News Roundup

Will the sharing economy make us all Republicans?

Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians are all vying to outdo each other in portraying the popular company, and its political struggles to avoid regulatory strangulation, as a poignant validation of their worldview.

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Source: The Washington Post | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Good Governance | Transportation

Sep 22 2014

How to Build a Greener Driveway

The next time you hear the rhythm of rain as it drums overhead, grab your boots and venture outside to follow the rainwater’s journey. After it hits your roof, where does it go to next?

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Source: Houzz | Archived Copy

Filed under: Healthy Communities | Infrastructure | Real Estate | Rebuilding New Orleans | Sustainable Development | Urban Design | Urban Ecology

Sep 14 2014

Big Noise About Big Tops

City ordinances on obstruction of right of way have been pushed to the forefront of the NOLA’s homeless problem.

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Source: Noladefender.com | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Community Input | Housing

Aug 25 2014

In New Orleans, Gluttony and Starvation Live Side by Side

Despite New Orleans’ reputation as a city of big appetites, White’s narrative is far too common. A recent study by the Food Research and Action Center found that New Orleanians go hungry more than nearly anywhere else in the United States.

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Source: Nextcity.org | Archived Copy

Filed under: Culture | Healthy Communities

Aug 25 2014

7 Excellent Examples of Repurposed Bike Infrastructure

While European cities tend to dominate bike infrastructure lists, Copenhagen and its ilk have so prioritized biking that they often build new projects from scratch. Reusing old infrastructure — specifically rail — seems to be primarily a U.S. trend, where road development took precedence over trains and streetcars decades ago.

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Source: Nextcity.org | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Healthy Communities | Infrastructure | Transportation | Urban Design

Aug 25 2014

Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular “share economy” apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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Source: NPR.org | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Good Governance | Transportation

Jul 29 2014

New Orleans Citizens Reform a Corrupt, Fallen City

A fighting grass-roots spirit has sparked most of the positive changes in the nine years since Katrina.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal | Archived Copy

Filed under: Culture | Education | Good Governance | Hurricane Katrina | Rebuilding New Orleans

Jul 29 2014

Paved front yards are illegal, Urban Conservancy representative tells Gentilly residents

Travis Martin of the Urban Conservancy recently spoke at the Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association meeting in Gentilly. Martin said there has been an increase in the paving of front yards and parking in front yards over the past eighth to nine months.

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Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Environment | Good Governance | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Transportation | Urban Design | Urban Ecology

Jul 10 2014

For a walk-able Fat City, the challenge is where to park the cars

To build a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in car-crazy Metairie, planners and developers must take a counter-intuitive step. They need to ensure that residents and customers can drive there, and leave the cars upon arrival.

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Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Sustainable Development | Transportation | Urban Design

Jul 7 2014