June 11, 2010
Using Johannesburg's unoffical transport system is an adventure in itself. Here's a beginner's guide
May 10, 2010
Next month's World Cup in South Africa will bring a lot of attention to the country, and a lot of opportunity. Though many hope the country will see an economic benefit, the biggest impact is likely to be the creation of urban infrastructure.
March 31, 2010
The road to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been long for the 32 national teams that have made the final cut of the world’s most-watched international sporting event. But that road has been longer, rougher, and much more expensive for the Republic of South Africa, which was chosen as the host of the 2010 event back in 2004. In the intervening six years, South Africa has laid out a strategy for using the multi-city soccer tournament as a catalyst for local economic development and countrywide infrastructure investments.
March 30, 2010
California's general plans get more prescriptive
March 25, 2010
Code for America. Sounds kind of dorky, doesn’t it? It kind of is. It’s a technology-focused version of Teach for America, the national program that recruits recent college grads to commit to a couple of years of service teaching in public schools. But while Teach for America aims at improving the nation’s public school system, Code for America is taking on a thornier, even more dysfunctional beast: government.
March 15, 2010
A motorhome metropolis blooms each year in the Arizona desert.
March 15, 2010
Covered by chaparral and dry brush, the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are at a perennial risk of wildfire. And when the seasonal Santa Ana winds sweep through, they bring Apocalyptic storms of fire and ash that rain down on, and sometimes consume, the communities that press up against these slopes.
March 3, 2010
A new hub for food trucks expands the offerings beyond tacos.
February 8, 2010
On Friday February 12 the 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver. Like all host cities, Vancouver had to plan for a sprint and a marathon — it had to develop, finance, design and build a range of sport and residential venues that would not only make the two-week event a big success but also, when the world had gone back home, become a vital and enduring part of the city fabric.