We only feel free to use spaces that we can identify with.
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Cities are defined as much by their buildings as what people do in between them. Designing them comes with great responsibility.
Community organizers speak in a vacant house in West Oakland, Calif., that they occupied in 2019 and 2020 to bring attention to affordable housing.
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It’s getting much harder in the US to find an affordable home, even for people who work multiple jobs.
A Puerto Rican man passes buildings for lease in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 16, 2017.
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Puerto Rico has reached an agreement to partially settle its historic bankruptcy crisis. But public cuts to education and health care are unlikely to ease, creating ongoing challenges for Puerto Ricans
In 2020, Liverpool became the first city in England to set up a land commission.
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Liverpool is the first city in England to investigate, via a land commission, how urban property can best serve everyone.
The Parc-Extension neighbourhood has a large number of immigrants from Southeast Asia. A survey reveals that, far from what you hear in the media, they integrate very well and are enjoying their lives.
Security and high-quality interpersonal relationships are essential factors for immigrants to create a happy life.
When food trucks start rolling up, developers usually aren’t far behind.
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Ethnic food is cheap, and it appeals to adventurous eaters. Real estate agents and investors have caught on.
Social housing for elderly residents and encampments for unhoused people have been destroyed to make way for Tokyo’s new National Stadium in Shinjuku.
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The cost of the Olympics is often justififed by the investment and regeneration hosting brings about. Local residents, though, rarely benefit
Director Kunle Afolayan and actress Genevieve Nnaji discuss the international rise of Nollywood at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
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As the Nigerian film industry advances its methods, is it in danger of alienating its poorer audiences?
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in people cycling as an alternative to public transit.
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An increase in cyclists due to the COVID-19 pandemic means that cities need to look at what it means to develop and maintain inclusive bicycle infrastructure.
The historical city of Kumasi is undergoing significant change.
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The displacement of low-income households in favour of middle- and high-income professionals in Kumasi is a cause for concern.
Residents of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood protest in 2017 outside a coffee shop that posted a sign celebrating gentrification.
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Hip food offerings can signal that a neighborhood is gentrifying – especially when they repackage traditional foods for wealthy white eaters.
High-density poverty in urban areas exists largely not by accident, but by design.
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High-density city living has been touted as a way to solve the problem of creating more sustainable, more liveable cities. But instead cities are only more liveable for a few.
African Canadian communities in Nova Scotia use community green spaces like parks, parking lots and other open spaces to gather, celebrate and strengthen community ties.
Nova Scotia’s African Canadian communities have grappled with racism for decades. By looking at community green spaces, we can see how they serve the community’s unique needs.
Parc-Extension in Montreal is a neighbourhood in transition with dire consequences for low-income families.
Gentrification often leads to the eviction of poor and largely racialized populations. When a university campus drives the change, they can choose to do something about it.
Community projects play a vital role in city life.
A diamond wholesaler displays two three-carat diamonds in Manhattan’s Diamond District.
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Surrounded by skyscrapers and high-end boutiques, 47th Street continues to operate like an Old World bazaar, with million-dollar deals sealed by handshakes and insured by a family’s reputation.
Independent bookstores are places where culture is collected and disseminated. The gentrification of city centres makes their existence increasingly precarious.
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The demands of gentrification in some neighbourhoods are proving deadly for some independent businesses, including local bookstores, often forcing them to close.
Remnants of the Berlin Wall, 2019.
Berlin’s rapid transformation is proof that cities can overcome conflict – but the fight against injustice doesn’t end there.
Detroit People’s Food Co-op, opening later this year in a food desert, is an example of a community-driven project.
Prodded by Michelle Obama and other government leaders, Walmart and other major US retailers vowed to build hundreds of stores in food deserts. What happened?
People power in Totnes.
The UK government has been trying to hand planning power over to local people for 50 years – but research reveals it has fallen far short of its goals.