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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  greening laneways in Melbourne, mapping the soul of the city and how to respond to an affordable housing crisis.

Charting the soul of the City (in Google maps)
At a time when everyone has access to GPS, artists are making maps that distort, disorient, and convey an emotional connection to a city. Author Katharine Harmon’s latest work You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City,  is a collection of maps specific to New York City concerned with the psychic quality. (via FastCo Exist)

Responding to the affordable housing crisis
A new report on the affordable housing crisis warns that there’s no one single strategy that has yet proven effective in stemming the displacement of lower-income families. A report by New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy focuses on two major ways that cities are tackling gentrification: creating and/or preserving affordable housing, and assisting residents displaced by gentrification.(via CityLab)

Laneways get a green makeover in Melbourne
Melbourne’s already iconic laneways are getting a green makeover with a huge injection of cash to get it off the ground. Check out the designs and ideas here. (via The Age)

Photo by  steph from Flickr CC

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