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The Impression You are Leaving

July 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Impressions

Toronto has gone through a dramatic transformation over the last decade or so. In fact, I recently had a friend say to me: “Brandon, 10 years ago you told me that Toronto was going to be a super cool global city. I didn’t believe you then. But you were right."[read more]

Voices of the City: Fred Hayman

July 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Voices

It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of a Cape Town's inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city. This week, we heard from Fred Hayman, film enthusiast and teacher of Karate, Jujutsu & Bujinkan.[read more]

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Water: Rising Above The Law Of Supply And Demand

July 21, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Water and Supply and Demand

The more people want something, the greater it costs. It applies to everything, from food, to clothing, to real estate and fuel, to top-level positions and even leisure time. It’s the law of supply and demand. It’s a universal rule. Everything is dictated by it; but what about water?[read more]

Microclimatic Improvements for Panepistimiou Street in Athens, Greece

July 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Improvement of the Greek Street

An approval was finally signed regarding the environmental conditions of the Panepistimiou Street’s rehabilitation project in Athens. Other projects were also included in this meeting, such as the extension of the tram network and the regulation of traffic in the center of the city.[read more]

The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

July 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Queen Victoria Markets

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134 year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of people living in or visiting Melbourne, QVM is in no way a pale shadow of the modern supermarket.[read more]

How Toronto Became Cool

July 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cool Toronto

I had a friend ask me on Facebook what it is exactly that I think happened to make Tononto so much cooler. Was it because of one iconic building like Toronto’s new City Hall? Was it because of our recent condo boom? Or was it something else? What changed exactly?[read more]

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: New Mapping Algorithm Poses Problems and Promise for Cities

Travel and Urban Beauty

Yahoo Labs has recently created a mapping algorithm that helps pedestrians find not the shortest route to their destination, but the most attractive one. This is great for visitors who want to spend their time sightseeing in a new city, or for residents who want to explore their surroundings in a new way.[read more]

A Novel Innovation for Rental Bikes in Marseille, France

July 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Rental Biking and Efficiency Communication

How long does it take to go from Marseille’s Old Port to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, the city’s new pride and joy? 5 minutes along the quay, with watch in hand. And from the popular Belle de Mai neighborhood to the Joliette metro station? No more than 8 minutes.[read more]

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]