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10 sustainable cities on the rise

10 sustainable cities on the rise

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Tired of hearing about the usual suspects when it comes to sustainable cities? Here's a list of 10 unsuspecting cities with a bright sustainable future.

Over at Triple Pundit, Leon Kaye has a good list of 10 cities with a bright sustainable future. What's nice, the list is void of the usual suspects (Portland, Copenhagen, San Francisco, etc.) and focuses on cities you might want to pay close attention to in 2012.

Here's the list:

Accra, Ghana
Adelaide, Australia
Belgrade, Serbia
Brasília, Brazil
Detroit, Michigan
Doha, Qatar
Mexico City
Naples, Italy
San Jose, California
Seoul, Korea

Detroit is definitely the most intriguing, if not the most surprising, of the bunch. Because despite bad news this year, with huge population declines and the decision against light rail (among others), young professionals and businesses are moving to and investing in the city. A revival is on the way, Kaye says:

Never mind an overwhelmed local government, ignored buildings and automakers who are just now recovering from the crisis of a few years ago: Detroit’s contraction means the city’s citizens are already in the middle of redefining the urban and rural. Watch for urban farming, social enterprise and the creative arts to thrive.

Get more of Kaye's analysis here.

Are there other sustainable cities on the rise that we should keep an eye on? Let us know in the comments below.

"The 10 Emerging Sustainable Cities to Watch in 2012" [Triple Pundit]

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Tyler Falk

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Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure