Category Archives: Cities

Feeling Pretty Good About Your Choice to Purchase ‘Fair Trade’ Coffee? Don’t.

(July 6, 2011) Despite its name, fair-trade coffee isn’t necessarily “fair”. In this article, Erika Johnsen outlines the inconsistencies of the fair-trade business, specifically in relation to fair-trade coffee farmers. Continue reading

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When is dense just plain dense?

(June 8, 2011) The Urban Renaissance Institute promotes higher urban densities and narrower right of ways … but not in all cases. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Ford’s blow for film freedom

(February 10, 2011) Urban Renaissance Institute Executive Director Lawrence Solomon describe’s Mayor Ford’s intervention to save a local film screening from being shut down by bureaucrats. Continue reading

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How skyscapers can save the city

(February 9, 2011) Harvard economist Edward Gleaser makes the case for denser cities in the March 2011 edition of The Atlantic. Below is an excerpt, with a link to the full article. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: The failure of Chinese mothering

(Jan. 15, 2011) Western parents retain the edge in producing creators. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Toronto’s not-so-tiny but nearly perfect mayor

(January 8, 2010) So far he’s following urban guru Jane Jacob’s play book. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Shake the salt

(May 1, 2010) The sodium-is-dangerous theory is itself a danger. Are you worried about congestive heart failure? Liver or kidney failure? Chronic fatigue? Pneumonia? Blood vessel health? Alzheimer’s or the loss of other cognitive abilities? Continue reading

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