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The kind of city you want to live in when you're young and have a fast car may be VERY different from the city you want to live in a few decades or even years later. 

Needs change as life goes on, and 8 80 Cities recognizes that.  The gap in the name is deliberate; the group works to create cities and urban spaces that are friendly for people age eight or 80.  The thinking is that a city friendly to those ages is friendly to just about anyone. 

Gil Peñalosa founded 8 80 Cities and plans to visit Medford next week (December 11). 

"If you build it, they will come."  A great line for a movie ("Field of Dreams"), but not necessarily a good principle in urban planning.  Witness the constant building of roads and other infrastructure in American towns, and how they don't necessarily make those towns better places to live. 

Chuck Marohn, civil engineer and city planner, started and runs a nonprofit called Strong Towns, advocating for the building and nurturing of resilient communities.  He lays out the case in his book Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity

Columbia University Press

If you're thinking that the key to humans living sustainably lies in the countryside, you're looking in the wrong direction. 

Cities are where most of the people live, and they will have to pave the way (no pun intended) in demonstrating that people can live in harmony with the planet, putting back what we take from it. 

That's the view of Steven Cohen, who runs the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  He fleshes his argument out in The Sustainable City, a glimpse of the urban systems of the future. 

Shasta Community Access Channel

22 California communities are semi-finalists in the effort to have parts of town identified as "cultural districts."

Redding is one of them.  A cultural district is an area with a high concentration of cultural resources, and Redding identified several chunks of town on both sides of the river as such a district. 

Reps from the California Arts Council visited town in early June, and a few steps remain before a decision is made. 

Animals Around Us: "The Urban Bestiary"

Sep 17, 2013
Hachette Book Group

People who live on the edges of cities and in the suburbs are constantly surprised by the activities of the wild animals who live nearby.  And they (the people) are constantly reminded that it is we, the humans, who built houses in the habitats of the wild creatures.