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Links 1 through 10 of 19 by Marc Rettig tagged cities

Good source of news and examples about cities, urban design, sustainable cities, quality of life

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"Through international and local collaborations, and practice-based research in northeast ohio, the CUDC's Shrinking Cities Institute seeks to examine more sustainable approaches to developmetn and explore the idea of planned shrinkage as an alternative to the quest for continuous growth."

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Imagine a plaza or town square bustling with people who are greeting each other, buying, selling, and exchanging ideas. For everyone striving to make public spaces better, PPS is that town square. Our vision is to act as the central hub of the global Placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, expertise, and partners who share a passion for creating vital places.

Since 1975, we have worked in more than 2,500 communities in 40 countries around the world, helping people turn their public spaces into vital community places, with programs, uses, and people-friendly settings that build local value and serve community needs.

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Partial text of the patterns from Christopher Alexander's book, "A Pattern Language." I bookmark it here because I like having quick reference online to the patterns for communities, towns, cities, and regions. Powerful language, beautiful vision, drawn from tireless research and synthesis done with a deeply life-affirming spirit.

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"the exciting new fast growing trend in creating vibrant, livable communities. Also known as Transit Oriented Design, or TOD, it is the creation of compact, walkable communities centered around high quality train systems. This makes it possible to live a higher quality life without complete dependence on a car for mobility and survival."

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Van Jones covered by the New Yorker, very much in line with "Community Green" approach being considered by Fit Associates in Pittsburgh

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Home of "Re-Imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland" reports

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CoolTown Studios is the ‘weekdaily’ newsite blog associated with CoolTown Beta Communities, a consulting firm which administers programs to crowdsource the development of natural cultural districts and the destination places within them. The crowdsourcing groups, formed by creatives, are known as beta communities. This newssite blog (and only the blog!) is a free public service (including all 1300+ archived entries) committed toward building inspiring triple-bottom-line places to live, work, learn and play.

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Fabulous resource, important movement, excellent source of tools, ideas, support

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