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Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 24, 2013
Urbanization is increasing at an unprecedented rate, with more than half of the world’s population living in cities today and more than 70 percent expected to do so by 2050—and this should be good news when it comes to innovation, according to a new report released by the AIA. “Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy,” the eighth report in an AIA series of reports on innovative, healthy, sustainable, and livable communities, examined how cities are responding to an uncertain future. The conclusion? Cities across the world are hotbeds of innovative solutions to changingRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 18, 2013
With a recently enacted energy benchmarking policy, a host of forward-thinking architecture and design firms, and a rising tide of studies emerging on how the area will deal with climate change and changing sea levels and tides, Boston has its eye on the environment. And, it turns out, on energy efficiency. The Massachusetts hub is the most energy-efficiency city in the country, according to the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The survey ranked 34 of the most populous cities in the U.S. based on policies to address energyRead More
Lee Epstein / The Atlantic Cities / August 19, 2013
When California’s S.B. 375 was passed in 2008, there were many skeptics. The law aimed to get metropolitan regions around the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions through changes to development form and transportation. (If it were a country, California would rank somewhere between the world’s tenth and twelfth largest economy, so its effect could be significant.)
In 2011, the California Air Resources Board set GHG emissions reduction targets by metro region for passenger vehicles (passenger vehicles account for almost a third of GHGs in the state). Eighteen Metropolitan PlanningRead More
Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox / newgeography / July 30, 2013
A city at its best, wrote the philosopher René Descartes, provides “an inventory of the possible.” The city Descartes had in mind was 17th-century Amsterdam, which for him epitomized those cities where people go to change their circumstances and improve their lives. But such aspirational cities have existed throughout American history as well, starting with Boston in the 17th century, Philadelphia in the 18th, New York in the 19th, Chicago in the early 20th, Detroit in the 1920s and 1930s, followed by midcentury Los Angeles, and San Jose in the 1980s.
Yes, the great rule of aspirationalRead More
Stephanie Johnston / PUBLIC WORKS / July 24, 2013
Detroit’s infrastructure was built for 1.8 million people. Today, 700,000 live within the same 140-square-mile service area. Experts believe that street, water, wastewater, streetlight, and other infrastructure systems are three times the size they need to be for the city’s population.
In the long march toward bankruptcy, public works tried valiantly – amidst pay and benefits cuts, furloughs, and workforce reductions — to bridge this gap. Inevitably, though, service declined or disappeared entirely. Garbage is picked up twice a month. Some neighborhoods contract privatelyRead More