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Top-10 Large Bikable U.S. Cities Ranked by Walking and Transit

August 23, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Transit and Cities

A multi-modal city is defined by its combination of mass transit, walkable urban places (WalkUP’s), and bike-friendliness. The rankings show the top-10 most bike-friendly cities ranked according to how their percentages of transit users and how walkable they are.[read more]

Natural Architecture, According to Humans

August 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Natural Architecture

Woven branches. Green bamboo, curved while young to harden in place. Hives, nests, rookeries, and domes. These are just some of the natural materials — and forms — featured in the book Natural Architecture Now by Italian landscape architect and writer Francesca Tatarella.[read more]

Quicksand for Baltimore Beach Volleyball at Rash Field

August 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore Beach Volleyball

For 13 years, beach volleyball has become a success in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, drawing young adults for clean, athletic fun in a beautiful setting. But as the city moves ahead with plans to replace the volleyball courts with a parking garage and rooftop lawn, typically unengaged millennials are fighting back.[read more]

Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris?

August 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Scooters in Paris

The Parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged! After the famous Vélib’, self-service bikes, and Autolib’, public electric car sharing service, Scootlib’ is set to be the next to enlarge the ranks of alternatives for getting around the capital.[read more]

The Power of Public Spaces

August 21, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Public Space Power

Recently I’ve been awed by the power of public spaces. Summer in Portland draws everyone out into the public realm. So far this summer I’ve been to two festivals at Pioneer Square, a street festival, a movie at the park, Shakespeare at the park, several picnics and have enjoyed time by myself at different parks.[read more]

Bogotá Builds on its Bike Hire Scheme

August 21, 2014 by This Big City

Bogota Bike Hiring

One month ago, Bogotá launched the second corridor of its new city cycle hire scheme in the northern Parque El Virrey district. Known as Pedalea por Bogotá, the scheme is run by the city’s Institute for Recreation and Sports (IDRD) and began operations in May 2013.[read more]

Making Space for Street Vendors: Towards Equitable Urban Development

August 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Space for Street Vendors

Informal street vendors in cities around the world experience daily challenges to their economic livelihoods. For example, street vendors are perceived to be detrimental to city life, unhygienic, noisy, and to obstruct smooth flow of commuters, pedestrians and traffic.[read more]

The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

This is What 100 Years of Building Bicycle Tracks Gets You: London has a Long Way to Go

August 19, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking in European Cities

In Copenhagen there are bikes of every shape and size, riders of every shape and size and people who are both very young and very old get around on two wheels. Why? It is the most simple and efficient way to get around, and it is subjectively safe enough for a majority of people to ride.[read more]

Toilet-To-Tap In Texas Towns Becomes A Reality

August 18, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier
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Toilet to Tap in Texas

The idea of wastewater to aid in water shortage situations isn’t all that new; treated wastewater is frequently used for industrial and landscaping purposes, and can equate to 2 billion gallons of water saved per year. Over 90% of the treated wastewater in the U.S. isn't recycled, and could be a valued resource.[read more]

People-Oriented Cities: Smarter Driving, Smarter Cities

August 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

People Oriented Cities

Developing countries like Mexico have experienced increased car ownership in recent years, as much as 23% annually since 1995. As these car-owners take more trips, there are more road fatalities, traffic congestion, longer commuting times, and air pollution. Despite the risks, most cities are decidedly car-centric.[read more]

Residents of São Paulo, Paulistanos, Lose One Month Per Year Sitting in Traffic

August 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Traffic and Wasted Time

If you won two weeks vacation every month, what would you do? Time is freedom. To enjoy family, to travel, go to the park, the beach, the movies, all of the activities that enrich our lives. The good news is that our city São Paulo has great weather, but we are stuck in traffic.[read more]