Ugly and non-violent in Philly, carbon-neutral in the UAE, Candlight Dinners, MORE

Ugly and non-violent in Philly, carbon-neutral in the UAE, Candlight Dinners, MORE

Happy Friday, citizens of the urban world! Here are the headlines…

10,000 Men to March in Philadelphia to End Violence

If organizers have their druthers, 10,000 Philadelphians will march this weekend to inspire, educate, and speak out against the violence that has already claimed 318 lives this year. The march will occur at a time when it appears the homicide rate in Philadelphia has plateaued. Take pause before celebrating, however. We’re still on par with last year.

An Open Forum About Boston’s Future

MIT to sponsor futureBoston, a dialogue with citizens about ways that Boston can avoid being outpaced by cities that are quickly becoming more liveable, affordable, and open to change.

Massachusetts Governor Unveils a Plan for Foreclosed Homes

Deval Patrick has proposed that the state work with non-profits and lenders to quickly resell foreclosed homes in cities before the neighborhood deteriorates.

World’s First Carbon-Neutral City in United Arab Emirates

It comes as no surprise that Masdar will lead the way in zero-emissions development, as the country stands to warm by several degrees by 2030. The city will use a multi-layered planning approach that includes wind towers and extensive shaded areas.

Black-Out for Climate Change

San Francisco will shut off non-essential lighting for one hour this weekend to demonstrate how simple it is to take action against global warming. And who doesn’t love an excuse for a candlelit dinner?

Wildlife in the City

San Fran has also unveiled groundbreaking legislation for protecting its precious wildlife habitats, with hopes that other cities will follow.

Green Thrives in the ‘Hood

Richmond, California is an example of Thomas Friedman’s vision for restoring jobs and vitality to once-blighted spaces by harnessing the power of green.

Finally, we think you’re beautiful, Philadelphia. We don’t care what that rag Travel & Leisure says, anyways.

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