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  • Homebuilders after the crash

  • Leaving New York

  • Urban farming in Ghana

  • Sprawl and climate change
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Out-of-office is the new office. Can the work-from-home boom last?

The pandemic has shown that many of us can work at home. So employers and real estate experts are asking: post-COVID, how much room does a company really need?

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Irish Times

Homebuilders cite lessons from ‘scary’ crash as they plot future

Eddie Byrne and Michael Hynes may not quite finish each other’s sentences. But they’re not far off. The joint managing partners of residential developer Quintain Ireland need to have a tight rapport as they plan construction across the State’s third-largest private residential landbank – while navigating Covid-19 and an increasingly noisy political backdrop on housing.

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Brookings Institute

Lost art: Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy

The COVID-19 crisis hits hard at arts, culture, and the creative economy. This study estimates the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the creative economy, which is comprised of industries such as film, advertising, and fashion as well as creative occupations such as musicians, artists, performers, and designers. We estimate losses in sales of goods and services, employment, and earnings for creative industries and creative occupations at the national, state, and metropolitan levels over the period of April 1 through July 31, 2020.

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Whole Systems Economic Development: A Regenerative Approach

A Three-Phase Approach to Building Place-Sourced Community Intelligence

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New York Times

‘It’s unsustainable’: Five months into the pandemic, retail chains abandon Manhattan

NEW YORK: For years, Bryant Park Grill & Cafe in midtown Manhattan has been one of the country’s top-grossing restaurants, the star property in Ark Restaurants’ portfolio of 20 restaurants across the United States.

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South Asia Monitor

Democratisation of road spaces: Cycling, pedestrian tracks must be integral to smart-city infrastructure

Changing our transport behaviour is therefore the need of the hour. It becomes imperative that cycling and pedestrian walking is fully integrated with our existing public transport systems, writes Pankaj M Munjal for South Asia Monitor

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It’s Time To Kill The Concept Of A ‘Forever Home’

Long ago, it wasn’t uncommon for homeowners to hang on to their properties for 20 years or longer. They’d scrimp and save, eventually putting 20% down on their dream home, then they’d work to pay off the mortgage so they could live their golden years debt-free.

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The Conversation

Vegetable farmers in urban Ghana don’t worry much about food safety – but they should

The United Nations projects that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Ensuring sustainable food supply in a rapidly growing city becomes a matter of concern. One solution could be to grow food closer to where people live – but rapid urban expansion poses a threat to urban agriculture in most African cities.

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Why Sprawl Could Be The Next Big Climate Change Battle

Lawmakers in California say the state’s pattern of single-family zoning is boosting carbon emissions.

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Remote workers really should consider relocating to college towns

At the start of 2020, the fiscal crisis for US higher education was a fringe issue. Enrollment was already dropping, but the brand-name schools didn’t seem to be affected. The colleges that had to shut their doors were either tiny, little-known liberal arts colleges or for-profit schools that few would miss.

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