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An Escalator to Opportunity

April 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Escalator to Opportunity

Colombia’s decades of civil war displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Fleeing the countryside, they arrived in cities like Medellin. Until drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed in 1993, Communa Trece, a community on a steep slope near Medellin, faced incredible violence.[read more]

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Politicians & Public Transport in India: The Need to Look Beyond Inaugurations & Celebrations

April 25, 2014 by Pratik Dave

India Politics and Transportation

India, celebrating 67 years of Independence and holding its 16th National Elections, is the largest democracy in the world. Lots of promises are made by all political parties and their representatives, who introduce themselves as the ‘common man’ or a ‘public servant,’ but are still politicians.[read more]

Creating Active Cities and Healthy Citizens through Innovative Urban Design

Active Cities and Healthy Citizens

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, killing as many as 17 million people each year. Sedentary, inactive lifestyles are a major contributor to this rise in cardiovascular disease. Lack of physical activity mark the lives of an increasingly large number of people around the world.[read more]

Challenges in Managing the Motorized Two-Wheeler Wector in India

Two-Wheelers in India

With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. Two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, and ease of parking in congested conditions.[read more]

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Swarms of Sustainable Apps Will Turn Cities into 'Smart Hives'

April 24, 2014 by Warren Karlenzig

Apps Help People Collaborate

We humans are increasingly using rich digital maps and pricing information for sharing rental rooms, office space, cars, bikes, food, and energy use, using apps to collaborate like bees in a hive. Our pollen dance will be our testimonials, usage patterns, geo-location, and referrals.[read more]

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The Six Types of Challenges That Face European Cities

April 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Mayors Challenge finalists

Six themes emerge from the ideas that have been chosen as finalists in the Mayors Challenge competition run by Bloomberg Philanthropies that give an insight into the preoccupations of European public administrations.[read more]

How Can Cities Improve Their Resilience?

April 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Resilience

“Urban resilience can be defined as the capacity of the system of cities to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what acute shocks occur,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.[read more]

The Bike-Share Report: Connectivity and Bike Lanes Key to Successful Bike-Sharing

Bike Sharing and Best Practices

How important are bike lanes to successful bike-sharing programs? Judging by some bike-share maps, it might be not at all. Surprisingly, very few online maps that show the distribution of bike-share docking stations include bike lane networks.[read more]

In Photos: Walking in Bangalore Reveals the Plight of Pedestrians

Walkability in Bangalore

Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle.[read more]

Can South Africa's Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

April 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South African Smart Cities

Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities and urban centers are expanding at an unprecedented rate.[read more]

New York City Shifts Away from the Car

April 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Car Culture

Design responses to New York City’s highly tangled and deeply complex infrastructure, both instant and painstaking, were the subject of a conversation between “design patron” Janette Sadik-Kahn and landscape designer Margie Ruddick, ASLA.[read more]

Red Light Cameras are Good Policy Gone Wrong

April 22, 2014 by David Edmondson

Red light cameras have been deployed around the country to great effect, reducing crashes dramatically in New York City and Washington, DC. Given these successes in the East, it was natural for San Rafael to go ahead and give them a try.[read more]