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Ok, as part of Urbanization Week, I’m really excited to hear more about what people who have committed to their own cities are doing to make them work. So here’s your chance to tell me about your place, small city or large, and how you are improving your place, and making it ready for the…

The Future of Cities

Liz Borkowski of The Pump Handle and I are doing a series this week on the future of urbanization. Given that just about half the world’s population now lives in cities, and that almost all projected demographic growth (we will come back to whether the UN’s projections on this subject are realistic in a post…

Feeding the City at Grist

I’m pleased to see Grist exploring Urban Agriculture in the US in their “Feeding the City Series”. America needs a focus on urban ag particularly because we have so deeply abandoned the ordinary and routine participations that city dwellers have always made to their foodshed. If you look at either our past or the present…

At my house today it was 82 and humid. It is hot, but there’s a breeze, and shade from the trees. The air is heavy and moist, but rich and green and earthy as well, and my house stays cool downstairs. In New York City today, the temperature was above 90, and I can still…

A reader of mine named Aaron emailed me to ask if I’d respond to Alex Steffen’s latest piece at Worldchanging. Aaron writes: I’d be interested to hear what you have to say about Alex Steffen’s recent post over at worldchanging.com. I think that it is a well considered and well informed post that addresses many…

Do You Have to Grow Food?

Because of the enormous impact of agriculture on climate change, pick up any book about “green” solutions and you’ll find the suggestions that you grow a vegetable garden. Bang into the “we can’t go on as we are” end of the environmental movement (mine), and you’ll see the general assumption that growing food is part…