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The Business of Urban Farming Takes Root in Detroit

Greg Willerer may not seem like your average entrepreneur. The once full-time school teacher quit his job to follow his passion for farming in the most unlikely of places. Located not far from Downtown Detroit, Willerer launched his urban farming busin… more »
News, Michigan, Farming –  Dec. 22, 2014



Announcing Our Next Round of Resilient Cities! - 100 Resilient Cities/The Rockefeller Foundation

​Today we proudly announce the second group of cities selected to join 100 Resilient Cities – cities who have demonstrated a commitment to building their own capacities to navigate the shocks and stresses of an increasingly complex 21st Century.… more »
News, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Texas –  Dec. 11, 2014



Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown

​How can placemaking help restore Main Streets to the forefront in the 21st century? “Placemaking” provides a powerful set of tools for change. Not a new profession, discipline, or field of study, Placemaking brings out the best of professional… more »
News, New Jersey –  Dec. 11, 2014



CNN Most Innovative Cities

From technology and infrastructure, to job creation and sustainability, these 10 cities are leading the pack when it comes to creatively solving urban issues. http://money.cnn.com/gallery/technology/2014/10/07/most-innovative-cities/index.html more »
News –  Dec. 1, 2014



Protecting watersheds - Better! Cities & Towns

Protecting watersheds as we grow our cities and towns. We don’t have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways. Protecting wat… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014



Americans Are Commuting Less - Governing Magazine

Jillian Golan got tired of paying repair bills for her 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet convertible last year and started walking the 20 minutes to her job at a dialysis clinic in Philadelphia. A year and a half later, she hasn’t looked back, joining the growi… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014



Ten simple questions we call the Strong Towns Strength Test

People frequently ask if there is a way to measure a successful Strong Town. Systems like LEED-ND have value, but the technical analysis required is time consuming and beyond the reach of many non-professionals. The Government Accounting Standards Board… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014



The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all

IS A TREE TRYING to survive in the city better off than a tree growing in the forest? The obvious answer would seem to be “no”: City trees face pollution, poor soil, and a root system disrupted by asphalt and pipes. But when ecologists at Boston Univ… more »
News –  Nov. 25, 2014



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