Another TEDx Talk—The suburbs are dying: Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher at TEDxMidAtlantic

Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine. She is a co-chair of the Fortune U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership and a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Her first book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, was published by Portfolio in August 2013. Continue reading

TED Talk—The General Theory of Walkability: Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck at TEDxMidAtlantic

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. The Christian Science Monitor called his recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work.”

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Jennifer Keesmaat: Own Your City [Weekend Watch]

On December 6, 2013, Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner for the City of Toronto, deliver the Warren Gill Memorial Lecture. Here is the video:

Political engagement in cities is at an all-time low, but the passionate public discourse about visions for the places we live is louder than ever. What disconnect is hindering these conversations from translating ideas into reality? Continue reading

False Creek South: An Experiment in Community [Weekend Watch]

False Creek South has been a showcase for the benefits of mixed-income and mixed-use living for the past 40 years; including hundreds of co-operative homes. However, the pending end of city leases and federal operating agreements will lead to significant changes and challenges in the community over over the coming decades.

This video takes a look back and explores what may lie ahead. Continue reading