A beautiful linear park through poor neighborhoods boosts health equity

Suanne H. Crowhurst Lennard Parque Oriental, a linear park currently in construction, is becoming a major contribution to health equity. Stretching 2.5 miles along a steep valley whose stream runs into the Douro River it borders some of the poorest neighborhoods in Porto, Portugal, and connects the neighborhoods with the business district along the river.  … Read more

Porto: Reinvention of old slaughterhouse as center of neighborhood social life, culture and innovation

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard The Matadouro, Porto’s nineteenth century slaughterhouse, abandoned for 40 years, lies between the inner ring road east of the city and one of the poorest neighborhoods, Campanhã. It is a very large site, comprising 29,000 square meters, and encompassing 15 interconnected industrial buildings in the classical style. The Matadouro has been … Read more

Reclaiming Porto’s historic buildings for social housing

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard “I cannot conceive of managing a city that is prosperous, but only for some. I pledged that I would govern in an inclusive manner.” Mayor Rui Moreira Since his election in 2013 Mayor Rui Moreira has enacted numerous major programs to achieve health and inclusivity for all Porto citizens. This article … Read more

Tübingen’s Loretto and the French Quarter: the original “City of Short Distances”

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard One of the best mixed-use new urban neighborhoods ever built, Tübingen’s French Quarter and Loretto (often referred to simply as the French Quarter), is hardly known outside Germany. While Freiburg’s Vauban and Rieselfeld have received praise in the English speaking planning literature, almost nothing has been published about the French Quarter, … Read more

Solving Homelessness: Montréal’s model program

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard The best model IMCL has found for coping with homelessness is that enacted by Mayor Valérie Plante and the City of Montréal. Homelessness is escalating in many cities, and it is urgent that we all learn from the best models available.   Not only does Montréal address the core issues of … Read more

Design Awards Competition: Designing A Healthy City for ALL

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018  Urban designers, landscape architects, architects, planners, developers, cities and others are invited to enter one or more projects. Projects that emphasize Health, Equity, Community, and Sustainability are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration. The jury is particularly interested in designs for: Regenerating poor neighborhoods and preventing displacement Housing the homeless Protecting neighborhood … Read more

Call for Papers: A Healthy City for ALL

The 56thIMCL Conference on “A Healthy City for ALL” will take place at the Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR, June 17-21, 2019. If you wish to give a presentation, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before October 15, 2018.  Please submit online here.  Topics include: The Healthy City **  The City for ALL  ** Healthy Transportation Planning **  Public Health and … Read more

A Healthy City for ALL – this is what people want – and need!

A Healthy City for ALL That’s what the 56thIMCL Conference in Portland, Oregon, June 17-21, 2019 is calling for!  We rejoice that many cities now are becoming more healthy, by making great improvements in walkability, bikeability, public transit, and access to community, nature and healthy food. We will hear from some of the best models … Read more

55th Conference in Ottawa eConference

Did you miss the conference in Ottawa but wish you could still read the papers and view the slideshows? Perhaps you attended the conference but didn't get a chance to see all the presentations and wish you could fill in the gaps. In either case, the eConference is your ticket! Who is the eConference for? … Read more