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TRACKING THE FUTURE OF CITIES

Divided cities: Equality is a question of moral leadership

“Talent, as opposed to what we are currently taught, is not a ticket to self-interested greed and wealth. It is a gift which entails responsibility towards the rest of society.” … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vancouver: Success story or neoliberal failure?

Here’s an interesting article about a city whose allure is legendary – Vancouver. Those mild winters, the spectacular natural setting, the liberal, cosmpolitan leanings and health-conscious lifestyle mean that many … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Should we ditch the “sustainable” label (and replace it with something meaningful)?

By: Pierre Herman I finally came to this conclusion (the thought had already been percolating for a while) after perusing an article in the Guardian newspaper (Frankfurt beats London to … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Spain: Thousands of traditional businesses facing closure as rent law ends

Up to 250,000 stores and bars could shut once landlords are free to hike charges by 1,000% By: María Lillo Madrid (El Pais) The face of many Spanish cities could … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Cities Make Us Happier

By: Pierre Herman Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The AirBnB phenomenon: What impact is it having on cities?

By: Pierre Herman Never has something as innocent as renting out a room in one’s home to tourists become so controversial. While some say it’s helping build a “sharing economy” … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Successful cities need more small business, and less big capital.

By: Pierre Herman Cities need more socialism. That is, they need capital that is social, acting for the community, by the community. We tend to overlook the role of small … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

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