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Triumph of the City: Book Report

March 6, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Triumph

In 'Triumph of the City,' renowned economist Edward Glaeser presents a clear case for why our cities and urban spaces are our greatest inventions, how they make us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier, and how we can still yet improve them.[read more]

Metrolinx Takes First Step Towards Rail + Property in Toronto

March 6, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail + Property

I’ve written about the advantages of a "rail + property" model when it comes to public transit. It works quite successfully in other parts of the world, such as in Hong Kong. However, in North America the notion of land value recapture or of transit authorities acting as real estate developers is still very much in its infancy.[read more]

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

March 5, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Street as Places

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested. For most of the last century, we have taken for granted the idea that our streets are primarily zones for cars, parking, and the transporting of goods. This has not been the case, however, throughout most of history.[read more]

Riding São Paulo's New 24-Hour Bus into the Sunrise

Sao Paulo Bus System

For São Paulo Brazil, which is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, making sure that its residents have access to fully reliable transportation options at all hours of the day is a particularly acute issue given the size and population of the city.[read more]

Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Building Future Bike Culture

Over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through bikers at a critical mass event in March 2011. Fortunately, no one died, but the resulting media attention sparked solidarity and the urge to take action.[read more]

Lahore's Roads to Nowhere

Lahore and Transport Infrastructure

Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road safety worse.[read more]

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Creating Community: Review of Last Week's Webinar on Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities

March 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

How can real communities by designed?

The SCC #SustainableChat Webinar: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities held last Wednesday was very successful. Our panel of experts covered the design, economics, sustainability and community related issues of the topic. But the conversation has only just begun....[read more]

Mapping the Way to Safer Urban Mobility

Mobility, Safety, and Mapping

According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed.[read more]

What's Your Complete Neighborhood?

March 2, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Making a Complete Neighborhood

This past Saturday night I was out with a few friends in my neighborhood, the St. Lawrence Market area. And I was very delighted to see just how busy the neighborhood was. Virtually every bar or club we walked by had a line down the street.[read more]

Understanding (and Measuring) Walkability in Cairo

March 2, 2015 by This Big City

Walking Cairo

The Greater Cairo region reflects Egyptian daily life. It is a vivid example of a wide variety of both spatial patterns and socioeconomic conditions. To create more effective and equitable urban strategies that can overcome challenges, we must understand social networks in relation to urban space.[read more]

SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]

City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building

February 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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You wouldn't believe where nature can thrive.

New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.[read more]