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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 00:06
We’re all struggling to stay oriented given the dizzying, dramatic changes that Covid-19 has injected into every facet of our daily life. For many cities and counties, stay-at-home orders have created an alarming shortfall in one of their key revenue sources: sales tax. But there are other incremental revenue opportunities that cities can explore, and now may be the time to do so. One possibility... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 23:56
Whether you live in a city that is still in the thick of lockdown procedures, or one that is beginning the cautious transition back to some semblance of “normalcy,” now is the time to think about what the reopening process will look like for your community. Be it from a top-down or bottom-up perspective, community engagement and insight-gathering can, and should, play an essential role in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 23:51
“I could be anywhere” is a thought that’s struck me several times during this lockdown period, and I know I’m not alone. For those of us lucky enough to have one, the pandemic has largely confined us to our homes, where we work, study, socialize (see: the meteoric rise of the Zoom happy hour), and even have goods delivered, all from the comfort of the couch. Meanwhile, our ability to engage in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 23:24
Cities around the globe are allowing restaurants and cafes to expand into public spaces to enable safe dining after COVID-19 lockdown. It could usher in a new era of socializing outdoors. Streets are also being widened and given over to cyclists, which could also mean greener, cleaner city centres. The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius has become the poster child for how cities can embrace outdoor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 22:25
Innovation in cities has alleviated poverty, reduced wasteful resource consumption and achieved incredible economic outcomes. It’s part of the secret sauce that has led to the primacy of cities in today’s world, with urban areas accounting for 67% of global GDP growth, housing a majority of the world’s population and increasingly driving international politics. But while we are good at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 29, 2020 - 00:00
The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on communities of color. One recent study found that Black Americans are dying of Covid-19 at three and a half times the rate of Whites.  A CDC report suggests that this disproportionate burden could be linked to existing health differences, which are often present in communities with challenging economic and social conditions. Within these... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 - 00:00
Architects are proposing ways to incorporate social distancing into urban planning. Strengthening local services to cut back on travel would reduce the spread of infectious disease, such as COVID-19. In their plans, cities are also aiming to become cleaner, greener and healthier. In the once-bustling Eixample district, birdsong and the occasional whir of a food delivery cyclist have replaced... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 00:00
For professional optimists like me in the business of advancing an alternative, more wholesome economic model, the temptation can be strong to project our dreams of a better world onto the COVID-19 screens where different futures are playing out. These “screens” of course are no blank canvases: rather, stages upon which diverse actors, old and new, motivated by their own designs and pandemic-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 00:00
Officials are harnessing networks and tools devised for responding to better-known risks like climate change to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis is paving the way for more futuristic cities, resilient to future pandemics. Green travel solutions have also been at the heart of many cities' plans to rebuild. In early 2018, parched by a severe drought, Cape Town rallied its residents and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020 - 00:00
With city dwellers forced to stay home during lockdowns, some architects are rethinking urban infrastructure to promote a more local lifestyle and help people adapt to a post-pandemic world. "The benefits of a well-planned compact city include shorter commute times, cleaner air, and reduced noise and the consumption of fossil fuels and energy." From making city cycling safer to promoting social... Read more

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