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Conservation & Recreation

Uber-like Buses That Go Where and When You Want To

November 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation Options

Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off exactly where you chose.[read more]

Denver's 16th Street Mall: Custom Suspended Pavement System Turns 32

November 21, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Denver Public Pavement Design

Denver has long been a place of significance in the American West. Founded as a gold mining town in 1858, the city built a connection to the transcontinental railroad by 1870 and quickly established itself as a key supply hub and large commercial center serving cities both nearby and throughout the region.[read more]

Major Revamp Planned for D.C.'s South Mall

November 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

National Mall Revamp


The new master plan for the Smithsonian’s South Mall campus, which runs from the Hirshhorn Museum all the way to the Freer Museum, is a shocker. It obliterates the existing landscape, filled with intimate nooks that invite exploration, in favor of “improved connectivity” and open plazas.[read more]

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Markets

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from bankruptcy.[read more]

The Economics of Place: Michigan as a Beacon in the Placemaking Movement

November 18, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking in Michigan

Ever since the governor’s declaration to put placemaking at the forefront of Michigan’s economic policy, place-led development has cropped up in what some would consider the least likely of places in this midwestern state. Michigan is taking placemaking to heart in an inspiring way.[read more]

On Learning from Urban Immersion

November 17, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Immersion Education

How we experience purchases of coffee and baked goods may sound fairly trivial, and elitist. But, based on my current immersion in the south of France, I have come to think these simple interactions offer valuable lessons for how to live in neighborhoods and cities.[read more]

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces

November 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore

In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain are not blind to the city’s flaws, but choose to work through changes that come to pass in their neighborhoods.[read more]

Brasília, Brazil Now Lets Women Choose Where to Get Off the Bus at Night

November 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil and Women's Safety

When deciding between modes of transport, travelers consider several variables, typically including convenience, cost, time, reliability, and comfort. Another consideration – one which is of particular importance for women – is perceived safety.[read more]

Room and a View: Rutherford Platt's Reclaiming American Cities

November 16, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Urban Reclamation

A city is much more than merely a physical entity. But for our purposes, as park lovers, let’s stay in that place for now: the physical city as the sum of its physical parts. What is the proportion of structures and open space that we seek? How much is for pure utility?[read more]

The Dumpster Dive Cafe:: How One 'Chain' Feeds People with Waste Food

November 16, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Dumpster Diving and Food Waste

The idea of feeding people struggling to make ends meet through a “pay what you can” model isn’t new, but a group of catering professionals and activists in the United Kingdom have taken this model one step further in an attempt to reduce food waste.[read more]

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Pasqual Maragall Uses the Olympics to Transform Barcelona Into a Global City

November 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Barcelona as Global City

Barcelona has become one of the world’s premiere destinations: it is full of life during the day and night, with incredible food, amazing buildings by Antoni Gaudí and Jean Nouvel, great museums with masterpieces by Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, the famous La Rambla street and Boquería Market.[read more]

The Chicago Restaurant that Produces No Waste [VIDEO]

November 15, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Industry Waste Control

I know I’ve said this about other industries, but it is really hard to imagine a zero-waste restaurant. From food trimmings and packaging coming out of the kitchen to the paper napkins that one finds in the front of quick service establishments, a trash can seem critical to running this kind of business.[read more]