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UN warning on growing digital 'chasm'

<b>The digital divide separating developed and developing nations is in danger of becoming a chasm, warns a UN report.</b><p>The divide has grown thanks to accelerating net connection speeds in developed nations and static ones elsewhere, it said.<p>And 52% of the world's population still has no access to the …

7 ways cities are transforming urban rooftops

With street-level space at a premium, urban rooftops are underused spaces ripe with potential<p>Over the past few years, a sweeping construction boom has rendered U.S. cities ever denser, but there’s one type of urban space that’s still an untapped resource: rooftops.<p>Sure, every city lover can name a …

Urban Agriculture

How Hurricane Irma became so enormously powerful

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today. The …

The Urban Revival Is Over

TORONTO — For all the concern about the gentrification, rising housing prices and the growing gap between the rich and poor in our leading cities, an even bigger threat lies on the horizon: The urban revival that swept across America over the past decade or two may be in danger. As it turns out, …

Asphalt is the wrong stuff to pack around sidewalk trees: The Fixer | The Star

Sometimes you have to wonder what people were thinking when they do things that are as dumb as a stump.<p>And when the area around a healthy street tree …

Home Improvement

Why doctors support bike lanes: they’re healthier for everyone | The Star

Recent polling from the Angus Reid Forum shows an impressive 80 per cent of Torontonians support the construction of a “safe network of bicycle …

Bike Lanes

How realistic are plans to ban new gas and diesel cars? | The Star

That may be why the dates touted by governments to end the sale of traditional engines look more like soft targets than drop-dead dates.<p>Norway has …

Fossil Fuels

Future of GTA property market is up in the air | The Star

Up in the air. That might be the best way to describe the state of the GTA housing market — today and in the future.<p>First, consider the resale …

Canadian Real Estate

There's a New Bike Path to Santa Monica

It follows the same route as the Expo line<p>Here's something that was overshadowed by all of the fanfare for the opening of the Expo line extension to Santa Monica: A dedicated bike path that runs parallel to the train tracks.<p>The path is paved and it traverses much of the same route as the light …

California

Esri Adds Airbus Global Elevation Data to Online Maps

REDLANDS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, today announced that Airbus Defence and Space WorldDEM4Ortho …

America's geography of wealth: the shrinking urban middle class visualised

Over the last half-century, the story of America’s cities is a tale of booms and busts. New York and tech hubs like San Francisco – once cities in financial distress – have transformed into economic powerhouses. At the other extreme, one-time prosperous manufacturing cities like Detroit now find …

Demographics

DenseCity Part 2: Toronto's Rocky History of Managing Growth

In Part 1 of our <i>DenseCity</i> series, we took a look at the current planning framework that governs density in Toronto, exploring where we build and why. …

Costly, time-consuming test of cement linings in Deepwater Horizon rig was omitted, spokesman says | NOLA.com

BP hired a top oilfield service company to test the strength of cement linings on the Deepwater Horizon's well, but sent the firm's workers home 11 …

A Before-and-After Photo Archive of the World's Best Street Designs

It’s a walkable feast.<p>As a remarkable new photo archive of urban transformations shows, making city streets more user-friendly doesn’t have to be that complicated. The archive put together by Brazilian urban design collective Urb-i houses a collection of more than 350 before-and-after shots showing …

Independent Stores vs. Chain Stores in Downtown Toronto Developments

How Toronto's condo boom gives chain stores the upper hand: Hume | The Star

Wandering the streets of Toronto, there's little evidence of the diversity the city motto says is our strength.<p>More than ever, Toronto's built …

Toronto

The New Suburban Crisis

Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared.<p>During the mid-1980s, before anyone thought of the suburbs as being on a downward trajectory, the urban designer David Lewis, …

Story Map Series

New Aspect-Slope Raster Function Now Available

<b>By Aileen Buckley, PhD, Esri Research Cartographer</b> <br>In 2008, I wrote a blog post about how to make and symbolize an aspect-slope map. This type of map …

Webauthor: A platform to organize, manage and grow your business

Webauthor <i>Communities</i> creates the ideal environment for collaboration, team networking and clear communication channels. Enable partners to …

The Incredible Vertical Forest Residential Towers in Milan, Italy

Photograph by<p>Officially opened in October 2014, Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of award-winning residential towers in the Porta Nuova …

China’s citizens are complaining more loudly about polluted air

THIS time of year can be a tough one for factories in areas surrounding Beijing. To keep the capital’s sky clear of smog during the annual session of …

Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion

When Boston public schools introduced a new standard map of the world this week, some young students’ felt their jaws drop. In an instant, their view of the world had changed.<p>The USA was small. Europe too had suddenly shrunk. Africa and South America appeared narrower but also much larger than …

Maps

Prince Edward Island rocks wind power (blog)

P.E.I. replaced nearly all of its expensive diesel power generation with wind power in a few short years.

Oslo just declared that it will become the first major city to ban cars

<b>Oslo plans to ban all cars from its city center by 2019, Reuters reports.</b><p>It will also build more than 35 miles of bike lanes by 2019 and invest heavily in public transport.<p>The permanent ban will affect the 350,000 or so car owners in the Norwegian capital.<p>Oslo's car ban is the largest of its kind, …

AEA Web - Home

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In the shadow of the greenbelt it’s all about sprawl: Micallef | The Star

At a discussion panel on GTA sprawl last year, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe said “land use planning is Ontario’s oil sands.” It …

Toronto

What bicycle-friendly Copenhagen can teach us about commuting

Standing on a street corner in Denmark's capital on a grey winter afternoon, the temperature hovering around freezing, a steady stream of cyclists roll past. The vast majority aren't wearing "gear:" no spandex or padded shorts, not even helmets. There are children on little bikes riding behind …

Experimenting With Green Laneways in Toronto

The City of Toronto has more than 2,400 publicly owned laneways. These back alleys, that run throughout the city, behind our streets, connecting our …