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The business case for urban regeneration


By Howard Bassford – The garden city must be locally led, with a strong local jobs offer that is “linked by rapid transport providing a full range of employment opportunities”.

The growing number of one person households is more easily accommodated in denser areas too.

That in turn results in opportunities for new products – the company that owns or manages the home you rent can be as important as the bank or energy company that you use.

A healthy PRS (private rented sector) begets competition, and that drives service standards and quality housing stock. more> http://tinyurl.com/n6amc4t


Transforming Into A Walkable City


By Adele Peters – For decades, Phoenix was the poster child for sprawl: Before the housing crash, developers were building 60,000 new homes a year in the desert at the edges of the city. But when the market fell apart and some of those new neighborhoods turned into instant ghost towns, the city learned its lesson and committed to moving in the other direction–walkable neighborhoods connected by public transit.

With narrower streets, buildings will naturally start to shade the sidewalk. The plan also calls for trees and other plants along streets; despite the fact that Phoenix is in the middle of the desert, it’s located on top of aquifers and also has a hidden system of canals underground that were originally built by the prehistoric Hohokam tribe [2, 3, 4]. more> http://tinyurl.com/o82hx7o

The 10 Smartest Cities In The World


By Ben Schiller – No city is perfect. Even the top cities have major drawbacks.

Half the top-10 score poorly for “social cohesion,” for example.

Tokyo comes in 125th for that.

London is 96th, and

New York is 110th (and 37th for the environment).

Paris, which is fifth overall, has a ranking of 87th for public administration (proving that cities can rise above their governments). more> http://tinyurl.com/noeljgd

Old World, New Tech

Europe Remains Ahead of U.S. in Creating Smart Cities
By Mark Scott – The irrigation systems built into Barcelona’s parks monitor soil moisture and turn on sprinklers when water is needed. And drivers can use a smartphone application to find the nearest available parking spot in the labyrinthine streets.

Barcelona is among a number of European cities adopting new forms of technology aimed at improving services. More important, the investments, including neighborhoodwide high-speed Internet connections and electricity charge points for cars and motorbikes, offer ways to cut energy use and generate income. more> http://tinyurl.com/kxwjb2e