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Pick of the day: A 140-Acre Forest Is About to Materialize in the Middle of Detroit. On the atlanticcities.com by Sarah Goodyear

After nearly five years of planning, a large-scale attempt to turn a big chunk of Detroit into an urban forest is now underway. The purchase of more than 1,500 vacant city-owned lots on the city’s lower east side – a … Continue reading

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Pick of the Day: Emanuel Urban Farm Network – Mayor Launches New Agriculture Plan To Transform Vacant Lots – The Huffington Post

‘Under a recently-announced new agriculture plan, vacant lots on Chicago’s South Side could be transformed into thriving — and profitable — urban farms in just three years. […] In a statement, Emanuel said the farm lots will help “stabilize” the … Continue reading

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Creative Cities International — The Vitality Index (VI)

by Brendan Colgan Last summer Creative Cities International (CCI) launched a new cultural impact study in the U.S.  entitled the Vitality Index (VI) [click here for the report]. The study aims to model the “human experience of the city at its … Continue reading

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The American Grid

by Brendan Colgan The order and arrangement of the grid serves as a manufactured replacement for the natural landscape.  It allows humans and artificial landmarks to dominate natural landmarks. The meandering course of rivers, the jagged lines of cliffs, and … Continue reading

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M&Ms in Wisconsin – Part II: Milwaukee

By Renard Teipelke Only four mayors in 60 years – three of them socialists (sic!). Considering Milwaukee’s 20th century history, the preconditions are really exciting for a US-American city. The Sewer Socialist movement emerged from Milwaukee and included famous figures … Continue reading

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M&Ms in Wisconsin – Part I: Madison

By Renard Teipelke The picture of the United States in the media often tends to be limited to the coastal areas versus the ‘crazy’ heartland. There are many states that are probably more important than the Mid-Western state of Wisconsin … Continue reading

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High Line New York City: When Green Becomes Gold

By Caspar Lundsgaard-Hansen The High Line is a linear public park in New York City. It was built on a section of a former elevated railroad line in in lower Manhattan and not only boasts stunning architecture and a rich … Continue reading

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Pismo Beach: Niche Existence due to Otherness

By Renard Teipelke Along the Pacific Coast, California offers hundreds of beautiful beaches. Names (or places) such as Santa Cruz, Malibu, or Coronado Island are world famous not only because they are marketed well but are actually nice, sunny, and … Continue reading

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When nation branding turns into serious ugly propaganda

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology | guardian.co.uk “The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using fake online personas to influence internet … Continue reading

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