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What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities

September 27, 2014 by This Big City

Burning Man and Cities

Recently 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city. Within a few weeks, there will be no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash will be gone. As a first time visitor, I initially found Burning Man to be like the SimCity of social experimentation.[read more]

Bicycle Use in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France: A Precarious Future?

September 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike Use in Tououse

Is the number of people who use the bicycle as a form of transportation becoming larger and larger in the Toulouse metropolitan area? It would appear so based on reading the figures gathered and published by two local bike advocacy groups.[read more]

In Photos: Bolivia's Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist

September 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bolivia Urban Walkability

On the first Sunday in September, 2014, cities across Bolivia closed their roads for the fourth annual “Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist in Defense of Mother Earth.” The event, often referred to simply as the “Day of the Pedestrian,” is an expanded version of the ciclovías held in many cities.[read more]

Riding an Escalator for the First Time

September 26, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Escalator History

On Wednesday, November 16th, 1898, Harrods department store in London opened up the first escalator — or moving staircase as it was called — in England. The first escalator-like machine in the world had actually been patented many decades before in the US.[read more]

The Portlandia Paradox

September 26, 2014 by Jim Russell

Portlandia and Migration

Claire Cain Miller poked the hornet’s nest of Portlandia boosters with “Will Portland Always Be a Retirement Community for the Young?” in the New York Times Magazine. At issue is Portland, Oregon, as a model of economic development.[read more]

Real Progress on Sustainable Cities and Transport Unveiled at U.N. Climate Summit

September 26, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Climate Summit and Cities

Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit included unprecedented focus on cities and the transport sector at climate change conferences. City leaders committed to new actions to promote sustainable urban development and low carbon transport systems.[read more]

In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life

September 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Roads and Neighborhoods

The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministers came to the agreement this Thursday during their beginning-of-the-school-year meeting. And so in Brussels, a page turns for this badly-aged, forty year-old work of art.[read more]

Dimensioning Pedestrian Happiness

September 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Designing for Pedestrians

The area that stretches between the property line on one side of a street and the property line on the other side of a street is called a public right-of-way here in Toronto. It may actually be called something entirely different in other cities and countries.[read more]

Pressure Builds on World Leaders to Act on Climate Change

September 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

People's Climate March and Political Pressure

In the wake of the world’s largest global protest on climate change — with some 300,000 people marching in New York City, 120 world leaders met at the United Nations in an effort to build political momentum for a legally-binding global agreement on climate change next year in Paris.[read more]

What India's New Road Safety Bill Means for Cities and Citizens

September 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Road Safety Bill

Road safety issues have reached a pinnacle in Indian cities. In 2013, 140,000 people died in traffic crashes, and many more were severely injured. These premature deaths and debilitating injuries put an intense burden not just on families and communities, but also on the workforce and the economy.[read more]

The Economy of Food

September 24, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Food Economics

Tanzania grows great coffee. At Starbucks at Schiphol airport, we saw big posters advertising Tanzanian coffee. But when we were waiting at the airport in Mwanza, Tanzania’s second most populous city, the only coffee we could get was a local instant blend like the kind served up in hospitals in the 1970s.[read more]

How Cities can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health

September 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Savings and Benefits

No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2% of global land area.[read more]