Society

A broad category of content focused on societal issues in cities.

Examples: health, community, social equity, education, arts & culture, and homelessness.

Zero-Net-Energy Schools

In the Marx Brothers comedy classic Duck Soup, Groucho as a nation’s president said, “Why a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can’t make head nor tail out of it.” When it comes to zero-net-energy (ZNE)...

Urban Innovator of the Week: Pashon Murray

This profile was originally published by Urban Innovation Exchange in partnership with Meeting of the Minds and Kresge Foundation. For more stories of people changing cities, visit UIXCities.com and follow @UIXCities. It has been over two years since Urban Innovation...

Learning Happens Everywhere. How Do We Make it All Count?

One of 12 LRNG Cities nationwide, LRNG Pittsburgh is led by The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh’s leading nonprofit agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making the region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Sprout stewards...

Urban Innovator of the Week: Eric Avner

Eric Avner has managed the community development programs for the Cincinnati-based Haile Foundation since 2008. During that time, he says, the Haile Foundation did “the normal foundation things” – funding philanthropic programs, as foundations do. But then...

The Case for Basic Income

These days, advances in technology are allowing us to do new and amazing things. But these advances can come with a cost: as technology is used for more and more purposes, it can disrupt the traditional labor model and put people out of work by automating their jobs....

Urban Innovator of the Week: Carlo “Khali” Sweeney

This profile was originally published by Urban Innovation Exchange in partnership with Meeting of the Minds and Kresge Foundation. For more stories of people changing cities, visit UIXCities.com and follow @UIXCities. When Carlo “Khali” Sweeney first...

Returning to Plato’s Cave: How the Light of Smart Technology Brings Us Back to Old Debates

Dozens of the world’s leading specialists and practitioners making cities around the world “smarter” gathered recently in Singapore to discuss how information technology can assist cities manage energy, water, security, and transportation challenges. The World Smart...

Hungry for the Holidays: A Look at Urban Food Insecurity

During these holiday months, most of us are gathering with family and friends, feeling grateful for what we have (and/or letting our families drive us crazy), and eating a bounty of our favorite foods of the season between Thanksgiving, Friendsgivings, work parties,...

What Do We Need to Build Sustainable Cities?

Every so often, I find it important to reset and to re-envision what a successful future looks like. This article seeks to take a step back and revisit the fundamentals of what the building of a sustainable city requires. The footprint of cities is a heavy contributor...

Downtowns That Are Sustainable and Healthy

In a reversal from trends of the last century, U.S. central cities are now growing faster than their suburbs, according to the latest census data. Sure, suburbs are continuing to grow as well, but there is been a marked shift, from 2010-2013, as Baby Boomers and young...

Santiago, Chile: Ingredients for a Smart City

Santiago, Chile may very well be the smart city of the future. To start with, 40% of the country lives in Santiago, and 85% of the population lives in urban areas, thus modeling the urbanization trend predicted throughout the rest of the world. Though the country is...

Will Smart Cities be Gentrified Cities?

Can cities become victims of their own success as they enhance and prosper? The idea of dislocation and displacement from a community is contrary to the urban ethic, and yet this undercurrent is rising in the public discourse wherever revitalization is occurring....