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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

Millennials, Remote Work Are Upending Cities—What It Means for Real Estate

Location is, and has always been, everything in real estate. The truism that where a property sits must be its most important characteristic remains undisputed. But what is location, really? What does it mean to homebuyers, and what are the consequences when changes come? The truth is, street layouts, public transportation systems, commuting routes, open space, walking paths, restaurants or shopping, parks, schools and scenic views are malleable both in how they are valued and how they come to b...
Tags: Feature, New York, News, La, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Radio, Agents, Long Island, Latest News, Industry News, Nyu, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Levittown

Crisis is an opportunity to heal South Africa’s divisive spatial geographies

Apartheid architecture still strips many of dignity; they are on the periphery and rendered invisible The post Crisis is an opportunity to heal South Africa’s divisive spatial geographies appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Development, Infrastructure, South Africa, Hostels, Affordable Housing, Openaccess, Zoning, Built environment, City Planning, Townships, Low-cost Housing, Spatial Planning, Apartheid architecture, Informal Employment, Spatial Practices

Cahokia: The massive North American city that pre-dated Columbus

Americans don't reckon with history well, especially when it comes to the indigenous people our forefathers displaced (and worse) in order to live on this land. Growing up in New Haven County, I remember being taught a lot about the local Quinnipiacks and other Algonquin peoples who once inhabited the area — but their story always kind of mysteriously (and conveniently) faded away around the late 1700s. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, History, Cities, Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans, Columbus, American History, Cahokia, Native America, City Planning, New Haven County, Indigenous art, Real American History, Fuck Columbus

How designing ‘green’ buildings can help to combat the climate crisis

South Africa’s buildings account for 40% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. But the City of Johannesburg’s new draft green buildings policy aims to change that The post How designing ‘green’ buildings can help to combat the climate crisis appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Energy, Environment, Renewable Energy, Cities, South Africa, Fossil Fuels, Transport, Carbon Emissions, Clean Energy, Johannesburg, Sustainable Energy, Municipalities, Green Buildings, Public Transport, City Planning, Energy Transition

South Africa’s cities opt for clean energy

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions will hinge on the transport sector The post South Africa’s cities opt for clean energy appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Energy, Environment, Renewable Energy, Cities, South Africa, Fossil Fuels, Transport, Carbon Emissions, Clean Energy, Sustainable Energy, Municipalities, Green Buildings, Public Transport, City Planning, Energy Transition, Top Six

LA aims to increase affordable housing Downtown with proposed zoning changes

The Los Angeles City Planning Department on Thursday, Aug. 6, released plans for an incentive-based zoning system for development projects planned for downtown to include more affordable housing units. The new system would replace the existing program for the Transfer of Floor Area Rights, referred to as TFAR, with what City Planning called a “transparent” Community Benefits Program. “In years past, we relied almost exclusively on TFAR to spur affordable housing in downtown, but with mixed resul...
Tags: Business, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Development, Soccer, Community, Southern California, Inglewood, Clippers, City Planning Commission, City Planning, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Vince Bertoni

Urban foxes self-evolve, exhibiting Darwin’s domestication syndrome

A study from he University of Glasgow finds urban foxes evolved compared to rural foxes.The skulls of the urban foxes are adapted to scavenging for food rather than hunting it.The evolutionary changes correspond to Charles Darwin's "domestication syndrome". How much can living in the city change you? If you were an urban fox, you could be evolving yourself to a whole new stage and becoming more like a dog, finds a fascinating study.Researchers compared skulls from rural foxes around London with...
Tags: London, Biology, Scotland, Animals, Urban, Society, Bbc, Innovation, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Darwin, Parsons, Kitchener, University of Glasgow, City Planning, Kevin Parsons

Google sibling company ditches plans for Toronto development

The project would have remade Toronto's Quayside area, but was nixed amid the economic turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tags: Google, Real Estate, Technology, Climate Change, Toronto, Radio, Canada, Urban Design, Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet, Industry News, Select, News Brief, Pandemic, City Planning, Daniel Doctoroff

History of LA's downtown streets

The most memorable things we come across when we travel often took a long, winding path to get to what they are today. This is Origin Story, a series that looks into the various influences that made the cultural touchstones and local quirks that we know today. If you drive west from Downtown Los Angeles for long enough, you’ll be faced with a decision: Do you want to make a turn at a 45-degree angle or a turn at a 135-degree angle? The majority of the time that decision has to be made on Hoov...
Tags: Travel, La, Americas, Los Angeles, Spain, LA River, United States, Long Beach, South America, North America, Google Maps, All, Downtown Los Angeles, Rojas, KCET, Hoover Street

California city turns 74 miles of streets car-free to allow residents more space to social distance

My friend Matt Dibble works for Voice of America and put together this little report about some streets in Oakland neighborhoods being designated as "soft streets." Through-traffic is not allowed and resident drivers using are warned that their neighbors may be out playing in the streets. I suspect we will see many more creative solutions like this as we move into the next phase of living with COVID-19 and figuring ways to be out of the house while maintaining social distance. Image: YouTube
Tags: Post, News, California, Oakland, Oakland California, Voice of America, City Planning, COVID-19, Social Distancing, Matt Dibble

Cars Banned From San Francisco’s Busiest Street

In an effort to ease congestion, improve conditions for cyclists, and make way for publicly funded restorations of sidewalks, transit lines and streets, San Francisco officially banned the presence of cars (except some official vehicles) on the city’s busiest thoroughfare: Market Street. Following similar legislation passed in cities including Paris, Madrid and NYC, San Francisco formulated a $600 million plan to revitalize its current systems …
Tags: Design, Safety, Cars, San Francisco, Traffic, Cities, Culture, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Public Safety, SF, Linkaboutit, NYC San Francisco, City Planning, Paris Madrid, Car Bans

Snøhetta’s NYC Green Space Moves Forward

The Phillip Johnson-designed 550 Madison has been a postmodern icon of NYC since its completion in 1984. Now, the midtown structure will receive new life, thanks to Snøhetta. The design and architecture firm has been given the go-ahead by the Manhattan Community Board to revitalize the building’s privately-owned public space and create a community-focused green space. Working with landscape architecture firm Phyto Studio, Snøhetta promises …
Tags: Design, NYC, New York City, Architecture, Gardens, Green Spaces, Public Spaces, Public Gardens, Linkaboutit, Snohetta, Snøhetta, City Planning, Phillip Johnson, NYC Green Space Moves Forward, Manhattan Community Board, Phyto Studio Snøhetta

Toyota’s City of the Future at the Base of Mount Fuji

Announced at CES 2020, Toyota has an ambitious plan for a newly redeveloped 175-acre site at the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji. Ground will officially break next year on Woven City, a Bjarke Ingels Group-designed prototype town meant for piloting mobility services, in-home and public technologies, and connected innovations. Autonomous vehicles will be the only cars allowed in this pedestrian-centric city. Green space will takes …
Tags: Japan, Design, Tech, Ces, Cities, Architecture, Smart Technology, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Green Spaces, Linkaboutit, Bjarke Ingels Group, Autonomous Driving, Mount Fuji, City Planning, CES 2020

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Space, Music, Science, Design, News, Internet, Trains, Russia, Environment, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Cities, Diamonds

The London Underground’s African Diaspora Roundels

In conjunction with Art on the Underground, British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong redesigns the London Underground roundels (the discs that mark each station) for the Westminster Underground stop. Achiampong’s iteration will represent the colors of the African diaspora—green, black, yellow and red—and depart from the traditional red, white and blue palette. It’s significant because it represents a sometimes overlooked community within London’s population and also because …
Tags: UK, Design, London, Immigration, Cities, Transport, London Underground, Ghana, Linkaboutit, City Planning, African Diaspora, Art on the Underground, Larry Achiampong, Achiampong

90,000 New Trees for LA

Los Angeles may be well-known for its long stretches of highway and traffic, but Mayor Eric Garcetti sees the benefits of investing in preserving and fostering the city’s natural environment. As part of the Green New Deal, Garcetti appointed Rachel Malarich as LA’s first Forest Officer. She’ll manage the growth of 90,000 new trees—some will replenish the nation’s largest urban forest and others will be …
Tags: Design, La, Environment, Trees, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Cities, Nature, Culture, Eric Garcetti, Public Parks, Public Spaces, Linkaboutit, Garcetti, City Planning, New Green Deal

Alan Ruiz’s Multi-Faceted “Infrapolitics” Exhibition

We speak with the artist about how he uses physical and invisible power to highlight infrastructural prejudice, violence and more “The term ‘Infrapolitics’ seems an appropriate shorthand to convey the idea that we are dealing with an unobtrusive realm of political struggle,” James C Scott writes in his 1990 book Domination and the Arts of Resistance. This concept serves as primary inspiration for artist and …
Tags: Art, Politics, Design, Interviews, Virginia, Cities, Culture, Artists, Exhibitions, Richmond, Installations, Social Awareness, City Planning, Alan Ruiz

Do You Use Any of These ‘Freeways Without Futures?’

Urban transportation is a slippery fish. No two cities are the same, and most need to harmonize foot, rail, bike, bus, and automobile transportation to ensure everyone can get where they’re going in a timely manner. Unfortunately, as the constantly changing recipe varies significantly between towns, some projects can hamper a city’s wellbeing. Take New […] The post Do You Use Any of These ‘Freeways Without Futures?’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Editorials, Studies, Autos, Congestion, Highways, Reports, News Blog, City Planning, Urban Renewal, Congress for the New Urbanism, City Driving

Four New Statues of Women for NYC

While NYC is scattered with statues of notable men, there are very few of women—just five, in fact. She Built NYC is commissioning four new statues of historical and influential women: Billie Holiday, Dr Helen Rodríguez Trías, Elizabeth Jennings Graham and Katherine Walker. Each statue will be placed in the borough that each woman called home—from the Bronx to Staten Island. The project is ongoing, …
Tags: Gender, Design, NYC, Culture, Feminism, Statues, Bronx, Staten Island, Public Art, Public Spaces, Monuments, Linkaboutit, Katherine Walker, City Planning, Helen Rodríguez Trías Elizabeth Jennings Graham

Design Indaba 2019: Dong-Ping Wong of FOOD

From vertical parks in Chinatown to Kanye West projects, the NYC-based studio is all about ideas Questioning if the design process can be faster or more meaningful, during his speech at Design Indaba, Dong-Ping Wong of FOOD offered a glimpse into advanced and sophisticated ways of thinking about architecture. Based in NYC, FOOD has a unique way of approaching architecture, through a creative approach that …
Tags: Design, Interviews, NYC, Kanye West, Architecture, Chinatown, Contemporary Architecture, Design Indaba, Set Design, City Planning, Dong-Ping Wong, Design Indaba Dong Ping Wong of FOOD

Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows: Michael Lim

Working to update the ways cities' roadways function Co-founder of LA-based Xtelligent, Michael Lim is working to connect tomorrow’s smart cars with existing city infrastructure—streetlights, pre-existing transportation options, and more. With some 99% of US roadway intersections still functioning with ’70s-era regulation, Lim is hoping to help cities develop strategies for current-day and future mobility using tech-forward, updated approaches. As one of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows …
Tags: Sponsored, Design, La, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Mobility, Lim, Mercedes Benz, City Planning, Michael Lim, Summit LA, Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows, Xtelligent, Xtelligent Michael Lim

Automated Driving Systems Aren’t Ready to Save Pedestrians: Safety Group

Pedestrian fatalities in the United States climbed sharply over the past decade. Between 2008 and 2017, which constitutes the most recent data available, on-foot fatalities increased 35.4 percent — despite walking not growing in popularity. All told, the United States lost 49,340 people within the timeframe; about 13 people per day. While still lower than vehicular deaths, […] The post Automated Driving Systems Aren’t Ready to Save Pedestrians: Safety Group appeared first on The Truth About Cars...
Tags: United States, Autos, Pedestrian Safety, News Blog, National Complete Streets Coalition, City Planning, Automotive Safety, Smart Growth America, Safety Group, Roadway Design, Roadway Safety

Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows: Tara Pham

Monitoring streets in order to help city planners succeed With experience in art, design, publishing, tech and urban design, Tara Pham is currently working to give cities a better understanding of their data, and ultimately their streets. As co-founder and CEO of Numina, Pham works with her team to attach sensors to light poles to monitor traffic—both foot and automotive—and to document the results of …
Tags: Sponsored, Design, Tech, Cities, Summit, Mercedes Benz, City Planning, Numina, Summit LA, Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows, Tara Pham, Numina Pham

Auto Coalition Joins Forces With NATCO to Rethink City Streets, Share Driving Data

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NATCO) has joined Ford, Uber and Lyft to work with the data platform SharedStreets to glean a better understanding of America’s infrastructure. Their collective goal is to “make it easier for the private sector to work with cities around the world and leverage data to improve urban mobility.” […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Technology, America, Data, Infrastructure, Ford, Autos, Urban Planning, Automotive Industry, Data Collection, Business Partnerships, Ford Motor Co, News Blog, City Planning, Natco

We love electric scooters but is the Bird trend actually bad for the environment?

The debut of electric scooter programs in cities such as Austin, Washington D.C. and San Diego has been making headlines with promises of cleaner air, but is this really the case? Between LimeBike, Waybots, Spin and Bird, which has been newly introduced to the Los Angeles area, there is a plethora of companies jumping on the trend of promoting eco-friendly scooters to city planners and residents. With public transportation methods significantly improving in environmental efficiency — and the ma...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Design, Environment, Cars, Los Angeles, Features, Austin, Paris, Innovation, San Diego, Carbon Emissions, Urban Planning, Bird, Carbon Footprint, Public Transportation, Electric Scooters

Eleven Elements That Must Intersect To Create A Vibrant Community 

by Quint Studer, author of “Building A Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America“ Every community wants to be a great place to live and work. Yet even with the economic resurgence America is feeling, many towns and cities have a long way to go. They’re grappling with unemployment. Neighborhoods are deteriorating. People are moving away. And despite their best intentions, they just can’t figure out how to create positive, sustainable growth. One problem may be that their...
Tags: Startups, America, Community, Community building, Pensacola, Gallup, Santa Rosa, SCI, Thinking Aloud, Pensacola News Journal, City Planning, Jim Clifton, Community Redevelopment Agency CRA, Quint Studer, Studer Community Institute, Business Investment

The Community Comeback: 14 Ways Local Leaders Are Reshaping America

by Quint Studer, author of “Building A Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America“ America’s small towns are doing really big things. They’re bypassing traditional methods and finding innovative ways to revitalize. And by and large, they’re doing so under the radar of the national media. (James Fallows and Deborah Fallows chronicle many examples of this national trend in their bestseller “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America“.) One of the most cruc...
Tags: Startups, America, Pensacola, Santa Rosa, James Fallows, America America, Thinking Aloud, Studer, City Planning, Deborah Fallows, Community Redevelopment Agency CRA, Quint Studer, Studer Community Institute, Business Investment, Escambia, Active Citizenry

What Rejected Cities Can Learn From Amazon’s Feedback And 15 Tips For Attracting Business Investment To Your Community) 

by Quint Studer, author of “Building A Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America“ Cities across America have been vying for the privilege of hosting Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters, which is expected to bring with it up to 50,000 high-paying jobs. Back in January the online retailer selected 20 finalists from a list of more than 200 cites that applied. And, as the Wall Street Journal reported last week, cities that didn’t make the short list — among them Detroit...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Sacramento, America, Bubba Watson, Wall Street Journal, WNBA, Pensacola, Don, Cecil Johnson, Santa Rosa, Janesville, Asheville NC, Janesville Wisconsin, Thinking Aloud, City Planning

Urban Technology: The Business Of Smart Cities

by Brian Neese Smart cities are a new approach to urban development. They hope to “solve tangled and wicked problems inherited in the rapid urbanization,” according to research from the Center for Technology in Government at the State University of New York at Albany. Rapid urbanization is a crisis. Half of the world’s population lives in cities, with 10 percent living in the top 30 metropolises. Although cities occupy less than 2 percent of the landmass of the Earth, urban residents consume mo...
Tags: Startups, Technology, China, Russia, Singapore, Earth, Austin, Silicon Valley, Urbanization, Smart Cities, Others, John Gordon, Austin Texas, COLUMBUS Ohio, State University of New York, Reykjavik Iceland