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Quality of Life

November 30, 2019, 1pm PST
The quality of life or residents might be the best way to measure the benefits of green building programs, according to the president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Smart Cities Dive
November 5, 2019, 9am PST
The differences in the ways people who live in the city spend their time versus the way people who live in suburbs spend their time are few and small.
CityLab
October 30, 2019, 6am PDT
Many cities aren't planning and designing for their aging residents, despite a world full of examples to model from, according to a new report from the Milliken Institute.
Smart Cities Dive
August 19, 2019, 6am PDT
Cities need to increase density, but the design of buildings can drastically affect people’s quality of life. Architects are using new tactics and tools to create innovative structures where light, air, and space are not compromised.
Fast Company
July 3, 2019, 9am PDT
Why is it that smallish cities in western Europe always score so well? Perhaps the underlying assumptions behind ostensibly data-driven "livability" rankings cater to a certain audience and leave most of us out.
CityLab
December 19, 2018, 6am PST
The finalists from the WRI Ross Prize for Cities have been announced.
The City Fix
December 17, 2018, 8am PST
Metropolitan areas with many options for places to eat offers many quality of life benefits to residents.
City Observatory
November 7, 2018, 5am PST
The first comprehensive look at social capital in a Canadian city reveals lessons for planners and more about what connects citizens to their communities.
The Star
October 21, 2018, 1pm PDT
While much of the news focuses on declining population and vacant homes, Cleveland and Akron have quietly outperformed many other cities on quality of life.
Crain's Cleveland Business
August 30, 2018, 1pm PDT
If the rent is too damn high, it might still be a good investment.
CityLab
August 20, 2018, 2pm PDT
Honolulu and Pittsburgh have made a cottage industry of leading the United States on the quality of life index produced by The Economist.
The Economist Intelligence Unit
June 12, 2018, 2pm PDT
The happiest people in Canada, according to a survey of life satisfaction, tend to live in significantly less dense communities than the least happy.
Daily Hive
January 30, 2017, 9am PST
A call to action to change the paradigm of planning and development to better serve an aging nation.
The New York Times
Blog post
January 10, 2017, 9am PST
The quickly growing number of third spaces is good news for both the social and the urban fabrics.
Erling Fossen
August 23, 2016, 11am PDT
It's something we feel intuitively: poorly-designed arterial roads make for less comfortable neighborhoods. That remains the case even if the adjoining residential streets are quiet and safe.
Streetsblog USA
June 13, 2016, 1pm PDT
Good jobs, affordable housing, and quality of life rarely come in a total package. In fact, according to new analysis from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, only three cities in the United States combine all three.
Gizmodo
June 8, 2016, 11am PDT
Metro's first Quality of Life report measures the impact of the agency's transit investments since 2008.
The Source
January 19, 2016, 8am PST
One writer's view of the modern city goes negative. If our environment affects our happiness, surely we're all suffering from depression.
Adbusters
January 15, 2016, 11am PST
The availability of parking can make or break opinions of neighborhoods, and renters are especially likely to be impacted by parking difficulties.
Trulia
December 31, 2015, 9am PST
National leaders in China have recognized urban challenges like pollution and public safety as threats to residents of the country's cities, and have released a policy statement to begin a new era of urban policies.
China Daily