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Healthy Cities & Urban Planning

Living in a big city is great. Every day is an adventure. Exhilarating and exhausting in equal measures. Modern city life affects your sleep, because if I’m so tired, why can’t I sleep? City Life Affects Your Sleep Well, maybe it’s because modern cities almost seem designed to keep us awake. They are loud, busy, bright...

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What is zoning? Zoning is a planning process that is widely used throughout the world, especially in highly populated areas. However, it is not fully adopted in the United States and some communities, especially in rural areas. The first zoning ordinance was in New York City in 1916, and since then, it has been a...

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Have you ever held the belief that certain individuals who, based on what they have brought to a field, should be considered as vital to anyone’s set of influences like Charles Darwin is to any evolutionary biologist? When it comes to urban planning, Jane Jacobs was one of these individuals. Jane Jacobs, through her seminal writing,...

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A Blue Zone is a term used to identify a demographic or geographic area in the world where people live considerably  longer lives. In each of these areas, the rate of centenarians (residents over the age of 100) is ten times greater than in the US. By studying the correlation between local lifestyles and longevity, researchers found that all residents share the same...

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Humans have always desired to find a magical solution for living healthier for longer while maintaining a youthful lifestyle. Ample references about this desire can be found in literature such as in the tales about The Philosopher’s Stone or The Fountain of the Eternal Youth. These solutions may be only a fantasy, but there are actually civilizations around the world...

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Imagine if there were a place in your city where you could meet all of your daily needs; where you could walk or bike to work, cross the street safely, shop and play. This the core concept of Complete Streets. Complete Streets are designed to accommodate all community members, regardless of age, ability or modality,...

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It’s interesting to me how misconceived green infrastructure and stormwater management are by both the general public and educated community planners. Implementation of Low Impact Development has lagged in communities because of a lack of understanding of what it actually is, how to accomplish the design, a lack of support and promotion by a number of...

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Last October I visited New Orleans for the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference. I had signed up to attend the Third Annual Women in Green Power Breakfast on that Thursday morning, eager to connect with fellow women in sustainability. Those two hours were by far the most influential and important part of my trip. Organized by Kimberly Lewis, the USGBC’s Vice...

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Since sustainability is intertwined between numerous entities. There’s no way that a sustainable solution can be optimized without understanding how the solution will affect a city’s inhabitants.  Public participation, in response to this assertion, is a field within urban planning that aims to incorporate public input into private and government decisions. With the incorporation of...

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London isn’t only the main financial European hub – it’s also one of the most innovative and sustainability-oriented cities of the “Old Continent.” Indeed, many at PowerHouse Growers have been following how London’s “green” start ups, like Solarbox, have managed to find support from local authorities and appreciation among Londoners. Moreover, this positive context is attracting more...

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