Your monthly roundup of news, tools, and events from the world of 8 80 Cities.
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Great Public Space: More than just Good Design

Whether we like to admit it or not, the truth is that design can’t solve all of our problems. This is especially true when thinking about the impact out-of-town architects can have in neighbourhood parks.  Kounkuey Design Initiative sees the problem with just parachuting architects into a neighbourhood park and expecting them to fix everything… it just doesn’t work.  Linda Poon, from City Lab, explores the different approach Kounkuey Design Initiative takes and how this can make a difference for the success of small parks.

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The Japanese Practice of ‘Forest Bathing’ is Scientifically Proven to be Good for You

Did you know that ‘forest bathing’ – basically being in the presence of trees -  became a part of Japan’s national public health program more than 30 years ago? Want to know why? Read Ephrat Livini’s article to find out!

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CicLAvia Opens Streets and Minds to Transit 

CicLAvia and public transit are a perfect pairing! Not convinced? Well you will be after reading this article by Brett Thomas! Trust us! 

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St. Paul: Picture Perfect and People Centric
Find out how the mayor of St. Paul is utilizing the 8 80 Principle to make St Paul a great city to live, work and play. Bonus: this Communication Services video makes St. Paul look stunning!
$5,000 up for Grabs!!!
Are you between the ages of 19 and 35? Do you love your city? Do you have an amazing idea of how to transform your city?
If you answered “yes!!” to all three questions then think about applying for the Emerging City Champions Fellowship! 

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Bike Lanes, On Street Parking and Businesses... The Lowdown

Want to keep up-to-date with the latest news about the impact of cyclists on retail activity? Well, you’re in luck – Tree Hugger breaks down relevant studies into quick, easy-to-read articles! Their latest article, by Lloyd Alter, addresses one of Toronto’s fastest changing neighborhoods – Parkdale! 

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The Modest But Magical ‘Missing Middle’

‘Missing Middle’. You’ve likely heard this catchy phrase being used to describe a solution to the housing crisis in many cities. Through Robert Steuteville’s article, you can now find out where the term came from, why it’s so important, and how it can be used to change the housing market in your city!

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Walk Stretch or Dance? Dancing may be the Best for the Brain!

Walk, Stretch, or Dance? Dancing may be the Best for the Brain!
Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help protect our brains from ageing? Gretchen Reynolds, from the New York Times, thinks so! Boogey on (and don’t worry if you have two left feet!). 

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