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Toward Multimodal Transport: Learning from Ottawa’s Suburban Biking Culture

July 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Suburban Bike Culture

Conversations about bike commuting focus mainly on the traditional territories of city downtowns and the urban core. But metropolises like Ottawa usually consist of many far-flung, suburban subdivisions. Leaving suburbs out of the biking conversation risks turning biking into a privilege of the few.[read more]

Top 10 U.S. Cities with Over 4% Bike Commuter Rates

July 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Cities and Bike Commutes

What are the top 10 cities in the U.S. with over 115,000 residents where over 4% of the population is using bicycles as the primary mode of commuting? And what makes these cities so special?[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

July 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

DC and Transit Development

As one of the country’s oldest cities Washington has a lot to see and a lot one can miss. Amidst the migrating swarms of people milling around for the 4th of July festivities, D.C. provided me with quality dining, museums, monuments and transit oriented development complete with dash of adaptive reuse.[read more]

Cycling Gets 'Chic' for Everyone

July 16, 2014 by Jillian Glover
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Biking and Popularity

Chris Bruntlett is not your typical cyclist. For him, riding a bike is more than just a mode of transport, it is an enjoyable, healthy way of living for his entire family. In fact, he’d rather you not refer to him as a cyclist at all. "I am no more an avid cyclist than I am an avid walker or avid eater," he says.[read more]

Detroit Program Turns Underutilized Spaces Into Incubation Kitchens

Detroit Spaces and the Food Business

Finding a place to prepare one’s product is a challenge faced by many food startups. In Motor City, a nonprofit program called Detroit Kitchen Connect is solving that problem by linking up local food businesses with underutilized neighborhood kitchen spaces.[read more]

Meet the Original 'High Line'

July 15, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

High Line Park Innovation

New York’s City’s hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn’t the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park. Today, as we mark the national holiday of France, let’s also pay tribute to the elevated park in Paris that was the model for the High Line.[read more]

The Ephemeral Village 2014: A Visionary Event in Montreal, Canada

July 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Temporary Placemaking

For the second year in a row, the Quebec Urban Design Association (ADUQ) has initiated a call for proposals in order to build an Ephemeral Village 2014. ADUQ’s goal is to transform underused places and turn them into gathering spots, places for experimenting with Montreal’s best: its creativity.[read more]

Baltimore's Recreation and Parks Department Boosts Urban Farming With City Farms

Baltimore City Farmsing

Urban gardening is a long-time tradition in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, according to the new City Farms Coordinator Harold McCray. “Its original purpose was in response to urban hunger and malnutrition—that was its root,” McCray says.[read more]

Scaling Up Sustainability: 'Raahgiri Day' Comes to New Delhi

Sustainability and Scale

 

Raahgiri Day, the weekly event that closes city streets to cars, has expanded beyond Gurgaon, India. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) together with the New Delhi Police Department decided to stage the first Raahgiri Day in New Delhi this past weekend.[read more]

The Death of Driving

July 14, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Driving and Change

Last night my father and I were walking to dinner and he commented to me that he thinks my generation will be a lot healthier than his—at least on average—given how much more my generation walks. I responded by reaffirming to him how little I drive these days and how much I enjoy that.[read more]

Communities in the Amazon Use Solar Power to Watch the World Cup

July 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Watching the World Cup Everywhere

Isolated communities in the interior of the Amazon are now able to watch the games of the World Cup, which is something that was unthinkable for decades. The community of the Sobrado in the city of New Airão, is an example.[read more]