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Uber-like Buses That Go Where and When You Want To

November 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation Options

Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off exactly where you chose.[read more]

Denver's 16th Street Mall: Custom Suspended Pavement System Turns 32

November 21, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Denver Public Pavement Design

Denver has long been a place of significance in the American West. Founded as a gold mining town in 1858, the city built a connection to the transcontinental railroad by 1870 and quickly established itself as a key supply hub and large commercial center serving cities both nearby and throughout the region.[read more]

The Hypocrisy of Parking Minimums

November 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Parking and Planning

Parking minimums may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that their impacts are far reaching. They change development patterns, they change project economics, and they send a message about the kind of city you hope to build.[read more]

Nairobi, Kenya Heading Wrong Way to Solve Traffic Congestion

November 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nairobi Traffic Solutions

 

Urban areas often experience a great deal of vehicular congestion, and congestion issues like traffic jams cost us millions of dollars every day through wasted time, environmental pollution, and increased stress. The city of Nairobi is no exception.[read more]

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WEBCAST: Stéphane Dupas on Making European Cities Low Energy

November 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Stéphane Dupas and the IMAGINE brochure

Stéphane Dupas is the project manager for the project “IMAGINE low energy cities”. In this wide-ranging interview, Stéphane talks about the cities that are involved, eight of them from different European countries. One of the key aims of the project is to engage local people, households and businesses in the mission to gain energy security, to aim at 100% locally-generated renewable electricity and implement energy efficiency measures.[read more]

Five Reasons to be Optimistic About Sustainable Urban Mobility

November 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Mobility and the Future

With rapid urban growth come a number of challenges for city leaders, many of them related to increasing motorization and urban sprawl. Too often, cities are trending in the wrong direction. Urban air pollution, for example, contributes to over one million premature deaths each year.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces

November 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore

In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain are not blind to the city’s flaws, but choose to work through changes that come to pass in their neighborhoods.[read more]

Regularization of Land Titles: Who Benefits?

November 17, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Land Titling in Lagos

The Nigerian Land Use Act (1978) encourages land disputes, forced evictions, and insecurity of tenure, which hinders productivity within the housing sector. It states that the Governor of the State owns all land in that State and therefore is responsible for the allocation of land.[read more]

How Suburban Sprawl, Inadequate Transit Worsen Unemployment

November 17, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Sprawl and Hardship

Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find replacement employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car. So says new, meticulously thorough research published by the U.S. Census.[read more]

Brasília, Brazil Now Lets Women Choose Where to Get Off the Bus at Night

November 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil and Women's Safety

When deciding between modes of transport, travelers consider several variables, typically including convenience, cost, time, reliability, and comfort. Another consideration – one which is of particular importance for women – is perceived safety.[read more]

Room and a View: Rutherford Platt's Reclaiming American Cities

November 16, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Urban Reclamation

A city is much more than merely a physical entity. But for our purposes, as park lovers, let’s stay in that place for now: the physical city as the sum of its physical parts. What is the proportion of structures and open space that we seek? How much is for pure utility?[read more]