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Voters Overwhelming Approve Local Funding to Extend Streetcar to UMKC, Next Stop Washington

Voters in the Main Street Transportation Development District (TDD) overwhelmingly approved the local funding structure to support the KC Streetcar …

Urban Design

Report: Kansas City is the best locale for Millennial entrepreneurs

Overflowing with business resources, an affordable cost of living and a collaborative community of creatives, Kansas City recently was named the top …

Entrepreneurship

Wellness Real Estate Has Blossomed into a $134 Billion Industry Worldwide — And It’s Growing Fast

From personalized wellness programs to fitness-focused apps, luxury homes are focusing on making residents feel better<p>It’s the non-stop pace of our …

Real Estate

Donald Trump Goes Rogue

In half a week, between Quebec and Singapore, Trump showed that the liberal order is hateful to him, and that he wants out.<p>When President Trump walked out early from the meeting of the Group of Seven in Charlevoix, Quebec, on June 9th, he left the group’s collective statement without an American …

Foreign Policy

160-square-foot shipping container house asks $55K

Repurposed with style<p>For anyone looking to downsize, shipping container homes offer durability and an eco-friendly way to reuse some of the thousands of surplus containers that sit on docks around the world. Often less expensive than other housing options, shipping containers have been transformed …

Shipping Containers

The secret to creating a great hotel is "one plus one equals three" says Ian Schrager

In this movie Dezeen filmed in New York for the AHEAD hospitality awards, hotelier Ian Schrager says the success of his hotel Public lies in creating …

Hospitality

Electric Car Sales Set To Accelerate As Costs Fall And Production Scales Up

The electrification of the transport system is set to accelerate in the late 2020s, with electric buses leading the way, a new report claims. Electric vehicle sales will surge thanks to tumbling battery costs and increasing scale in manufacturing.<p>Bloomberg New Energy Finance says that sales of …

Alternative Fuel

Good Design Is a Public Good

In an excerpt from his book Design for Good, John Cary considers the achievements and future of the social-impact design movement.<p><i>The following is excerpted from</i> Design for Good <i>by John Cary, with a foreword by Melinda Gates (Island Press, $30). The book collects 20 case studies of public-interest</i> …

Oakville townhome proves real estate adage should be design, design, design | The Star

Location, location, location is the predictor — and mantra — when it comes to selling homes.<p>But Blake Wyatt, CEO of Wyatt Development Group, believes …

Real Estate

The 19 coolest places for a European holiday in 2018, according to travel experts

Globetrotters are always looking for inspired travel recommendations from those in the know in order to experience new destinations in the most authentic way possible — and those passed by word-of-mouth are always best.<p>As summer kicks off, Business Insider asked friends, colleagues, and some of the …

European Travel

South America’s Most Luxurious Train Just Got a Little More Lavish

No mode of transportation is as romanticized as train travel, and there’s good reason why. Taking in breathtaking scenery while enjoying all of the …

South America

Bitcoin uses about as much power as the entire country of Ireland

At this point, mining bitcoin requires such intensive, specific hardware that the only way for most people to get in on the crypto game is to simply purchase the coin via an exchange. But that doesn't mean mining has slowed down. Rather, the opposite has been happening, giving environmentalists …

Renewable Energy

Croatia: The Joy of Sailing a Gulet

A Gulet Cruise In Croatia is a Totally Different Experience<p>By Polly Fitzgerald<p>Croatia is the perfect destination for anything that involves a boat. A …

Bloomberg slams pols for 'epidemic of dishonesty,' calls it a greater threat than terrorism

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took aim at Washington on Saturday, asserting that Americans are facing an “epidemic of dishonesty” that poses a greater threat to U.S. democracy than terrorism or communism.<p>During a commencement speech at Rice University in Texas, the 76-year-old …

7 Jaw-Dropping Marijuana Statistics You Have to See to Believe

A newly released report projects robust growth for the cannabis industry over the next five years.<p>The marijuana industry is growing like a weed, and …

Volvo Trucks introduces an EV just for hauling garbage

Volvo Trucks has joined the short list of automakers to introduce an EV bigger than a consumer car, but the Swedish company's new vehicle is special: It's a garbage truck. The Volvo FE Electric is built to haul up to 27 tonnes of cargo across urban environments, and like all electric vehicles, it …

The Off-the-Grid Guide to Iceland

RealClearLife's Kinga Philipps travels the Ring Road to circumnavigate the entire country.<p>Most stories start at the beginning. This one starts at the …

Streetcars Play an Expanding Role in Downtown Revivals

New apartments, shops and the headquarters for First Orion, a phone management software company, will all be sprouting up in North Little Rock, Ark. …

Five Breakthroughs That Could Make You Love the Bus

Can new technology radically improve the rider experience?<p>The Union Station bus deck in Washington, D.C., is a loud and smelly place. Municipal and inter-city buses rumble in and out, perfuming the semi-enclosed depot with the stench of combusted diesel. The arrival of a lone battery electric bus …

UPS has new electric trucks that look straight out of a Pixar movie

UPS has revealed sleek new electric trucks that look like they've rolled straight out of Pixar's <i>Cars</i> series. The company revealed it's working with vehicle manufacturer Arrival on a pilot fleet of 35 lightweight electric trucks that look far more futuristic than the standard boxy vehicles. UPS says …

American highways are so expensive that cities are tearing them down — here’s what they’re turning into

But these days, investing in highways is a bad business decision for many cities.<p>An increasing number of cities around the US are choosing to tear down or transform parts of their dilapidated interstates, rather than repair them. These redevelopments are largely happening because old highways are …

Still-Secret Spain: 9 Fairy-Tale Towns Off the Tourist Track

For unspoiled nature, centuries-old architecture, and guaranteed tranquility, hole up in one of these postcard-perfect villages.<p>If you’ve been to …

New Forms of Industry: Shed #19 by Andrea Oliva Architetto

Research is the key to Andrea Oliva’s project for Shed #19—not only because this old factory was turned into a technopole for industrial …

Texas man who allegedly had weapons stockpile in Boston-area hotel says he was on a classified mission

A Texas man who was arrested Sunday after police said they found a weapons stockpile that included an AK-47, AR-15 and bump stock in his hotel room told investigators that he was on a classified government mission, The Lowell Sun reported.<p>Francho S. Bradley, 59, and Adrianne D. Jennings, 40, were …

Millions ‘March For Our Lives’: Pictures

Houston

Heating, Hydrogen And Efficient Homes Will Be The Keys To 'Deep Decarbonization'

Renewable energy is now indisputably part of the mainstream electricity sector – part of what Michael Liebreich, the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, calls “the new orthodoxy of the Three-Third World”.<p>He says that “by 2040 one third of global electricity will be generated from wind and …

Energy

‘You Will Not Destroy America’: A Trump Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

WASHINGTON — Usually, top intelligence and law enforcement officials withdraw to lives of tight-lipped relative anonymity after their careers end. (Suffice it to say, they are not exactly known for viral Twitter battles.)<p>But as President Trump has voiced his grievances against the F.B.I. with a …

Donald Trump

Most Buzzed Designs of February 2018

Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in February …

Industrial Design

Conn. Governor Defends Likening The NRA To 'A Terrorist Organization'

Guns and gun safety continue to dominate this week, as the Florida legislature passed several gun-related measures. The provisions fall short of what newly-energized student activists wanted, but still represent a degree of victory for gun control advocates in a state that has seen few such …

Guns

Google reveals how America really feels about guns in two maps

<b>• Gun control is a prominent political issue, especially in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, which claimed 17 lives.</b><p><b>• Google Trends maps show which states search more for "gun control" and which search more for "gun shops."</b><p><b>• In the past year, "gun shops" was a</b> …