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Bike-Powered Monorail Gets Google Grant
Sep 28, 2010 -- Popular Science
The Shweeb is a person-powered monorail that currently only exists as an amusement park attraction in New Zealand. But with a $1 million Google grant, the creator may yet see his dream of a commuter Shweeb system. 

Could Classic Hill Towns Be a Model for Town Planning?
Sep 27, 2010 -- myurbanist
In classic hill towns, people showed innovation and dynamic placemaking--lessons learned for urbanism in the new century, says Chuck Wolfe.

Are One-Way Streets Really Necessary?
Sep 28, 2010 -- re:place Magazine
One-way streets are a relatively new phemenon and encourage drivers to drive faster, says John Calimente. He argues it's time to convert Vancouver's one-ways back to their two-way pasts. 

Troubled Times for Sun Belt Cities
Sep 28, 2010 -- Next American City
Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that poverty is at a high point in America. Hit especially hard is the Sun Belt.

Starchitecture Eroding
Sep 28, 2010 -- The Wall St. Journal
Eric Felton writes that buyers of splashy, starchitect-designed buildings are finding all too often that innovation in form leads to unforeseen structural problems. 

Renegade Pothole-Fillers
Sep 27, 2010 -- The Portland Tribune
In Portland, a group called "Potholes for Poverty" promises, for a charitable donation, to come by your beat-up street and fill in the offending rut. The City of Portland is not pleased. 

Grocery Chains Caught Faking Farmers Markets
Sep 28, 2010 -- Grist
The farmers market trend has gotten so popular that West Coast chain Safeway tried setting up some stands of fruits and veggies outside their store with a sign saying "Farmers Market". Locals called them on it. 

How "Arrival Cities" Are Shaping the Future
Sep 27, 2010 -- The Globe and Mail
In his new book, Arrival City, Doug Saunder explores how cities can ease the planet's "final migration" by creating "arrival" neighborhoods that allow newcomers to make connections with each other, their home villages and especially their new cities.

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