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Cities to Untangle Traffic Snarls, With Help From Alphabet Unit

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In a world where taxi rides are summoned with a button and where people have become reliant on mapping applications to get around town, a paradox has emerged: Technology companies know a lot more about a city’s traffic patterns than the city officials trying to solve the problem.On Thursday, the federal Department of Transportation announced a partnership with Sidewalk Labs, …

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How New York Gets Its Water

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Revelations about tainted water have sparked worry across the country.  The New York Times decided to look at how the nation’s largest municipal water supplier delivers what has been called the champagne of drinking water to 9.5 million people.  Read more.

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The Craving for Public Squares

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People are moving downtown for jobs, but also for the pleasures and benefits of cultural exchange, walkable streets, parks, and public squares. Squares have defined urban living since the dawn of democracy, from which they are inseparable. The public square has always been synonymous with a society that acknowledges public life and a life in public, which is to say …

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Wendell Berry And The Vanishing Beauty Of Small Farms

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The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, a documentary premiering today at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, conveys the joys of living in a rural American community and, also, the hellish changes to that manner of life wrought by massive industrialization.The film takes place in Henry County, Ky., where writer and activist Wendell Berry’s family has farmed the land …

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Downtown Brooklyn Rising

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Thousand-foot-tall buildings and new retail and residential developments coming to Downtown Brooklyn may be dominating headlines these days, but the massive transformation taking place in the neighborhood extends far beyond new skyscrapers.In fact, the area’s rebirth is one that was set into motion decades ago, according to the newly published Downtown Rising report – which provides a comprehensive look at historical factors …

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Six Examples of What Makes a Great Public Space

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From the Project for Public Spaces: People often ask us, “What makes a public space great?”When PPS was recently approached by USA Today to provide a list of the best city parks in the U.S. for their upcoming interactive webpage, we were excited for the opportunity share our thoughts on this question that has been at the core of our work for 40 …

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Beyond Food: Community Gardens as Places of Connection and Empowerment

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Because of disputes over land, access to green space, and equal rights to the city, urban gardens have become a symbol of community activism and empowerment, and they are part of a contemporary grassroots movement supporting environmental justice, collective action, and equitable access to nutrition and good health. Due in part to the current swell of interest in the local …

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“The Wayfinding Project” Turns New York Back to Its Pre-Colonial History

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“The Wayfinding Project,” an evolving installation that questions the representation of indigenous cultures in New York City’s pre-colonial history and its future, will be showcased at NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute from March 25 through December 21, 2016.“The Wayfinding Project” launches with an inaugural ceremony on Thurs., March 24, 6-8 p.m. 8 Washington Mews (below 8th Street, between University Place and Fifth …

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Urban Legend: Why Times Square (Still) Matters

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It’s been dismissed, despised and Disneyfied (allegedly), but Times Square is the city made manifest, both a symbol and the lived experience of New York…. Times Square has always been about the transformative power of urban spaces. As political theorist Marshall Berman argued in On the Town, One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square: “It brings multitudes of people together side …

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Vancouver celebrates Placemaking Week

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From the Project for Public Spaces: This September, Vancouver B.C. will host the world’s biggest placemaking event so far, and it’s unlike anything we’ve done before. Bringing together movements, disciplines, and leaders from around world, Placemaking Week (September 12th – 18th) will help launch a new model for shaping cities. We just launched the official website for the week, so …

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Feb. 26 screening of Food Chains, documentary about farm workers

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On Friday, Feb. 26 at 4pm in Kimmel Room 804 there will be a screening of Food Chains, the hard-hitting documentary that describes the conditions faced historically by farmworkers in the U.S. and how one group of tomato pickers from Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has successfully partnered with consumers, growers, and 14 multi-billion dollar retailers to transform the East Coast agricultural …

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Gallatin students creates website to help make greener purchases

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Greener Ideal has an interview with Gallatin student Jake Madoff about his new website, Greener Square.  It begins like this: “Shopping for environmentally-friendly products is a lifestyle staple for anyone trying to limit their impact on their planet. But in today’s marketplace, it’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference between those businesses that are actually operating with the environment in mind, and those that …

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Color By Number: The Gorgeous, Obsessive U.S. Maps of Paula Scher

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Maps are a supremely satisfying, intuitive way to understand the world—something about connecting information to a sense of place, in context of where we live or what we think we know about our surroundings, is remarkably powerful. Though we tend to expect maps to be purveyors of location-based truths, that’s for sure not the only way to experience them. For Paula …

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The Lonely City, a Personal Study of Urban Isolation

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It’s impossible to walk for long in New York City without passing someone who looks sad and alone and shrunken, like a snail that’s been salted. Some days, you suspect you are that snail.The sorts of loneliness that can envelope you in a big city have been much explored in music and art and literature, where a plump blue moon …