Interview someone living in a struggling city or region to learn more.
Do you know someone who lives in a struggling community? Interview him or her to understand what life looks like where they live. What evidence can they point to that shows their city’s or region's struggles? How they are coping? Why do they stay? What are their hopes and dreams for where they live?
This isn't an interview of someone in my city, but insightful. Fifty years ago this month, Random House published The Death and Life of Great American Cities, an extraordinary book in which Jacobs laid out the principles for creating a healthy city.
In 2005, a San Francisco art and design studio called Rebar converted a metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown SF. PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement and led to permanent "parklets" popping up all over the city.
Using tax incentives to promote cultural events. In Brazil, there is a law (called "Rouanet"), which gives corporations the incentive to invest in cultural events. This is essentially how city in a poor region is able to finance cultural events...
I have been visiting Recife, located in the Northeast corner of Brazil, for over 10 years now, and have been surprised by the recent rapid changes for the better (in terms of economic development). An interesting mix of policy decisions is analyzed
The Farmshop transformed a derelict building in Dalston, London into an urban food hub with chickens on the roof, pigs in the backyard, and aquaphonic fish thanks in the livingroom. The rooms of the building are used for growing vegetables and educat
Safiatou lives in neighborhood called Calaban Coura (means “New city”), with a lot of houses are in a never-ending process of construction because of the economic situation and also a high porcentage of women without economic possibilities.
Medical students face a big dilemma upon graduating in Hungary - they can continue on interning and specializing in Hungary for so little salary that they might starve to death or move abroad and leave their beloved country behind.
One hurdle to creating a more vibrant Detroit is funding for vibrancy-related efforts. The city expects 2,000+ jobs (31% of the city's general workforce) to get cut, with a raise in taxes and additional cuts to cultural programs.
Is happiness relative, especially in cities where wealth disparities are apparent? I interviewed members from slums to the general public for stories. I asked them to rate their happiness from 1-10, reflecting the number of flowers in each portrait.
Vibrancy might just arise from taking time to "rediscover" what vibrancy our communities already have. The Carmageddon (the name for the anticipated closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles) became an opportunity to rediscover vibrancy in LA.