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UK's Most Congested City to Get Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network

September 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Artist impression of part of the scheme

Work should finally be getting underway soon for Bristol's £200 million ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit (BRT) network, following completion of all the relevant planning applications and an announcement of funding from central government. Bristol was named as the "most congested city in England" in the 2012 Congestion Index.[read more]

Do Greener, Healthier Cities Need an 'Elevator Speech'?

September 23, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

The Greener City Pitch

For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences. It’s all about hyper-short attention spans, the 140-character Tweet, and the “elevator speech."[read more]

Transport Sector Climate Action Key to Close the World's Emissions Gap

September 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Emissions Reduction and Transportation

Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.[read more]

Decoding the Place Between Places

September 22, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe
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In-Between Spaces

Many promote urban walkability, but for several years, I have focused on inter-urban, or, even inter-settlement walkability. Strolls through such “places between” not only highlight the virtues of walking itself, but also invoke the universal transitions between distinct locales and the amorphous rural countryside.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

September 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration and Culture and Innovation

While Harlem may have been celebrated in legend and song as the world’s “black mecca,” the Harlem Renaissance had roots and branches extending far beyond Upper Manhattan. It was a state of mind that connected a community of artists all across the country.[read more]

Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil

September 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike Paths for Kids in Brazil

An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private vehicles are now being converted for public use. And among new users are the children of the city.[read more]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]

We Should Look at Urban Nature More Through the Eyes of Children 

September 21, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Kids and Urban Nature

Environmental perception by people is complex and dynamic. Individuals are active agents in their perceptions of nature—not passive receivers of information—while the environment is a global unity on which environmental processes within cities are based.[read more]

KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri

September 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Kansas City

Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead more active and healthier lifestyles.[read more]

Seattle's First Protected Bike Lane Makes a Quick Adjustment [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Seattle Bike Lanes

Seattle recently installed its first protected downtown bike lane on Second Avenue. Shortly after it opened, they quickly discovered that the left green arrow and solid green circle were confusing drivers. So the Seattle Department of Transportation quickly adjusted.[read more]

Discover Paris' Little Belt

September 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Hidden Little Belt

Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.[read more]

The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology

September 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Futurism and Arcology

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.6 billion, with 66% living in cities. How can we accommodate urbanization while avoiding costly urban sprawl that can lead to unequal access to transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions? The efficient, dense, self-contained cities of arcology.[read more]