil
Over the past century, our cities have been shaped — literally — for the benefit of the automobile and oil industries. Today, with global oil reserves headed toward...
What Can One Person Do, When 6.8 Billion are Frying the Planet?
Climate change got you down? Don't despair. Here's a visual exploration of what you can do to make a difference, featuring art, video, and dinosaurs.