Dispatches

Thriving Cities on Milwaukee Public Radio

In an interview on WUWM 89.7 , researcher David Flowers explains the value of The Thriving Cities project's approach to understanding urban life.

Globalization and Urban Pollution

Andrew Sharp

Who is to blame when a citizen sues his own city over air pollution? According to Reuters, we will soon find out in China.

What are the Challenges of the City today?

Andrew Sharp

The Urbanization Project recently brought together urban policy scholar Richard Florida, economist Paul Romer, and sociologist Robert Sampson for a panel on "The Challenge of the City" in which they addressed the challenges and potential for cities in the next hundred years.

Coming Together: Food and Art in the City

Stephen Assink

In an era of entrenched urban divisions and diminishing public spaces, food and art can be powerful mediums of connection and unity. A recent conference explored what that looks like.

Faith in the City: Part III, City Soul—An Interview with Cardus' Milton Friesen

Andrew Sharp

Religious institutions in their varied forms are to the social fabric of cities what swamps and bogs are to the ecological landscape. Cities that are serious about attending to the various social challenges in their communities cannot afford to be snobbish about a scarce resource.

Snapshots of City Life: Parking Lots, Urban Farming, and Other Stories

Stephen Assink

A collection of online stories that highlight and examine different facets of city life.

Thriving Cities Featured Again on Milwaukee Public Radio

Stephen Assink

Thriving Cities investigator, David Flowers, gets featured again by Milwaukee Public Radio.

Whole Foods in Richmond

Stephen Assink

Known for its organic, fair-trade, and costly fare, Whole Foods has become a staple as well as a trend-setter in the food industry. Its impending arrival in Richmond highlights important issues and challenges facing the city.

Assessing Urban Complexity: Thriving Cities Conference Recap

Stephen Assink

Last month, the Thriving Cities Project gathered together practitioners and scholars from around the country for a two day conference to recap and assess research, project goals, and current findings.

The Pursuit to Turn Data Into Action

Stephen Assink

As most ardent supporters of data will admit, even the most sophisticated indicator needs something more: community buy-in.

The Power of Play in the Public Square

Guest Blogger

The renovated Place de la République shows the power of the public square.