Take a trip to Detroit, where everything from the city's economy, to countless of its neighborhoods, to crucial civic-services that its residents need to live healthy happy lives, all seemed to have collapsed.
I live in the city of Toronto with three young children. I am a driver and I am a pedestrian. But I am a pedestrian first. Unfortunately, many of the drivers in this city do not share my love of pedestrianism. They do not, in fact, seem to care about the safety and well-being of my children at all. So I put together a few simple rules to help them avoid running over kids with their cars.
At this time of year the birds are busy building and rebuilding their nests, rearing their young and are generally ravenous and noisy. Eastern philosophy teaches that it is important to provide food for the birds as a way of paying homage to the gods.
For some baffling reason, my upstairs neighbour seems to think it's okay to have a power shower after 11pm. Repeatedly. And after midnight. And usually 1am. And 1.15am. Then 1.20am. And 1.25am. And so on. Sometimes one after the other from 1am to 3am.
People often say "do what you love and the money will follow." Maybe it will and maybe it won't, but why does doing what you love have to be tied to a job? How about just doing what you love as a way of living life? The opportunities for to live that philosophy are abundant in Detroit.
Urbanization is happening rapidly. Globally today, for the first time ever, more people live in cities than anywhere else.
Just as we have learned to recycle paper, glass, iron, steel, even water, we must now also learn to recover these new elements as well, mine their density and availability, and invent a new conduct toward sustaining the value of these most precious metals already in hand.
So far, the conversation on climate resilience has been too narrow. It often overlooks some of the key components that have proven to make the difference in how a community survives a heat wave, a flood, a fire, or a hurricane.
Micro-units are being created to fill a real and growing demand for them due to housing crises that exist in most thriving cities -- and personal lifestyle preferences.
I was thrilled to meet Joel Rash, a 47-year-old Flint native and entrepreneur, and learn about his experience living in one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
The Mayor is missing the point, thinking that the issue on London's streets is all about cycling... London is in grave danger of becoming famous not for finance, art, culture and cycling, but rather for road death and injury. We need a radical re-assessment of the purpose of our streets.
The main characteristics of New York City are its diversity, dynamism, sense of opportunity and endless possibility. New York is a mixture of old and new; of pre- and post-industrial; of old people and young people. That has not changed and will probably never change.
A "hard" outside with a soft inside is ideal for cavity-nesting birds. You can even "plant" a downed tree in the yard to provide a snag for species.
With billions headed for urban centers in the decades to come, and with cities already home to a majority of the earth's population, the future of cities and our environment are inextricably connected.
A number of impressive initiatives across the global south are using art to empower marginalized communities. Whether it is through museums in Rio de Janeiro or film production in Nairobi, several projects are giving the poor a voice.
Much of the rhetoric around budget cuts suggests that lawmakers make tough decisions, but to me Ms. P's decision about how to spend her last $50 is one of the toughest I can imagine.