New Bangkok park is designed for a future of flooded cities

This new park is designed for a future of flooded cities: Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Centennial Park can hold a million gallons of rainwater to help control the city’s increasing floods.  Fast Company, 22 Aug 2018   By ADELE PETERS Sitting on former swampland in a low-lying river delta, Bangkok has always flooded. In the 1800s, the majority of the population lived in floating homes and …

Vienna, Austria is top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index

Melbourne is no longer at the top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index, knocked off by Vienna, the perennial runner-up. The main reason for its climb is “improvements seen in stability and safety across most regions in the past year. Whereas in the past, cities in Europe have been affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the …

Just transition funds via a 1 percent charge on mega-retailers’ revenue from city sales, excluding groceries and medicine. Companies such as Wells Fargo, Apple, Comcast, and Banana Republic that make over $1 billion in revenue a year

By Kate Yoder on Jul 30, 2018, Grist.com, Should big corporations pay for clean energy? Portland voters will decide. Reverend E.D. Mondainé, president of the NAACP Portland Branch and chief petitioner of the Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rick Rappaport / Portland Clean Energy Fund A new ballot initiative in Portland would raise $30 million a year for clean energy through a tax on …

Sacramento has a plan to greatly extend use of electric vehicles by adding electric buses, chargers, and hundreds of shared electric cars

By Patrick Sisson  Jul 17, 2018 As part of the Sacramento Green City electric vehicle program, a fleet of Envoy shared electric cars will be available at dozens of buildings across the city. Envoy Sacramento, California, can often be under-appreciated. While the growing city is in the midst of a building boom, and just opened a high-tech new basketball arena, it’s mostly known as the …

Advice for ‘smart cities’ includes social equity, grid modernization and garbage

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said any smart city plan needs to start with a modern electrical grid. Then the apps and gadgets can follow. By Benjamin Freed, 26 July 2018 on Statescoop.com Any local government that wants to become a “smart city” needs to ignore the buzzwords and identify the projects that actually improve its constituents’ lives. That was the advice …

A growing number of people invest in real estate they never intend to occupy and push up prices for the rest of us. Cities should make them pay.

Municipalities should move quickly to enact high-end real estate transfer taxes, requirements for the disclosure of beneficial ownership, and regulations aimed at the disruptive impact absentee owner-investors are having on our cities. And cities should act in concert to keep from being pitted against each other, forming compacts to defend themselves against rapacious global capital. The city of Vancouver has …

Atlanta’s path to 100% renewable energy

Atlanta last year became the largest city in the South to make the pledge to go 100% renewable.  Atlanta is also among the first to develop a blueprint showing how to get there, said Sierra Club’s Georgia director, Ted Terry. The plan was drawn up by the city’s Office of Resilience after an extensive public outreach effort and has the blessing …

Amazon Is One Step Closer To Taking a Cut on Literally Every Economic Transaction

In a $5.5 billion sweetheart deal, Amazon has inserted itself between local businesses and local governments. BY David Dayen, In These Times, July 2018 The paper the forms are printed on at City Hall. The desk your child sits at in math class. The books in your local library. Amazon has begun to profit from all of these products, extending its business …

Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for garbage trucks, buses and delivery vans

NYTimes, Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door: Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for commercial uses, and the incognito answer to Teslas and Bolts. ImageA 60-foot electric bus used by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Los Angeles County. The agency is aiming to deploy an all-electric fleet by the …