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Embarcadero

Report Ranks the World's Leading Cities: Now and in the Future

New York is the most important city in the world, but San Francisco is best positioned for the future, according to AT Kearney's "Global Cities" report.

June 8, 2017 - World Economic Forum

Seattle Public Art

Waking Up to Seattle's New Density

Census data shows that Seattle jumped Baltimore to become the country's tenth most densely populated city. Is Seattle on the cusp of a changing of the guard when it comes to density and population growth?

February 9, 2016 - The Seattle Times

Beware of Energy Rankings for Cities

In a special "Energy for Tomorrow" report, The New York Times looks at "clean city rankings" of energy efficiency and land use. But ranking cities is no easy task—"winners on one list may appears as sinners on another."

December 10, 2015 - The New York Times - Energy & Environment

Austin Complete Street

What Are North America's Most 'Youthified' Cities?

Gentrification has famously, and controversially, changed the face of many neighborhoods. Less well known is the process that geographer Markus Moos calls "youthification," in which neighborhoods don't become richer so much as they become younger.

February 17, 2015 - CityLab

Ranking the Best and Worst Cities to Live and Work with Special Needs

WalletHub recently released the "2014 Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities" to highlight the economic power of providing employment opportunities and livable communities for people with special needs.

October 7, 2014 - WalletHub

Walkable DC

Report Ranks Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metropolitan Areas

A new report authored by Chris Leinberger and Patrick Lynch, called "Foot Traffic Ahead," ranks walkable urban places (or "WalkUPs") around the country.

June 18, 2014 - Smart Growth America

Are These the Next 15 Hot Cities?

No, we're not talking about climate change - this list from Business Insider imagines which U.S. cities will be the best cities to live in in the future of 20 years from now.

June 27, 2012 - Business Insider

City Ranking Actually Do Change Our Opinions

The safest cities. The best cities. The happiest cities. We see the rankings all the time. But do they matter. Yes, says Samuel Arbesman, who surveyed 310 US residents by using Amazon's Mechanical Turk service.

January 6, 2012 - Atlantic Cities

"There's No Democrat or Republican Way to Pick Up Garbage"

Minneapolis knows it will never win any beauty contests, or become a tourist destination. But city leaders know what makes the city great: it works.

November 22, 2011 - GOOD Magazine

Panoramic Pics of Top 100 Public Spaces

Planetizen regular Chris Whitis features some stunning shots of several of the winners of our recent Top 100 Public Spaces crowdsourcing survey.

November 8, 2011 - Sitephocus

Cities Aren't About Happiness

Elizabeth Farrelly suggests that happiness is only a possible side benefit to the true goal of cities, which is "...getting stuff done and, more importantly, generating the ideas that get stuff done."

October 24, 2011 - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Deceptive Business of City Rankings

A new report by planning consultant Zach Taylor exposes the politics behind the scenes of "Best Cities" lists. Taylor believes the motives behind all the parties involved are often not transparent.

October 18, 2011 - The Atlantic Cities

APA's Picks Great Neighborhoods for 2011

Each year, the American Planning Association singles out neighborhoods that "...represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow."

October 13, 2011 - American Planning Association

Top Food Cities in the U.S.

Travel+Leisure polls its readers for the best cities for foodies, with New Orleans taking the top spot.

September 15, 2011 - Travel+Leisure

Chattanooga, Tennessee: America's Favorite Town

At least, the favorite town of Outside Magazine's readership, in a survey of almost 22,000 readers. Outside says the factors that make Chattanooga hot range from "epic singletrack to progressive city planning."

September 13, 2011 - Outside Magazine

Best Cities to Wait Out the Recession

GOOD compiles a subjective list of the best cities to live a decent life cheaply while you wait for the jobs to reappear. Austin tops the list of "artsy, cheap, liberal oases."

September 7, 2011 - GOOD Magazine

Richard Florida Picks Hot Urban Neighborhoods

In USA Today, Florida picks 10 neighborhoods that give a "slice of local urban life," ranging from Miami's Wynwood and Design District to Fort Worth, Texas' West 7th community.

August 20, 2011 - USA Today

Sprawl On: Suburbs Top the Hierarchy of Healthy Places

A new finding by Univ. of Wisconsin Population Health Institute reveals that when the health variable is isolated, suburban living beats living in the city and in rural areas.

July 12, 2011 - The Wall Street Journal

The Cheapest Cities in the U.S.

The Council of Community & Economic Research pulled together data on the 340+ urban areas in the U.S. and determined which are the most affordable to live in. Texas cities come out on top.

July 12, 2011 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

The Top 10 Cities Leading the Way on Climate Change

Predictable cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland are in the Top 10, but cities like San Diego and San Jose also hold prominent spots on the list.

June 22, 2011 - Triple Pundit

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