We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please.

09.11.18 We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please. By Anne Lusk for Fast Company City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years …

Oakland Land Trust Finds More Ways to Preserve Affordable Housing

By ALINE REYNOLDS | SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Oakland Community Land Trust purchased this property at 812 East 24th Street to preserve the affordability of several artists’ live-work spaces. (Credit: Oakland Community Land Trust) In 2014, as she approached four decades of being a landlord, then 70-year-old east Oakland resident Dixi Carrillo decided to sell her rental property next to her home. Carrillo, a retired landscape …

57% of cities plan climate action in next year

By Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz  Sept. 13, 2018 According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), 57% of participating cities are planning some sort of climate action in the coming year, and 60% have launched or expanded a climate policy in the last 12 months. Of the 158 responding cities in 39 states, …

Vacant land and urban agriculture are rejuvenating wild bee populations. Bees love cities. What can cities do to love them back?

By Jen Kinney May 28, 2018 also see https://nextcity.org/features/view/much-to-do-about-vacant-lots Last summer, Paul Maeillo had to clear a vacant lot in North Philadelphia, and he wasn’t happy about it. He’d done it plenty of times before, as part of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s LandCare program, which hires local contractors to maintain the neighborhood’s many abandoned parcels. But on this day the lot was …

Vacant lot rehab: Mowing-to-own in St. Louis. Installing trees and picket fences in Philly. How sweat equity and community engagement improves the economics of vacant-land reuse.

By James A. Anderson on Next City 2018 Cities across the U.S. Midwest and Rust Belt have long prayed for model citizens like St. Louisan Eltoreon Hawkins. Hawkins has drive: “My vision is to start on the block, in the neighborhood where I live,” he says. “I want to stabilize it. I see it as my chance to give back to …

San Francisco joins Denver in commitment to 100% renewable electricity/grid by 2030, commits to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

San Francisco Mayor London Breed committed the city to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2050 through an ambitious series of goals to combat climate change. Breed pledged to reduce waste generation by 15% and landfill disposal by 50% by 2030; to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050; to issue more green bonds to fund for sustainable construction projects; and to switch all electricity …

Public banking must build and take power from finance

By Matt STANNARD on Occupy.com TUE, 7/17/2018 This is Part 10 in a 10-part series on public banking and economic justice. Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 If Los Angeles voters choose to lift the city’s ban on government-run banking services this November, the battle for a public bank in that city won’t be over. It will just be getting started, and the barriers will be enormous. Los Angeles …

Utility shifting to renewables is a critical piece of St. Paul MN commitment to get to 85% renewable power by 2030 and net zero overall by 2050

St. Paul, MN sets plan to make buildings carbon neutral by 2030, https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/08/st-paul-aims-to-make-public-buildings-carbon-neutral-by-2030-private-buildings-by-2050/ By Jason Plautz on Utility Dive, July 10, 2018, St. Paul, MN has set a goal to make all public buildings carbon neutral by 2030 and all private buildings carbon neutral by 2050, reports the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. A big part of the emissions cuts will come from local utility’s plan to …

Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C, the temperature at which human cells start to cook, animals suffer and air conditioners overload power grids. Once an urban anomaly, 50C is fast becoming reality

In a city at 50C, the only people in sight are those who do not have access to air conditioning by Jonathan Watts and Elle Hunt in The Guardian, Mon 13 Aug 2018  Imagine a city at 50C (122F). The pavements are empty, the parks quiet, entire neighbourhoods appear uninhabited. Nobody with a choice ventures outside during daylight hours. Only at night do the denizens …

Signaling the endgame for fossil fueled vehicles

As part of the ZEV Challenge, State and regional governments, cities and businesses representing millions of dollars in purchasing power have united to accelerate the global manufacture of Zero Emission Vehicles. The ZEV Challenge asks leaders in automotive industry to signal an endgame for fossil-fuel vehicles, and drive forward progress towards a clean future. The ZEV Challenge is being supported by: The …