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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]

Challenges and Opportunities in Lagos: Interview with Lookman Oshodi

November 15, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos and Urban Vision

Lookman Oshodi is the Project Director of Arctic Infrastructure, a private organization with a broad focus on infrastructure delivery, urban development and the environment. He has worked in the urban planning field, having created alternative plans and development strategies in low-income communities.[read more]

A Vision for a More Cycling-Friendly London [VIDEO]

November 14, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cycling-Friendly London

As cycling becomes more popular as a mode of transport in London, Peter Murray – chairman of New London Architecture and the London Society - considers how integrated cycle infrastructure can benefit cities everywhere, and how in particular cycling might be better integrated in London’s urban fabric.[read more]

Richmond Reconnects the City to the River

November 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Connection Richmond to the River

The cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon, may not actually seem to have all that much in common, except they both have rivers that cut through them. In the case of Portland, it’s the Willamette River, and in Richmond, it’s the James River.[read more]

From Seat Coverings to Soccer Balls: Southwest Airlines' Massive Upcycling Program

November 14, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling Seats to Soccer Balls

What would you do with 43 acres of used leather? Hard to imagine, isn’t it… the temptation, of course, would be to get rid of it as quickly and easily as possible. But most used leather has a lot of life left in it, so with a little imagination and elbow grease, all of that “waste” could be put to good use.[read more]

Suburbs of Survival

November 13, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Suburbs and Housing

What if you didn’t have a house to live in? What if the only house you could live in at the present moment was not a shack, but had running water and electricity and a loving parent to make sure you wake up every morning even though your routine is currently more flexible?[read more]

8 Standards for Transit Oriented Development

November 13, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is one of those buzzwords (or buzz acronyms?) that gets thrown around a lot in city building and real estate circles. But I suspect that most people don’t exactly know what it takes to design and build successful TOD projects and neighborhoods.[read more]

Why Our City Makes Us Fat and Sick

November 12, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Health

The reality of a Thembisa mother is such: she travels sometimes five hours a day, too and from her job in Brummeria. She spends half her monthly income to pay for this transport. She has to use multiple taxis and trains and walks long distances on foot.[read more]

'Sweet Rebellion': Reclaiming India's Streets with Raahgiri Day

November 12, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Reclamation

Streets in India are famous for being epicenters of life and activity, and equally infamous for being traffic nightmares. Everyone with a desire to be on the streets finds a way to claim their space. Pedestrians play chicken with truck drivers, who dodge SUVs. There is an extreme lack of regulation and control.[read more]

100 Smart Cities in India: Governing for Human Impact

November 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Cities in India

This summer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to build ‘100 smart cities’ across India in an effort to take advantage of the country’s recent urban boom and catalyze investment in Indian cities. His initiative will cost the government 1.15 billion USD for the first year.[read more]

New York's Public Transit Constrained by Debt Service

November 11, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

New York Public Transit

New York City is America’s most transit intensive big city, with nearly six of every ten residents commuting daily by bus or subway. The condition and daily operating efficiency of the transit system is critical to the prosperity of the city. One way to gauge the system is through the eyes of its daily users.[read more]