Housing costs in many US cities have risen beyond reach for millions of Americans, and evidence suggests that zoning restrictions on how much housing you can build on a plot of land are largely to blame. That’s why urbanists were thrilled when California’s capital of Sacramento … [Read more...] about How hyperlocal zoning reform could create more affordable housing
In the Netherlands, an age-old rivalry exists between the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. This rivalry can turn ugly, especially when the city’s voetbal (soccer) teams play each other. Recently, however, the rivalry has been channeled in order to spur excitement about … [Read more...] about Rival Dutch cities create tile-removing competition to expand green space
Recently, we shared a story about the expansion of New York’s High Line park, which has been a symbol of urban renewal after it successfully transformed an abandoned railway track into a lively green area — making it one of the city’s main tourist attractions. Now the High … [Read more...] about NYC’s High Line park to inspire similar urban renewal project in London
We’ve written about vertical farms and affordable housing extensively at The Optimist Daily, but never have we seen these two concepts combined. Until now, that is. This is the exact combination we’re going to witness in Westbrook, Maine, where a multistory greenhouse is being … [Read more...] about Affordable housing and vertical farms: A match made in heaven?
Last month, Ikea made it into the Optimist Daily after purchasing nearly 11,000 acres of forest in Georgia to protect it from being developed. Today, we bring you a whole new initiative from the furniture giant that involves turning the Swedish city of Helsingborg into a … [Read more...] about Ikea is turning this Swedish city into a hub for green-minded projects