Defining the 15-minute city
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Defining the 15-minute city

The Storefront Accelerator
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The Storefront Accelerator

The Storefront Accelerator By  Jaime J. Izurieta Your storefront can make you money. Odds are it is not and you are wasting a great opportunity.  Design brings people into your store. It attracts new customers and tells them what your business is about. Once inside, it guides them to what you want them to see.  Most…

Who Decides
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Who Decides

Your neighborhood is chock full of subtle clues about who makes the decisions and who holds the power. Interested in learning more? Watch Power & Health for free on the PBS App or on our website. #PowerAndHealth

To Save the Planet, Start with Sidewalks
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To Save the Planet, Start with Sidewalks

Why does social life matter so much for our sustainable future? And what does the future of our planet have to do with our sidewalks?

Imagine if the places where we live were shaped by our social lives, re-imagined to make it easy for us to gather, shop, have fun, eat together, and meet new people. With this mindset, we would fundamentally change our communities. Maybe this vision is closer than we think: Perhaps, all we have to do to bring this to life is start with the sidewalks.

Mumbai’s Iconic Art Deco Buildings Were Made to Conquer Disease
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Mumbai’s Iconic Art Deco Buildings Were Made to Conquer Disease

Bombay Deco. To residents of India’s largest city, the phrase conjures the spirit of the 1930s, when independence — and architectural experimentation and innovation — was in the air. The megacity known today as Mumbai houses the largest collection of Art Deco buildings outside of Miami.

Superblocks of Barcelona
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Superblocks of Barcelona

Over two years ago, Barcelona set the transportation world aflutter when it announced it would be attempting to reinvent parts of its city by developing a Superblock system by transforming targeted street grids to prioritize people over cars. On selected small street networks large parts of intersections and roadways would be taken back for parks and community gathering. Vehicles would not be banned, but it would redesign the grids so that fast thru-traffic was discouraged thru a series of driving direction changes, street narrowing and speed limits. Thus, almost all vehicles present would be either local residents or people with personal business on those streets.

An ode to Lisbon’s kiosks by photographer Richard John Seymour
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An ode to Lisbon’s kiosks by photographer Richard John Seymour

Once obsolete, these staples of city life are making a comeback Until just a few years ago, a ‘capilé’ would have been as unfamiliar to Lisbonites as to those outside of Portugal. Once a staple local tipple, made from maidenhair fern leaf syrup and essence of orange blossom, it slipped out of people’s consciousness as…