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Conservation & Recreation

Riding the New Streetcar

October 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto's New Streetcar

 

Recently I rode Toronto’s new streetcar for the first time on my way home from Chinatown. I had been meaning to do it for weeks now, but this was my first opportunity. The experience was infinitely better than what you get today on our current streetcars.[read more]

Turning Parking Lots into Places for Sustainable City Discovery

October 30, 2014 by This Big City

Parking Lots and Discovery

I propose that parking lots around the city reserve just two spaces — one from hundreds of spaces in most lots — that will be transformed into an inviting and safe area for parking lot users to connect with other transit systems and find information about nearby places and services.[read more]

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, France

October 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Transportation Compared

The creation of the Paris, Lyon, and Marseille metropolises is at the center of the current territorial reform. While the transformation of their institutional organizations was subject to a sudden acceleration, the construction of an idea, and then a metropolitan project reveals ancient and complex dynamics.[read more]

Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don't Waste What You Don't Have

October 29, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Water Use and Waste Prevention

I’m still thinking about my 4 Liters Challenge from a few weeks ago – it’s amazing how much we take a resource like water for granted! While a number of things I learned stand out, I constantly come back to turning on the water without even thinking about it – I had to catch myself a number of times.[read more]

Klyde Warren Park Wins Open Space Award

October 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Winning Dallas Park

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas won the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Open Space Award, which recognizes “public spaces that have socially and economically enriched and revitalized their communities.” Completed in 2012, the 5-acre park is a green roof, decking over the sunken Woodall Rogers Freeway.[read more]

Halifax Turns its Library into the City's Living Room

October 28, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Libraries and Public Placemaking

As libraries struggle to stay relevant against the instant allure of e-readers, Google, Netflix and online music streaming, Halifax is taking a big step in making them cool again. The city is currently transforming its Halifax Central Public Library into a community hub for the digital age.[read more]

Comparing Taxis to Ride Sharing Services

October 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Taxis and Ride Sharing Side-by-Side

I recently woke up to a post from venture capitalist Fred Wilson talking about the cost of loyalty when it comes to local transportation markets. It was a cost comparison between regular city taxis and ride sharing services such as a UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.[read more]

Without More Than a Vision, the People Perish

October 27, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Urban Vision and Future Planning

Setting visions for cities can be challenging. The Welsh Government has risen to that challenge with its regeneration program. Here’s its vision statement: "Everybody in Wales should live in well-connected vibrant, viable and sustainable communities with a strong local economy and good quality of life."[read more]

How Ciclovías Contribute to Mobility and Quality of Life in Latin America and in Cities Worldwide

October 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mobility in Latin America

Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and damage quality of life, Latin American cities have responded to this difficult challenge with a variety of creative, low cost, and high impact solutions. Some of these initiatives have set an example for the rest of the world.[read more]

Leveraging the Value of Heritage in Malaysia through Placemaking

October 27, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Malaysia History and Placemaking

Think City, an urban regeneration group based in Georgetown, Penang, is making big waves in the Placemaking world. Founded in 2009, Think City has been helping Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserve its cultural history while also creating an economically and socially vibrant city.[read more]

Golden Gate Bridge Sidewalk Toll is just the Latest in a String of Bad Ideas

October 26, 2014 by David Edmondson

Like many bad notions, the idea of charging a toll on bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the Golden Gate Bridge has risen from its apparent grave. As it has before, the proposal has raised the ire of bike coalitions on both sides of the bridge, not to mention smart growth organizations in San Francisco.[read more]

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco's Homeless 'Epidemic?'

October 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Homeless

People step over the homeless wearing shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved.[read more]