The latest in urban planning, placemaking, and citizen action:

  • Does “right-sizing” have the potential to solve Detroit’s problems? [Detroit Free Press]
  • Dumpster diving: in Brooklyn, garbage bins are repurposed as swimming pools. [New York Times]
  • The public-health argument for walkable and bike-able communities. [Citiwire]
  • Study: public transportation saves Americans 646 million hours per year! [Planetsave]
  • In San Francisco, a new web-based tool to connect local food to buyers. [Civil Eats]
  • Federal transportation funds favor new projects, while existing public transit is forced to cut corners. [The Nation]
  • States make strides to integrate food stamps and farmers’ markets. [New York Times]
  • In Minneapolis, downtown “ambassadors” keep streets clean, safe, and friendly. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
  • Advocates in California mourn the “death of transit.” [Streetsblog SF]