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Bringing Vibrant Public Space to the ‘Burbs

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By Jason Neudorf

In Part I of this series, I suggested that many of the vibrant downtowns in North America are great places to raise families – or they would be if families could afford them.  Unfortunately, the very limited supply of housing that can reasonably be described as urban means that a lot of Millennials will be destined for the leafy frontiers of suburbia.  That is, unless housing markets are able to respond in a powerful way to increase the supply of urban housing.  There are many signs that this response is beginning to gain momentum, and the cities that foster growth in the supply of urban housing will be well poised to attract the talent and investment necessary for success in the 21st century. Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you articles focused on how  to create and maintain one of the world’s most liveable cities, Los Angeles’ healthy parklets and how citizens created an entire city within an abandoned building.
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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week community spirit is a common theme. We bring you city-wide living rooms in Copenhagen  tranquil green space amid a Los Angeles traffic jam and a guide to New York’s privately owned public spaces.

City-Wide Living Rooms
A 750 meter “superpark” spans the north end of Copenhagen showcasing the multicultural fabric of the city within three colour-coded zones. The intent of the plan was to create a communal space that reflects the cultural make-up of the community.  (Via TrendHunter)

LA Urban Air
Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Glassman transforms billboard advertisements into suspended urban forests with his “Urban Air” project. The existing structure is modified to house the planters along with a water misting system and wifi network that monitors the environment. (Via GOOD)

Privately Owned Public Space
The Municipal Art Society of New York provides a key to the privately owned public space in the city along with an interactive map. The user can search for spaces by address or by selecting a preferred amenity such as seating, food service or artwork. (Via APOPS)

Photo from Jens Rost on Flickr (cc)

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