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A New Town Square for an Urbanizing Mesa

December 10, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

New Town Square

Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture, West 8 Urban Design + Landscape Architecture, and Weddle Gilmore have won a competition to create Mesa City Center, a civic space destined to accelerate urbanization in Mesa, a city of more than 450,000 in the greater, sprawled-out area surrounding Phoenix, Arizona.[read more]

Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown

December 10, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Main Streets and Downtown Developments

With its unique blend of housing, retail, and civic uses, Main Street has served as the social and commercial hub of communities until World War II. Since then, suburban development favoring shopping malls and single-use zoning have driven resources away from these vital places.[read more]

Hundreds of Cities Poised to Replicate Rio's Approach to Measuring and Reducing Emissions

December 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Emissions Reductions

In 2011, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20% of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: the city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.[read more]

Launch Of First Global Standard To Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cities

Today ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) launched the first widely endorsed standard for cities and urban areas to accurately measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.[read more]

Net-Positive Buildings: Why a Green Building Isn't What You Think It Is

December 8, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Net-Positive Buildings

While I think it’s great that the green agenda is much more front and center these days, we’re not yet on a sustainable path forward. For many, being green means buying a LEED certified home, and having a Tesla in the garage, and having a Nest thermostat on your wall. But they’re not the whole story.[read more]

Verdun's First Microbrewery Reflects Gentrification of Montreal Neighbourhood

December 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal Gentrification

Often thought of as an impoverished working class neighborhood, the borough of Verdun in Montreal has been experiencing a renewal since the early 2000′s. This eclectic area contains ample waterfront property with bike paths, parks and recreational facilities.[read more]

Innovative Gift Ideas for Urban Cyclists

December 7, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Gift Ideas

For many of you, it is time to begin the search for the perfect gift for your friends and family before the holidays. If you have a cyclist on your gift list, these biking innovations could make their urban cycling experience easier, safer, and more fun.[read more]

Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing

December 7, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Car Sharing in Montreal

We estimate that a car in Montreal spends ninety-five percent of its time parked every week. In this context, self-service cars could contribute to reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and their deployment should be encouraged, believe researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique.[read more]

Community Building on the East Side of Downtown

December 7, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto and Community

On a recent evening I went to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. I had actually never been before, but it was something that I had been meaning to check out for a few years now. And it was wonderful. If you’ve never been, I would highly recommend you go.[read more]

How We Allocate Street Space

December 6, 2014 by David Edmondson

Street Space Competition

A painting that has recently been going around the internet for the past week dramatizes the pedestrian view of our streets and how we allocate space. The drawing is by Swedish artist Karl Jilg and was commissioned by the Swedish Road Administration.[read more]

In Photos: Mumbai Celebrates Four Weeks of Equal Streets

December 6, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mumbai Equal Streets

Linking Road is known as one of Mumbai’s busiest streets. On any given day, it is choked with cars, taxis, buses, and rickshaws from every possible direction. In addition, noise pollution emanating from motorized vehicles has made the environment increasingly stressful.[read more]

Active Fiction Project Allows People to 'Choose Your Own Adventure' in Vancouver Neighbourhoods

December 5, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver and Neighborhood Activity Innovation

One of my favorite books was the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, where the author offered several options at key points in the story that would allow you to decide what happened next. If you visit Vancouver’s Main Street area, you can have the same experience while walking through a local neighborhood.[read more]