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Alain de Botton has an idea that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, when it comes to cities anyways. He also proposes a system for evaluating the beauty of the world's cities (spoiler: most cities don't qualify).
2 days ago   CityLab
OpenStreetMap has released an animated map to illustrate the impressive growth of the project over the first ten years of its existence.
2 days ago   Maps Mania
What they may lack in peace and quiet, crowded cities more than make up for by requiring residents to live smaller. Tangible environmental benefits follow.
5 days ago   The Washington Post - Wonkblog
The cities that visitors see will always be different than the city that locals see. A new mapping project reveals the distinctions between the local perspective and the tourist perspective for 136 cities around the globe.
Feb 27, 2015   Huffington Post
The owners of CityMap call it one of the most social and most monetizable maps in the world. With a new expansion plan announced this week, the app—which launched in 2012 with a map of every shop in New York City—is going global.
Feb 26, 2015   Crain's New York Business
Experiments with shared (also called "naked") streets in Auckland, New Zealand show that mixing motorized and non-motorized modes can be safe, friendly, and economically successful.
Feb 26, 2015   Shared Spaces Website
Urban planning can be an exciting and rewarding profession. It can also be extremely political and sometimes downright boring.
Feb 25, 2015   Civicly
Rapid urbanization and climate change will make it harder for cities to provide crucial resources for their citizens. In this article, Arup consultants Amy Leitch and Laura Frost examine how the built environment can fill this emerging need.
Feb 24, 2015   Arup Connect
With SUV sales up, car sales down, and mileage driven up, the effects of lower gas prices could soon extend to land use, making suburban and exurban commuting more affordable. Economists have a term for these effects: demand response.
Feb 24, 2015   The Wall Street Journal - The Outlook
Cities from India to Syria to Hungary can claim to be the world's oldest continually inhabited city, with permanent habitation going back more than 4,000 years. But when the evidence is thousands of years old, the title becomes elusive.
Feb 22, 2015   The Guardian
It's too bad there isn't a map that can lead us to the place where all the fact-checkers have gone.
Feb 20, 2015   Vox