Connecting American cities with a high-speed rail network is a hot topic amongst transportation engineers right now. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing connectivity is crucial to a healthy national outlook. Another high-speed rail project, Brightline, is working on a Miami-Orlando...
Instagram and selfie-culture dictate today's trends, so much so that only the most photogenic can survive. With that said, we want our local bakeries and cupcakeries to hop on this fun new trend; cactus cakes. The only thing more popular...
This video and project is an effort by Improv Everywhere (Facebook | Website) a group that Two runners would enter an elevator with an unsuspecting bystander, dressed in marathon gear. When the elevator doors opened at the bottom floor, the...
The Fisher Beacon Project is an effort being spearheaded by MKR City, a group that connects makers and creatives in Detroit, that has resulted in the creation of a pop-up halfpipe in the Fisher Building in Detroit. The Fisher Halfpipe is bringing...
In November 2016, we wrote a Bring to Orlando column about the Repair Cafe phenomenon popping up around the world, HERE, and now one is coming to the Winter Park Public Library (Website). A Repair Cafe is a pop-up event...
A new website in Philadelphia has been launched to combat a rampant litter problem. Not In Philly (Website) is a variation on adopt-a-block programs where residents and businesses can lay claim to certain areas of a town, usually highly-trafficked streets,...
PHOTO BY ILVY NJIOKIKTJIEN VIA WIKICOMMONS A Repair Cafe is a pop-up event where people bring broken items to be repaired by other local residents. Tools are on-hand for quick on-site problem fixing in order to divert waste from the...
IMAGE VIA FOOD FOR ALL WEBSITE Food for All (Website) is an organization that is currently raising money via Kickstarter  to launch a new app to reduce food waste. Their model is based on identifying restaurants that have dishes still left...
A small business incubator program in Oakland has taken an innovative approach of promoting not just one pop-up business, but doing it street-by-street instead. By creating pockets of pop-up retail Oakland's PopupHood (Website) is promoting larger destinations with the...
Gainesville, Florida's city manager, Anthoy Lyons, is trying to apply human-centered design to his city, based on user experience. They will be transforming an empty storefront in downtown Gainesville into a pop-up City Hall where residents can share ideas and...
A ten-day art project culminating in dozens of new murals in St. Petersburg has just come to a close, so we made a pilgrimage to the Gulf Coast to get a look at the results late last week. Shine on St...
An initiative in St. Paul, Minnesota is seeking to bring positive community change by applying interdisciplinary placemaking and space activation to private front yards. The project is called the Front Yard Festival (Website). The Front Yard Festival will be held...
There's a new app that's beta testing in San Francisco, New York, and LA right now called Pooper (Website). Pooper lets users call for backup when their dogs (or even cats, as shown in the video) have a poop. They simply snap...
The city of Boulder has received a $200,000 grant from the Knight Cities Challenge, to fund a program that trains homeless residents to make furniture and art from trees that were killed by the invasive emerald ash borer. The program is...
In Baltimore's Inner Harbor, sits a solar powered water wheel that's sole purpose is to remove garbage from the Jones Falls River before it hits the ocean. Mr. Trash Wheel (Website), as the locals call it, lifts trash and debris from...
With Walt Disney World adding a whole Star Wars build-out to their Hollywood Studios park, we think it would be perfect timing to start building a first-person view (FPV) drone racing community in Central Florida. It would be the...
  New York City is replacing over 7,500 defunct phone booths with LinkNYC "access points". The access points, that are being called Links, will broadcast free Wi-Fi for a 150 foot radius and will feature USB charging outlets, advertising, and...