A Park Underneath New York


Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City.
The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field.
They’re building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It’s a park that can thrive, even in winter.

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The 10 Most Livable Countries in the World


TIME

This post is in partnership with 24/7 Wall Street. The article below was originally published on 247WallSt.com.

Based on the most recent release of the Human Development Index by the United Nations Development Programme, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the most and least livable countries. Data from the Human Development Index is based on three dimensions of human progress — having a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable, and having a good standard of living. According to the index, Norway is the most livable country in the world, while Niger is the least livable.

One factor that influences a country’s development is its income. The U.N. used gross national income in its calculation of the Human Development Index to reflect the standard of living in a country. In the most developed countries, gross income per capita is generally quite high. All of the world’s 10 most livable countries had among…

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Map That Shows Your City’s Talents

World Technology and Energy in 2064

Info about Portugal (my proud country and nation):

Lisbon, Portugal (where I live)
Top Skill Category: Computer
Top Skills:
Database Management and Software
Aviation
Telecommunications Technology
Web Programming
C/C++
Computer network and network administration
Travel
Management and Leadership
Ecology & Environmental Science
Architectural Design

Porto, Portugal
Top Skill Category: Computer
Top Skills:
Lean Manufacturing and Quality Management
C/C++
Architectural Design
Web Programming
Database Management and Software
Microsoft Office and General Business Productivity
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Education and Teaching
Healthcare Management
Algorithm Design

Braga, Portugal
Top Skill Category: Computer
Top Skills:
C/C++
Materials Engineering
Lean Manufacturing and Quality Management
Web Programming
Database Management and Software
Education and Teaching
Microsoft Office and General Business Productivity
Perl/Python/Ruby
Life Sciences
Fashion Clothing

TIME

On Tuesday, LinkedIn published a series of maps that break down which cities are specially skilled in certain areas, based on the skills and locations listed on user profiles.

New York City is filled with finance professionals, for example, while Miami residents are experts in travel; San Francisco is packed with computer whizzes, while Houstonians love oil and gas. Many cities, according to LinkedIn, do in fact fit their stereotypes: others include Nashville and music, or Los Angeles and entertainment.

What’s also interesting is a look at some the cities’ other top skills. Cheyenne, Wyo., for example, is the nation’s least populous state, yet has a significant number of people skilled in emergency response services; Mobile, Ala., is particularly known for worker safety; and residents of Portland, Maine love arts and crafts.

LinkedIn also analyzed Western European cities, yielding a somewhat surprising result that the majority of European cities’ top…

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The Best Cities for Digital Nomads


See also: Guide to the Best Cities for Digital Nomads and Perpetual Travelers

Finding the best city to live in as a digital nomad can take a while. In our globalized world, countries can differ vastly from individual cities with regard to opportunities and level of development. In many countries the cities are entities by themselves contrasting with their host countries. The cities are internationally connected while rural areas are not. Good examples of this are Buenos Aires in contrast to Argentina; Bangkok in contrast to Thailand; or Shanghai in contrast to rural China. Come to think of it, in the western world the same thing occurs as well, for instance, with Paris and France.

For those interested in the location independent lifestyle these cities can be interesting to live in. They can provide best of both worlds. On one hand there is the immersive cultural experience which will enrich your life experiences and will inspire you. Not to mention the good food. On the other hand there is the accessibility to the internet, modern living standards, and the general ease of doing business from that country.

Below is a list of great cities to live as a digital nomad, according to my experience. As a measuring stick I used the same principles as for evaluating countries. These are: quality of living (relative to cost), internet speed and quality, infrastructure and freedom of movement, the visa regime, ease of adapting to the cultural norms, and general attitude of locals to foreigners.

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City Leaders and Tech Entrepreneurship


David Cummings on Startups

Nationwide there’s a real push right now among city leaders to brand their region as a tech entrepreneurship hub. Tech has been hot for several years and every city can point to a local success story within the past 24 months. As tech becomes more pervasive and more industries are affected by it, it only makes sense that cities want to capitalize on it.

Here are a few thoughts on why city leaders are so excited about tech entrepreneurship:

  • Cities are either growing or shrinking, so it makes sense to focus on a growth industry
  • The internet provides for amazing distribution, collaboration, and innovation anywhere, so the need to be in a major hub has been greatly diminished
  • The majority of new jobs created over the next 10 years will come from companies that aren’t in existence today
  • Tech jobs are much higher paying than normal jobs
  • Tech entrepreneurs that…

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The Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors



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CREATIVE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Search engine optimization — SEO — may seem like alchemy to the uninitiated. But there is a science to it. Search engines reward pages with the right combination of ranking factors, or “signals.” SEO is about ensuring your content generates the right type of signals.

seo-table

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Guide to the Best Cities for Digital Nomads and Perpetual Travelers


If you’re lucky enough to be able to work from anywhere for a living (as some ‘digital nomads’ do), taking a break to travel, or engaged in other activities that let you explore new places, then a new website which ranks cities based on their ease of working might be worth your attention.

The site itself is simple enough. It uses an up-voting system (like Hacker News, Product Hunt and others) to rank cities based on votes from visitors to the site.
The list view shows basic details about each location — temperature, internet speed and estimated cost of living — and there’s more information if you click on a particular city.

It will be interesting to see how the rankings change as word of the website gets out and more people from across the world weigh in with votes and opinions. Regardless of the positions, there’s plenty of interesting data for anyone who is considering relocating or traveling across the world — enough to give you a basic idea and motivate further research.
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Smartphone app Human draws maps of urban movement


A New Hype

The creators of activity tracking app Human have visualised the routes taken by its users to create moving maps that show the world’s cities throughout the day:

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LINK!

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