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Designing Safer Cities for Children

Children and Safety in Urban Spaces

When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety Week focuses on children’s safety. According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 21 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities worldwide were among children under the age of 18.[read more]

The Michael Jackson Impersonator with an Important Lesson in Public Space

May 13, 2015 by This Big City

Doing Michael Jackson in Baltimore

While the main lesson from the recent tragic events in Baltimore is about responsible policing, there’s another. During the community protests after Freddie Gray’s death one man jumped out between police and protestors and launched into a convincing Michael Jackson dance impersonation. This can yield an important lesson in public space.[read more]

Does Knowing Your Neighbours Make You Happier?

May 12, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Knowing Your Neighbors

I am lucky to have good neighbors. If anything were to happen to my family or my home, I know I could ask these people for help and I have in the past. Having that security in my community makes me happy and I am not the only one who feels that way.[read more]

How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 2)

May 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Layering Nature in Seattle

How Seattle has long been an innovator in layering built and natural infrastructure to fully complement each other. Over the past few decades, the city has taken advantage of all that rain so ever-present greenery seems to equal — if not dominate — the roads, bridges, and buildings.[read more]

Making Cities Safer by Design: A Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta

An interview with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta

An interview with Jan Gehl, renowned architect and urban designer, and Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Their conversation explored why growing cities worldwide need to prioritize moving people over cars, and how a safer city for children is ultimately a safer city for all.[read more]

How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 1)

May 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The sensitive integration of nature in Seattle

“Seattle has been about human intervention in the natural landscape, setting heavy engineering in a bucolic setting,” said John Owen, partner with Makers architecture and urban design, during a tour organized by the American Planning Association (APA) for their conference in this northwest city.[read more]

With 4 US Cities Bidding for 2024 Olympics a Look at St. Louis, the First US Host City

Olympics in St. Louis

With pending bids submitted by Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, the 2024 Summer Olympics could return to the United States for the first time in twenty-two years. The United States has hosted the Games more than any other country, a total of eight times.[read more]

What Do Seniors Need in Parks?

May 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Parks and Seniors

The proportion of seniors in the population is growing. The World Health Organization, AARP, and other organizations have called for more age-friendly communities, with parks and open spaces that offer what seniors needs to feel safe. What do they need?[read more]

Public Space Projects Coming to Vancouver this Summer: A Zipline, a Slip n' Slide, and a 'Porch Parade'

May 8, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Space Projects in Vancouver

Metro Vancouver has announced plans for a zipline in Queen Elizabeth Park, a slip n’ slide in North Vancouver, and a ‘Porch Parade’ in Robson Square. So instead of the usual hiking, biking, and beach bumming that Vancouverites enjoy, you can now add sliding, zipping or porch sitting in the city to your agenda.[read more]

Real Estate Heavyweights Propose Tax on Distance Traveled in Montréal

Distance Traveled Taxes in Montréal?

Montréal, Canada’s federal government is counting on imposing a toll to finance a new 5 billion dollar bridge, but Québec’s largest group of real estate owners is warning that the city center risks being “marginalized” to the benefit of the suburbs if the toll is implemented. Instead it is proposing implementation of a “kilometric tax.”[read more]

Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India's Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela

Temporary City in India


In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. From January 14 to March 10, as many as 34 million people are estimated to have passed through the festival, which occupies an area larger than that of Athens, Greece.[read more]

What Does Urbanism Actually Mean? Mike Lydon Explains

Tactical Urbanism is Mike's new book

For all the buzz that tactical urbanism has received in the past several years, there’s still a lack of public consensus about the movement’s exact meaning, impact, and potential for change. Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, Principals of Street Plans Collaborative, take on these questions.[read more]