University cities thrive on students

If student numbers in cities fall as more young people choose to stay at home while they study, will we really be better off? Or will university cities become ghost towns?

56 Minutes of Richard Florida’s Wisdom

In this engaging and thought-provoking lecture, public intellectual and best-selling author, Richard Florida, explains how creativity is revolutionizing the global economy. Drawing from his research in his popular books The Rise of the Creative Class and, most recently, Who’s Your City? , Florida traces the rise of this new social class and its impact on cities, business, and society at large. Richard Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Copenhagen, a blueprint for sustainable living?

Cycling is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly ways to travel from A to B. Yet it remains dangerous to velo in Manchester. There are numerous good examples of cycling friendly cities Manchester should learn from.

Voila some interesting facts about Copenhagen:

Nearly 40 percent of Copenhagen’s population cycle to work or school.

When it snows, the bike paths get cleared before car lanes.

During the last three years the municipality invested more than 250 million crowns ($49.42 million) in bicycle lanes and installed 200 miles of bicycle lanes to boost safety for cyclists and pedestrians

Find out why it is good to cycle here

City bids for ‘music city’ title

The city of Liverpool, which is already a UNESCO World Heritage City, is bidding to become England’s first UNESCO City of Music.

If successful it will become one of only four other cities with the title – including Glasgow.

A four-month long mapping exercise showing where music is made and played in Liverpool will be put together before the bid is handed in next year.

“Music is in Liverpool’s blood,” a city council spokesman said

Source BBC