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In this video, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson talks about the reasons why his city is the European Green Capital for 2015: creativity, resiliency, and a high quality of life. He also discusses some of the economic challenges the city is facing and how he hopes to confront them.  He says “. . . I recognize the importance of creating a healthy, caring city for every citizen.

Dick Jackson launched the 51st IMCL Conference in June, in his terrific talk on Advancing Neighborhood Health Equity. “We have to remember that the built environment is social policy”, Jackson emphasized. “All too often in the past, we have increased inequity of health between the wealthy and the poor neighborhoods through our planning, and transportation policies. We must change our approach to planning and designing the built environment if we want to improve the health of all.”

The latest issue of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute, features an excellent article entitled “Promoting the Liveable City” which discusses our favorite topic: livable cities! They look at definitions of livability, including IMCL’s definition, and various livable cities initiatives around the world.

A new cartoon from the brilliant Ian Lockwood every Friday!

About the artist: Ian Lockwood PE is a Livable Transportation Engineer with Toole Design Group, a WBE firm that does planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and training to evolve cities to be increasingly walkable, bikable, and economically and socially successful.

Friday, July 18th, 2014:

The 2014 International Making Cities Livable Lewis Mumford Award will be awarded to Mayor George Ferguson and Bristol City Council for their leadership in creating a Healthy Bristol for All.

The award recognizes Bristol’s outstanding leadership in:

“Working to enhance streets for social life and celebration, for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit, and reducing the negative impacts of the car - these measures will improve the health of all residents, especially children.”

New research conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the built environments in Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, DC shows that “established neighborhoods with a mix of older, smaller buildings perform better than districts with larger, newer structures when tested against a range of economic, social, and environmental outcome measures.”

Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City and Keynote Speaker at this year's 51st IMCL Conference, recently posted this excellent interview with livable streets advocate Mark Gorton of Streetfilms.

Congratulations again to the City of Bristol, UK, for demonstrating to the world that a city can be a fun place to live, and a street can become a place for people, not only a channel for cars and buses! This unique event, together with other public events Bristol has organized, will increase Bristolians’ pride and love for their city.

To facilitate your participation in the 51st International Making Cities Livable Conference on Making Cities Healthy for All, IMCL has extended the deadline for the registration rate of $545 from February 1 to March 1. If you become an IMCL Member you can register at HALF price. 

We’re excited to hear John present ideas and designs from the fantastic, recently released book, Street Design, which he co-authored with Victor Dover. John, an architect and board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, says that he designs buildings with a human scale that look like they were made by human hands.

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