Gallery: What is a Sustainable City? Four Influential Green Mayors Disc...

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It’s a question we think about a lot here at Inhabitat: what is a sustainable city? Is it LEED certified buildings? Efficient public transportation? An abundance of green space? This past Friday, we had the pleasure of attending The Sustainable City Mayoral Panel during the Festival of Ideas, where four mayors from forward-thinking cities discussed these very ideas. The cities — Seattle; Philadelphia; Braddock, Pennsylvania; and Medellin, Colombia — could not be more different, but the overriding idea that a sustainable city is a healthy, vibrant city, was unanimously the same. The mayors (and former mayors) were each inspiring in their own way.

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