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Green space in every schoolyard: the radical plan to cool Paris

Playground oases could benefit students and city alike, but will making them public prove too controversial in a city on high alert?<p>It’s only 10am but the heat is already radiating off the asphalt at the École Riblette, a primary school on the outskirts of Paris. Sébastien Maire, the city’s chief …

Concrete

‘A Virtuous Cycle of Green’: How Street Design Can Be Calmed by Nature

Making Cascadia’s streets more like gardens ensures complete streets are green streets. |

Urban Design

To Keep You Healthy, Health Insurers May Soon Pay Your Rent

A homeless man in Phoenix named T.J. made 254 trips to the emergency room, had 32 hospital admissions and cost UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurance company, and the U.S. healthcare system more than $294,000 since 2015.<p>That’s when, according to an account made to Wall Street …

Health Care

Tucked Into the Tax Bill, a Plan to Help Distressed America

WASHINGTON — A little-noticed section in the $1.5 trillion tax cut that President Trump signed into law late last month is drawing attention from venture capitalists, state government officials and mayors across America.<p>The provision, on Page 130 of the tax overhaul, is an attempt to grapple with a …

Income Inequality

The New Normal

Inside a Pedestrian-First ‘Superblock’

A short film reveals the inner workings of Barcelona’s celebrated—and controversial—street revamps.<p>Excess traffic, unmitigated pollution, a lack of green space: These problems aren’t unique to Barcelona. But the city’s answer is.<p>Superblocks—40-acre, tic-tac-toe sections of the street grid that the …

Urban Design

Chicago Alderman Wants to Test Out Universal Basic Income

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar. (Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil)Chicago may be the next city to test universal basic income.Related Stories• What Happens When …

Universal Basic Income

Most Public Engagement Is Worse Than Worthless

Ruben Anderson is a long-time member of Strong Towns and consultant on sustainability and regenerative systems. Today he's sharing a guest article in …

Solar Panels

How the Other Half Eats

SNAP benefits add up to $1.86 per person, per meal. Here's what that looks like.<p><i>Editor’s note:</i> <i>Earlier this month, the White House surprised many observers by declaring a successful end to the War on Poverty. Now, the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is in the hands of</i> …

Paul Ryan

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Design

Why urbanists should be enthusiastic about urban agriculture

Urban agriculture aims to eradicate food insecurity in cities, foster community, and otherwise contribute to the well-being of residents — all things …

The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green

A new study finds turning vacant lots into green space can improve the mental health of residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.<p>More than 43,000 lots in Philadelphia sit vacant, many invaded with overgrown weeds and strewn with trash. As CityLab has previously reported, this is as much a …

Urban Design

Inclusive Healthy Places

How do we know when public space supports health, and when processes that shape public spaces are inclusive? Despite the growing evidence connecting …

Public Health

Vacancy: America’s Other Housing Crisis

As empty homes sit in purgatory, neighborhoods fray and cities are left to pick up the bill.<p>The image of America’s housing crisis is of pricey, increasingly unaffordable housing in superstar cities. And there is too little housing—a scarcity—in those places. But there is another, even more …

Housing

Taking on Class and Racial Discrimination in Housing

Cory Booker’s big idea to reign in exclusionary zoning<p>Zoning laws are not usually the stuff of which presidential campaigns are made. But Senator …

Housing

Career and Technical Education bill to recognize architecture as STEM

In a big win for architects, the US House of Representatives passed the Senate version of H.R.2353, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical …

Education

Detroit hummus maker, Baobab Fare among recipients of $100,000 in Michigan Good Food Fund grants

A city of Detroit employee's hummus-making operation is among the 10 healthy food businesses that have earned equal shares of $100,000 in grants …

Ann Arbor

New York City is full of “ADA Transit Deserts” according to report

New York City’s subway system may have the most stops of any in the world, but many of them are inaccessible to the disabled and mobility-impaired. …

New York City

BetterBin Open House

A Stellar Sustainable Home Is Built on a Surprisingly Low Budget

Stylish, spacious, and self-sustaining, the Hill Country House ticks all the right boxes for progressive modern living.<p>Rated four stars in the Austin Energy Green Building program, there is no doubt this eco-friendly home in rural Texas offers a modern take on the farmhouse vernacular. Yet perhaps …

Architecture

Forget Vision Zero. Demand Streets That Don’t Kill People

<b>“Words are powerful. They shape the way we see the world around us.”</b><p>Aaron Naparstek, the founder of Streetsblog, wrote those words, and I quote it a …

The truth about black unemployment in America

Kansas City is booming. Employers and investors have poured into the midwestern city since the recession. At least $1bn has gone into its sparkling new downtown, revitalized arts district and shiny new condos. So why is Sly James, its highly regarded outgoing mayor, so unhappy?<p>James, who steps down …

Kansas City

Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality

New evidence shows that unions played a major role in reducing income inequality in the United States in the decades when organized labor was strong.<p>But it also demonstrates that the decline in union power since the 1960s — which may be exacerbated as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision — …

Black Churches, Powerful Cultural Forces, Set Their Sites on Food Security

On a warm weekend in early May, Reverend Heber Brown of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore led a delegation of his members on a tour of …

Diversity in architecture is improving—sort of

New NCARB data shows more nonwhite members of the profession, but attrition rates remain high<p>Last week, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) released preliminary data from its 2018 edition of “By The Numbers,” an annual report about the architecture industry’s …

Camilo Vergara Takes His Camera to Lexington and 125th

Camilo José Vergara takes his camera to the intersection Lou Reed sang about in 1967.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of Camilo José Vergara’s</i> Crossroads <i>project. Previous stories covered Newark’s “Four Corners,” the Bronx’s “Hub,” and Bed-Stuy’s Fulton and Nostrand.</i><p>As an urban …

The Perfect Way to Explore Modern Kansas City? A Streetcar, Believe It or Not

In 2002, when Sylvester “Sly” James moved his law office to downtown Kansas City, Mo., he made a wager with a colleague. “I bet him I could walk across Main Street naked at 6 p.m. and nobody would see it,” he recalled. “And the proof that I was right is that no video of that has ever shown up on …

It Just Got a Lot Easier to Connect Health Data to Other Data

A map showing census tract percentages of households where 30 percent or more of household income is spent on housing costs, from the new City Health …

Do You Feel Secure?

For decades, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design has touted the efficacy of bollards, gates, and cameras in deterring violent acts — with …