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El Salvador is building a volcano-powered "Bitcoin City" with no taxes

From Bloomberg: El Salvador intends to issue the world's first sovereign Bitcoin bonds and build Bitcoin City, which will be free of income, property and capital gains taxes, President Nayib Bukele announced in the beach town of Mizata to a crowd of cheering Bitcoin enthusiasts.  — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Cities, Bitcoin, Volcanoes, El Salvador, Smart Cities, Life In The Big City, Bitcoins, City Planning, NAYIB BUKELE, Dumb Smart Cities, Stupid Smart Cities, Bitcoin City, Mizata, Next Century Cities


‘They’re in the way’: Manchester rebels against grey advertising boxes

Pedestrians call them ugly and a nuisance but council says money is sorely needed after years of cutsEarlier this year, Manchester city council declared ambitions to become a pedestrian paradise. “We want walking to be the main way people get around the city centre,” proclaimed the town hall’s transport plan. “Pavements and public spaces will be high quality, well-maintained, green and accessible – catering for everyone, no matter what their age or mobility.”Yet this autumn, 86 mysterious grey b...
Tags: UK News, Cities, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Pedestrianisation


How to sell your strata on sustainability: ‘Think of all the things people might object to’

Making Australia’s freestanding homes greener is mainly a matter of time and money, but for apartment dwellers the process is more complex With the federal government dragging its feet on legislating to reduce carbon emissions, many Australians are decreasing their individual carbon footprints, changing their lifestyles and even their homes to become more sustainable.Installing solar panels, solar hot water systems and rain tanks is relatively straightforward on detached houses, but the increasi...
Tags: Australia, Housing, Australia news, Cities, Urban Planning, Urbanisation


Why more and more founders are moving to Manchester

If you asked a bunch of founders what the number one thing they look for in a startup hub is, you’d probably get a few different answers. The one thing they’d agree on is the need for the right people. Whether that’s investors, employees, customers, or partners. It’s one of the reasons we see founders flocking to locations like Silicon Valley, New York, and Shenzhen. But the overwhelming concentration of startups in these areas has also resulted in fierce competition for funding, customers, and ...
Tags: Startups, Business, Cities, Manchester, Shenzhen, Silicon Valley New York, Growth Quarters


Stop talking, start acting, says Africa’s first extreme heat official

Rising temperatures are already killing people in Sierra Leone’s Freetown, says Eugenia Kargbo, who is planning how best to protect the hundreds of thousands living in informal settlementsWhen she was growing up, Eugenia Kargbo could have a leisurely stroll, jog or cycle around the streets of Freetown. But that easy life no longer exists in Sierra Leone’s capital for her two children. The city is so swelteringly hot that children run the constant risk of sunburn or heat rashes if they are outdoo...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Cities, Sierra Leone, Athens, Global development, Miami, Urbanisation, Flooding, Cities and development, Extreme Weather, FREETOWN, Kargbo, Climate Crisis, Eugenia Kargbo


A broken dream: outer Melbourne has affordable houses but no train or school

In the first of a short series on Australian housing, Elias Visontay examines how Victoria’s planning system is failing residents and the environmentWhen Jade Seenarain and his wife Aideanna bought the plot for their home in Truganina in Melbourne’s west in 2015, the couple thought they were buying into a leafy, suburban dream.They planned to build their ideal home and thought their lives would look something like the highly by the Elements estate developers. Continue reading...
Tags: Housing, Environment, Australia news, Cities, Transport, Victoria, Melbourne, Elias Visontay, Truganina, Aideanna


Community-led upgrade to a Nairobi slum could be a model for Africa

Mukuru, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, has cleaned up its act with improved water, roads and sanitation The people who live in Mukuru, one of the vast, sprawling “informal settlements” in Nairobi, used to dread the rains, when the slum’s mud-packed lanes would dissolve into a soggy quagmire of sewage, stagnant water and slimy rubbish.But a few years ago, things began to change. On a newly paved road Benedetta Kasendi is selling sugar cane from a cart. It gives her a clean platform,...
Tags: Housing, Africa, Communities, Society, World news, Poverty, Cities, Social exclusion, Global development, Kenya, Cities and development, Nairobi, Mukuru, Benedetta Kasendi


Everyone — not just governments — must act to mitigate climate change

If we don’t engender an all-of-society approach, we run the risk of exposing our country, our cities and our people, often the most vulnerable among us, to the climate crisis The post Everyone — not just governments — must act to mitigate climate change appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Climate Change, Opinion, Resilience, Cities, Urbanisation, Sustainable Development Goals, Openaccess, Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, World Cities Day


‘We will be homeless’: Lahore farmers accuse ‘mafia’ of land grab for new city

The futuristic Ravi Riverfront City development, championed by Imran Khan’s government, has been met with determined oppositionIt has been called Pakistan’s answer to Dubai, a brand new multitrillion-rupee development of towering skyscrapers, futuristic domes and floating walkways.But Ravi Riverfront City, described as the “world’s largest riverfront modern city” also faces accusations of rampant land grabs by prime minister Imran Khan’s government, which has championed the project. Hundreds of ...
Tags: Environment, Cities, Pollution, Pakistan, Dubai, Global development, Imran Khan, Urbanisation, Land Rights, LAHORE, Ravi Riverfront City


Cities will feel the heat from climate change

South Africa’s urban areas are urban heat islands and heat waves will intensify the distress The post Cities will feel the heat from climate change appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Cities, South Africa, Heatwaves, Climate Adaptation, Mortality, Urban Areas, Institute for Security Studies, CSIR, Green Book, Top Six, Urban Resilience, Heat Stress, Alize Le Roux, Tirusha Thambiran, Urban Island Effect


South African cities must put green infrastructure firmly on the urban agenda

A green investment increases resilience and adapts cities to the harmful effects of climate change — and increases property prices and addresses issues such as health, water, sanitation and transport The post South African cities must put green infrastructure firmly on the urban agenda appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Health, Climate Change, Opinion, Urban, Maintenance, Water, Ipcc, Cities, Infrastructure, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Transport, Biodiversity, Property Prices, Sanitation, Food Security


The housing crisis and the labor shortage are linked: People can't take jobs if there aren't affordable homes nearby

A "Help Wanted" sign hangs in the window of Gino's Pizza on Main Street in Patchogue, New York on August 24, 2021. Steve Pfost/Newsday RM/Getty Images The housing crisis and the labor shortage are linked. Fighting the former could help solve the latter. Numerous studies show that affordable housing improves job growth, while expensive housing can damage local economies. Investing in underserved neighborhoods and creating affordable housing in cities can boost hiring across the US. San ...
Tags: California, Milwaukee, US, San Francisco, Trends, Cities, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Harvard University, Hawaii, Columbus, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Main Street, Fed, Stacy, COLUMBUS Ohio


The big idea: Is the era of the skyscraper over?

Has the pandemic put an end to the age of cities competing for ever taller buildings? Oliver Wainwright discusses the staying power of the high riseCan you hear the death rattle of the skyscraper? It’s the sound of the free candyfloss cart being wheeled past the rows of empty desks, and the lonely drip of the beer-keg tap by the water cooler. In a desperate attempt to lure employees back to their offices, companies are laying on all manner of novelty treats, from monogrammed water bottles to per...
Tags: Books, London, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Oliver Wainwright, New London Architecture, Society books


3 simple (but difficult) steps to grow your startup ecosystem

Growing a startup ecosystem can sound daunting — you’ve got to attract talent, streamline regulations, build capacity, ensure sufficient capital — and a quick glance at the Global Startup Ecosystem Report from my organization, Startup Genome, might not disabuse you of the notion. For our latest edition, released September 22nd, we analyzed 280 ecosystems, crunched data on 3 million startups, and used more than 100 metrics to quantify their performance.  As Startup Genome’s founder and CEO I’m he...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Cities, Contributors, Global Startup Ecosystem Report, Startup Genome, Growth Quarters


These startups are making the smart cities of the future safer

When you hear the term “smart city” your mind usually jumps to autonomous flying vehicles or drone-based pizza deliveries. But emerging technologies aren’t only being deployed to make our lives easier. There’s also a wave of new startups and scaleups working to make the cities of the future safer. We spoke with four cohorts from this year’s X-Europe smart cities accelerator program to find out more about how tech can be used to tackle both new and old security threats. Faster response times to v...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Entrepreneur, Artificial Intelligence, Cities


Why digital twins emerge as the ‘ultimate’ tool for resilient cities

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray in partnership with Cityzenith on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates, follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. In the last year alone, cities worldwide have faced historic flooding, fires and extreme heat – all on top of a global pandemic. This, and a growing urgen...
Tags: Startups, Insights, Cities, Shift, Sarah Wray


Here are the best cities for Python developers

Recently, we’ve been doing a bit of research into the most in-demand programming languages, specifically focusing on Python, and it’s growing popularity among aspiring developers. There has been an increase in the demand for Python developers over the last few years, a trend that has gone nowhere in 2021 (and will no doubt stick around into 2022 and beyond). So, if you’ve done the work and learned the language, what next?  The beauty of Python is that it’s general, meaning that it opens up a num...
Tags: Python, Startups, Europe, Cities, AMP, Design &, Dev, House of Talent


Nearly 25% of world population exposed to deadly city heat

Concrete and asphalt as well as scarce vegetation in urban areas lead to higher temperatures, study showsExposure to deadly urban heat has tripled since the 1980s, and now affects nearly a quarter of the world’s population, a study has found.Scientists put the worrying trend down to the combination of rising temperatures and growing numbers of people living in urban areas, and warned of its potentially fatal impact. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Cities, Urbanisation, Extreme Weather


10 great city projects for nature – from vertical forests to a ‘gangsta garden’

Around the world, architects, activists and communities are finding ways to bring wildlife into urban areasMany readers have noticed wildflowers thriving in urban areas as city councils decide to let grass grow wild. These colourful little patches may seem like window dressing in the face of vast decline, but across the world people are welcoming wildlife into cities, where more than half of us live. Here is a look at 10 of the most exciting and innovative urban biodiversity projects popping up....
Tags: Environment, Cities, Bees, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Insects, Garden cities, Urban Wildlife


‘In Rome, nothing works’: citizens despair in run-up to mayoral elections

Virginia Raggi hasn’t solved waste issues while far-right candidate advocates restoring fascist saluteElio Perugini can’t remember the last time he had a decent night’s sleep. “It’s a disaster, the noise just doesn’t stop,” he said. “I hardly sleep any more. The worst of it is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.”Sleepless nights have become the norm for many in Trastevere, a neighbourhood in central Rome once treasured for its charm and old-world feel, but now known for its rowdy nightlife,...
Tags: Europe, World news, Rome, Cities, Italy, The far right, Trastevere, Virginia Raggi, Perugini


American Queen Voyages

American Queen Voyages American Queen Steamboat Co. Introduces New Brand, American Queen Voyages. We sailed with American Queen Voyages in December of 2019.  To read our review, please CLICK HERE . American Queen Steamboat Company® , part of Hornblower® Group, is now American Queen Voyages, the new overarching brand merging American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines®. Offering a varied and comprehensive portfolio of North American itineraries, American Queen Voyages is comprise...
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Is the digital nomad dream dead?

Join Lauren Razavi onstage at TNW 2021 as she moderates a panel on ‘Hustle Culture and the Burnout Generation.’ As borders closed and remote work boomed, the rules of the game changed overnight. For digital nomads, this brought unexpected challenges – and new opportunities. Closed borders, national lockdowns, travel restrictions, fewer and more expensive flights. It sure seems like a bad time to be a digital nomad. Yet in the post-pandemic landscape that’s emerging, more people work remotely tha...
Tags: Startups, Future Of Work, Cities, AMP, Design &, Dev, House of Talent, Coronavirus, Daily Distraction, Lauren Razavi, TNW2021


Campaign urges Londoners to take over parking spaces for a day

Organisers of People Parking Day are inviting residents to create ‘parklets’ in their streetsPeople are being urged to reclaim parking spaces outside their homes this weekend, transforming them into mini parks for activities such as fitness classes, tea parties and book clubs.Organisers of the People Parking Day event are calling on residents in London to commandeer some of the 1 million car parking spaces in the capital for more “people friendly” activities and to improve the local environment....
Tags: London, Protest, Environment, UK News, Cities, Road transport, Climate Crisis


Wild boar on streets of Rome are being used against me, says mayor

With just over a week until the city goes to the polls the animals may help to unseat Virginia RaggiA group of wild boar strutting along a traffic-filled road in Rome has catapulted the issue of the Italian capital’s state of decay to the top of the debate ahead of mayoral elections.Much to the bemusement of onlookers, about 13 boar, distinguished by their coarse hair, sturdy bodies and sharp tusks, walked among the traffic on Via Trionfale, a busy road in the northern suburb of Monte Mario. Con...
Tags: Europe, Virginia, Animals, Environment, World news, Rome, Cities, Wildlife, Italy, Monte Mario Continue


Will nomad hubs become the next startup cities?

Join Lauren Razavi onstage at TNW 2021 as she moderates a panel on ‘Hustle Culture and the Burnout Generation.’ Silicon Valley has been the startup capital of the world for a generation – but that doesn’t guarantee it will retain that title in future. As the Silicon Valley playbook is uploaded to the cloud, other startup cities are taking advantage, but we have the opportunity to update our thinking as well. When we talk about “the next Silicon Valley”, what we really want to know is: Where will...
Tags: Startups, Future Of Work, Cities, Silicon Valley, AMP, Design &, Dev, Distract, House of Talent, Lauren Razavi, TNW2021


The real urban jungle: how ancient societies reimagined what cities could be – podcast

They may be vine-smothered ruins today, but the lost cities of the ancient tropics still have a lot to teach us about how to live alongside nature. By Patrick Roberts Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Africa, Environment, Americas, Cities, Wildlife, Trees and forests, Anthropology, Archaeology, Patrick Roberts, Urban Wildlife


‘We don’t fit the demographic’: a community in Dallas grapples with gentrification

What is lost when family-owned businesses and the elders playing dominoes on the corner get pushed out by high rents and chain storesAntonio Vargas was 21 when his entire block in Dallas was sold to a real estate developer. His childhood home was torn down to make space for a luxury apartment complex with units that cost between $1,450 and $1,900 a month – 300% more than the rents some former residents had been paying.Vargas was invited to the complex’s grand opening in February to bartend for t...
Tags: Texas, Life and style, World news, US news, Cities, Dallas, Gentrification, Vargas


Home inventory healthier in cities than suburbs, where buyers spar

Suburbs have made up a growing share of Zillow's top areas by views per listing — a product of the pandemic's effect on inventory.
Tags: Technology, Boston, Listings, New York City, Cities, Radio, Philadelphia, Zillow, Suburbs, Markets & Economy, Select, “How America Views Homeownership” survey, Views Per Listing


Forgotten village near Paris airport – in pictures

The Vieux Pays of Goussainville should have disappeared during the construction of the Charles de Gaulle airport in the 70s, however some inhabitants resisted the takeover of their houses and continue to live there despite the noise and isolation Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Charles de Gaulle, Goussainville


Brussels doctors to prescribe museum visits for Covid stress

Initiative may be rolled out further if successful in alleviating symptoms of burnout and psychiatric distressCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDoctors in Brussels will be able to prescribe museum visits as part a three-month trial designed to rebuild mental health amid the Covid pandemic.Patients being treated for stress at Brugmann hospital, one of the largest in the Belgian capital, will be offered free visits to five public museums in the city, covering subjects fro...
Tags: Health, Europe, Society, World news, Mental Health, Cities, Culture, Museums, Belgium, Brussels, Brugmann, Coronavirus