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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 public spaces in Europe, putting Jane Jacobs to the test in Italian cities and the dollar value of urban trees.

Putting Jane Jacobs to the test
Jane Jacobs was put to the test in 6 Italian cities and she passed with flying colours. Jacobs proposed four conditions essential to vibrant city life. Researcher Marco De Nadai and his team at the University of Trento designed a way to test those conditions by mining databases and cell phone records in six Italian cities.(via Next City)

Public space in European cities
From regeneration and grassroots activism to privatisation and security, public space in Europe’s cities is shaped by a variety of urban developments. Guardian Cities asks how is the nature of public space in European cities changing? What’s improving and what’s getting worse? (via Guardian Cities)

The (dollar) value of urban trees
Free software program i-Tree uses GIS and a complex set of algorithms that allows communities and researchers to produce detailed inventories of their urban canopies, and calculate their dollar value.(via CityLab)

Photo by Pierre Metivier from Flickr CC

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