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Food insecurity among children in 2015

By Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Lauren BauerRates of children living in households characterized by food insecurity or very low food security have …

Grocery store on wheels delivers to Twin Cities 'food deserts'

Twin Cities Mobile Market, a retrofitted Metro Transit bus loaded with food, expanded in May.

Dense urbanism is great for downtowns. But what about suburbs?

Urbanist Brent Toderian reflects on which suburbs can be saved and made more walkable.<p>Post-war America has largely been built around cars. Many existing cities (including my home of Seattle) permanently scarred themselves with new urban freeways. Newer cities were oriented around freeways, …

Urban Design

From the trials of democracy towards future participation

Introduction<p><b>For years, it has been said that Western democracy is eroding. Voter turnout rates and party membership rolls have been in steady</b> …

Democracy Without the People

What followed Trump’s victory among confounded political analysts was an epidemic of self-castigation over “our” failure to “listen” to “white …

Democracy

Tulane Home

When residents of two New Orleans neighborhoods tended to shop at a farmer's market or prepare food at home, they also tended to eat more fresh …

New Orleans

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines

The advice to eat a healthy diet is not new. Back around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, had this missive: Let food be thy medicine.<p>But as a society, we've got a long way to go. About 1 out of every 2 deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is linked to a poor …

Health Care

Pay as you go charges considered for drivers in London

Radical plans to reduce the number of cars on the road could see Britain’s first pay-per-mile charges introduced.<p>London Mayor Sadiq Khan could …

Uber

What Is Health Equity?

<b>Identify important health disparities</b>. Many disparities in health are rooted in inequities in the opportunities and resources needed to be healthier. …

Making cities more dense always sparks resistance. Here’s how to overcome it.

Urbanist Brent Toderian on how to deal with NIMBY [Not In My Backyard].<p>Urban density, done well, has all kinds of benefits. On average, people who live in dense, walkable areas tend to be physically healthier, happier, and more productive. Local governments pay less in infrastructure costs to …

Exponential Finance Conference

Oregon May Strip Portland of Its NIMBY Powers

A controversial bill before the state legislature would preempt cities’ rights to prevent new affordable housing.<p>People can’t afford to be poor in Portland, Oregon. Nearly half of the households that rent in the Portland metro area pay too much. Almost one-quarter (24.3 percent) of these households …

Housing

How to Avoid a Post-Scholar America

• In-depth articles about current issues faced by universities<br>• Data and analysis on the latest higher education trends, statistics, and salaries<br>• Special …

99% Invisible by Radiotopia on Apple Podcasts

Downtown Kansas City Apartment Boom Fueled by Return to Walkable Living

<i>By Kevin Collison</i><p>Apartment construction in metropolitan Kansas City is hitting levels not seen since before the Great Recession with more than 5,000 …

Urban Design

Want people to be more physically active? Build better neighbourhoods, research says

Share this:<p>A new Canadian study in urban planning finds that the amount of exercise city residents get is tied to how amenable their streets and …

Urban Design

Four ways Trump’s administration is advancing his junk-food-friendly agenda

Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty<p>On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would delay indefinitely the launch of the redesigned nutrition …

Density Without Demolition

Tearing down old buildings won’t make our cities more affordable or inviting. It’s time to make better use of the buildings and spaces we already have.<p>As anyone who’s tried to find an apartment lately can tell you firsthand, many of America’s biggest cities are in the midst of a full-blown …

Cities

Why Can't America Solve the Hunger Problem?

The new book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups argues that food banks and pantries don’t chip away at underlying issues that keep people food-insecure.<p>In many metropolitan areas, the food bank is viewed as a vital and beloved community institution. …

Agriculture

Paid Program: A New Tool for Diabetes Prevention

By Laura Landro, The Wall Street Journal<p>For years, patients have been hearing the same message from the health-care industry: Get involved.<p>They’re told they need to do more to monitor their chronic conditions. They are directed to be more active in deciding what treatments to have, or whether to …

Health Care

Greenway’s neighbors appear open to helping pay for its upkeep

As the state prepares to pull back funding for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, it looks like the downtown park’s neighbors will be asked to pay …

Real Estate

What all urban planners should be asked: would you let your child cycle here?

For generations, Danish urban planners have made it a priority for children to be able to ride to school alone. The result is not just more social, cheerful, healthy children – but more social, cheerful, healthy adults<p>“I love to cycle. I’ve got no clue why,” says Emilie, a six-year-old Danish girl. …

Cities

Dishing out details about the ‘Dotte Meals Rock! program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – KCK Mayor Mark Holland started a summer program that aims to address public health issues. The program is called ‘Dotte Meals …

Shore to Core | Happy City

<b>Can more fascinating public space designs actually boost human wellbeing?</b><p>This question drove an experiment by Happy City and collaborators in our …

This 'tree' has the environmental benefits of a forest

<b>(CNN) —</b> Air pollution is one of the world's invisible killers.<p>It causes seven million premature deaths a year, making it the largest single environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization.<p>In urban areas, air quality is particularly problematic. More than 80% of people living …

Pollution

Trump And Congress Are About To Ruin America's $220 Billion Economic Secret Weapon

The Census Bureau fuels a huge number of U.S. businesses, but the White House is underfunding it just as it prepares for its greatest task.<p>WASHINGTON ― When most people think of the U.S. Census Bureau, they probably don’t think of an agency that supercharges the profitability and efficiency of …

U.S. Census

Green Infrastructure in Parks

Green infrastructure can help to maximize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of parks. This report includes recommendations on the …

My illegal neighborhood

<i>Editor’s note: City Observatory is pleased to provide this guest commentary by our friend Robert Liberty a keen observer of and advocate for cities.</i> …

Housing

How Barcelona's smarter city grid is taking streets back from cars and returning them to pedestrians: https://t.co/RTvwTEXdEC