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5 Tips to Get Your Clubhouse Right

February 22, 2015 by Canin Associates

Neighborhoods, Centers, and Planning

A clubhouse can be a neighborhood focal point and help attract new residents to the area. However, not all amenity centers are actually created equal. From functionality to the need for aesthetic appeal, here are five tips to make your clubhouse shine.[read more]

What Is a Wasteland?

February 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Waste and the Urban Landscape

According to Mariana Mogilevich and Curt Gambetta, Princeton University Mellon Initiative, “the production of waste and the production of space go hand in hand.” As landscape architects, architects, and urban designers remake our cities, waste is created too. Moving this waste shapes our urban landscape.[read more]

Overcoming China's Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

February 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China and Barriers to Sustainable Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will.[read more]

Car Sharing, the Next Wave of Innovation for Brazilian Cities

February 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Sharing in Brazil

Mobility is a necessary part of urban life; the challenge is to make it more efficient. Collective transport solutions already exist in many Brazilian cities and are gaining in popularity. But so far, Brazilian cities are only just beginning to explore car share programs as viable alternatives to private car ownership.[read more]

Want to Conquer a Territory? Install Rail and Buy Property

February 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail Plus Property

The town of Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway connected the area. And traditionally its economy has been closely connected to that rail. The company has predicated its economic success on buying property and importing tourists.[read more]

How Addis Ababa is on the Frontier of Sustainable Transport for African Cities

February 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Addis Ababa and Sustainable Transit

East Africa doesn’t make a lot of headlines for its sustainable transport achievements. That’s changing, as its cities are starting to pioneer innovative new projects to bring urban Africa into the spotlight for sustainable development. But the challenges in the region are many.[read more]

Scenes from Hong Kong's (Empty) Streets

February 18, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Hong Kong Without Confrontation

While yellow traces of the Umbrella Revolution littered the city’s streets, the usually bustling boulevards appeared subdued – empty of all but the most committed protesters, free from the usual traffic that engulfs the streets. Instead, we find barricades dissecting empty streets, views of void of street life.[read more]

'I Want to Ride the Pink Bus': The Problem with Public Transport's Public Image

February 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bus Transport's PR Problem

In many parts of the world, the bus is suffering from a public image crisis. According to a report by the US Federal Transit Administration, many people already look down on public transport in general, and the bus in particular is often seen as slow, inconvenient, and uncomfortable.[read more]

What Do Driverless Cars Mean for Suburban Planning?

February 17, 2015 by David Edmondson

Driverless Cars and the Suburbs

Automated, technologically advanced, self-driving cars are coming, and boosters of drivable suburbia are hoping that the adoption of this mode of transportation will be a potent weapon against mass transit and cities. But what they mean for towns and suburbs isn’t quite so clear.[read more]

Why We Need to Think About Streets When We Design Parks

February 17, 2015 by Jake Tobin Garrett

Streets, Parks, and Design Integration

We should be thinking, especially in small parks, about how streets and sidewalks can complement the park, or how connections feed into the park. Too frequently we focus our attention solely inside the boundaries of the park and forget the network of sidewalks, streets, and laneways that surround it.[read more]

Are Families Choosing Walkable Communities?

February 16, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Families and Walkable Cities

We are well aware of the young professional boom in our largest cities and walkable communities. But are families choosing these communities as well? We looked at the 50 largest cities to see if families are choosing to live in some of our most walkable communities.[read more]

The Two Things India Must Get Right for its Economic Future

February 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Economic Planning

Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the rising energy insecurity and the stress that cities across the country are experiencing. Congestion, urban sprawl, and poor access to reliable energy are daunting challenges to the development of the country.[read more]