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David Brooks praises cities, TD Bank builds a net-zero energy branch, and sprawl begets sprawl.

In today’s column, “The Splendor of Cities,” David Brooks follows Rahm Emanuel around Chicago and praises cities for their inherent ability to help people communicate — an attribute especially appealing in an era of “instant global information flows.” The New York Times.

A group of planners, doctors and scientists are calling for better preparedness for the “the looming threat of explosive urban epidemics” — especially in rapidly developing countries. Science and Development Network.

A recent report reveals that green office space is increasingly in demand among commercial tenants, who are looking both to save money and support a corporate culture of sustainability. The Guardian

Treehugger’s Lloyd Alter finds a flaw in TD Bank’s new net-zero energy branch. Treehugger.

A new study in the Journal of the American Planning Association reveals that the land-use decisions behind sprawling subdivisions are contagious — or, as Kaid Benfield puts it, sprawl begets more sprawl. Switchboard/NRDC

Edward Glaeser talks to The Atlantic about his belief that skyscraper living and taller cities are keys to successful cities. The Atlantic

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