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Battle of the Mayors May Decide Devolution of Power to UK Cities

May 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes – against elected mayors

Legislation to allow the devolution of power to cities is strongly expected in the first Queen’s speech of the new UK parliament, but the plans may be derailed by cities' opposition to the idea of elected mayors.[read more]

5 Bikesharing Trends to Watch

May 27, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Bikesharing is trending in cities

Here are five bikesharing trends – both promising and troubling – to watch in 2015. Important issues such as funding and equity are poised to come to the fore this year as the industry continues to grow and evolve and P2P bikesharing reinvents itself.[read more]

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

15 principles of wholeness in urban design

Urban Design and Master-planning defined in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. Finding young, gifted and creative people who are willing to choose urban design as their profession is vitally important to the future well-being of the planet.[read more]

Ten Ways to Improve Bus Transit Use and Experience

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Washington DC's new bus

Last year, buses were used nationwide in the USA for more than 5.35 billion bus trips, ie half of all transit users and thus outdoes all other transit modes combined. But still, bus trips are largely not ideal. So what can be done to rectify this? Here are ten suggestions.[read more]

On the High Line, old and new infrastructure and art designed to decay

May 26, 2015 by Georgia Silvera Seamans

The vegetated trackbeds are the site of Adrian Villar Rojas' The Evolution of God, a land art installation commissioned by the High Line.

Last month we walked the third (and newest) section of the High Line. We each had our favorites. One of us really liked the playground (Pershing Square Beams) and could have crawled, clambered, and popped up into the single "gopher hole" for longer than we had time to spend at the park. Two other fun elements of the new section are the...[read more]

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Revealed: The Top European Countries for Cycling Safety, Advocacy and Popularity

May 26, 2015 by David Thorpe

Peddling their way to the top.

Cycling is on the rise everywhere in cities that are taking seriously the idea that promoting it can reduce congestion, improve air quality and the local economy, and the health of citizens. Last week the European Cyclists Federation ranked EU countries for cycling usage, tourism, road safety, cycling advocacy and market size.[read more]

21 Easy Measures to Promote Pedestrianism and Complete Streets

May 26, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Let's make walking attractive, safe and fun.

21 easy things that should be done in a city to make it truly pedestrian friendly. Many of these items could be implemented quickly, because they are neither expensive, nor rocket science. This is tactical urbanism for 'complete streets' to promote safe walking.[read more]

The Cities Where America's Farm Economy Is Thriving

May 26, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

Big business in the cities too

A ranking of the 124 U.S. metropolitan areas based on short- and long-term job growth in 68 agriculture-related industries, average earnings in these communities, earnings growth, and the share of agribusiness in the local workforce shows which cities are thriving in this sector.[read more]

Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: The Beginning

May 26, 2015 by Kelly Brenner

How to get growing in your back yard: #1

Welcome to a new column, the Diary of an Urban Wild Garden, about a wildlife garden in Seattle, the design, how it’s doing, what I’m currently doing, what I see and more. It’s about time I started this, as the garden is now in its third year. This first post is an overview of what the yard was like in the beginning, and what we’ve done so far.[read more]

Why Architects Must Do More to Improve Housing for the Future City

May 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Young Urbanists of Cape Town

Architecture must move away from the glossy architecture we are fed daily, and grapple with the complex conditions that urban peripheries tend to present because everyone deserves good design. Report of a presentation by Luyanda Mpahlwa, of Design Space Africa and Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank to a group of Young Urbanists,[read more]

3 Ways the “Internet of Moving Things” is Transforming Bus Travel

Cell Phones are Revolutionizing Bus Use

Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities everywhere to make ticket purchasing more convenient and efficient, provide users with information about bus locations, and make city services more responsive to local needs. Welcome to the so-called “Internet of Moving Things”.[read more]

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

May 26, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Reasons to be cheerful – nice city

Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy-making. This year’s World Happiness Report describes what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness.[read more]

Indoor Hydroponic Farming in Cities Means Organic Local Food

Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture

A conference to discuss the potential of indoor farming in cities will see Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows local, premium quality leafy greens inside high-tech greenhouses using hydroponics, talk about “The Local Food Potential of Indoor Farming in Cities”.[read more]

The "Real Question" for Baltimore and the American City

May 25, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Street Party in Baltimore

For a city's future to be bright, the brick and mortar must take the form of quality affordable housing, workplaces where employed people make and create things, and bright centers of the community like schools, rec centers and libraries, not prisons. Every neighborhood must be safe enough that children can play without fear of being gunned down in broad daylight.[read more]

One of LA's Most Troubled Neighborhoods is Getting a Transit-Oriented Development and "Green Streets"

May 25, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Transit-Oriented Development and Green Streets

Fifty years after famously being besieged by devastating, deadly riots that gripped the nation, the long-neglected Watts neighborhood in South Los Angeles is moving forward with an exciting new revitalization partnership that envisions a transformed "Main Street," transit-oriented development, and state-of-the-art "green streets", among other features.[read more]