ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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sociology-of-space:

How making London greener could make Londoners happier – interactive map

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2014/aug/14/-sp-london-green-space-make-londoners-happier-interactive-map

London – with all its tarmac, brick and glass – is actually 38.4% open space and ranks as the world’s third greenest major city. Now Daniel Raven-Ellison wants to go further … and make Greater London a national park. His campaign and online petition aims to have the city treated in the same way as parks like the Peak District and the Brecon Beacons, to conserve its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. The maps below plot open space and happiness – and attempt to show how well-being would increase if London’s green space was expanded

Further evidence that a green city is a happy city. 

sociology-of-space:

Poor doors: the segregation of London’s inner-city flat dwellers

Poorer residents in capital’s developments forced to use different entrances and facilities
Left, the luxury lobby of One Commercial Street, marketed to wealthy City workers. Right, the side-alley entrance reserved for affordable housing tenants. Photographs: Sarah Lee 

Think the ‘poor door’ phenomenon is US-only? Think again. It’s happening in London too. 

cadenced:

Interesting data visualisation from Find Property that looks at whether you’re better to cycle or take public transport to a destination in London based on your location. Data is pulled from Transport for London’s Journey Planner, so if you’re quicker cyclist than the average, it might be out, but interesting use of interactive data visualisation.

Interesting stuff. How might this compare to your city?   High-res

cadenced:

Interesting data visualisation from Find Property that looks at whether you’re better to cycle or take public transport to a destination in London based on your location. Data is pulled from Transport for London’s Journey Planner, so if you’re quicker cyclist than the average, it might be out, but interesting use of interactive data visualisation.

Interesting stuff. How might this compare to your city?