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The Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Va., seen in 2015, developed an affordable housing project on its property. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Affordable housing in God’s backyard: Some religious congregations find a new use for their space

Many houses of worship no longer need as much space as they once did, or struggle to keep up with the bills. For some, redevelopment to include housing provides a new way to live out their mission.
As urban planners move away from community consultation, neighbourhoods like South Vancouver are at a serious disadvantage. (Shutterstock)

Have-not neighbourhoods hurt by about-face on engaging with the community in urban planning

Neighbourhood planning with community engagement is now treated as a barrier to better cities. For disadvantaged neighbourhoods, this shift threatens to perpetuate inequities.
Water features are commonly used in city centres across the Netherlands to cool urban areas Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock

Five ways to keep towns cool in a heatwave

From special paving to green walls, the recent Cool Towns project highlights the best ways to protect urban areas, and the people living there, from the effects of heatwaves.
Simon Fraser University students compile survey packages for a community housing resident survey in North Vancouver in November 2023. (Meg Holden)

Higher density living is changing the way neighbouring works in Canada

Before we draw conclusions about the implications of social isolation, we should check our expectations of how, when and why neighbouring does or does not happen.
Cities should be planned around existing natural resources. Stephen Appiah Takyi

Ghana: Kumasi city’s unplanned boom is destroying two rivers – sewage, heavy metals and chemical pollution detected

The inability of city authorities to enforce land-use regulations has allowed people to carry out ecologically unfriendly activities along the water bodies.

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