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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

How Thoughtful Street Design Is Helping Communities and the Economy

March 30, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Street Design and Communit Impact

Earlier this week the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, released a new report analyzing street improvements in 37 neighborhoods across the country and finding that streets re-designed with all users in mind generally delivered positive results.[read more]

Seattle's Emerging EcoDistrict

March 30, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Seattle District Planning

EcoDistrict planning and design can accelerate local efforts to improve sustainability. They offer a framework through which communities can plan initiatives that address climate change by providing clean energy, conserving wildlife habitat, and encouraging low-impact development and also social equity.[read more]

Pricing Congestion to Invest in Sustainable Transport: Lessons from London

London and Sustainable Transport Investment

In 2003, London adopted a program of congestion pricing that now places a roughly $17 (£11.50) daily fee on motor vehicles entering central London. The effort was expected to reduce car traffic, air pollution, and emissions in the area, and has since been lauded as a major success.[read more]

Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015

March 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Resilience in Venice

“Stronger than the storm.” I can’t get this phrase out of my head, nearly one week into my sabbatical move to Venice, Italy. It just so happens that we arrived on a week when the moon and the winds lined up to create 'acqua alta' (high water) for six days in a row.[read more]

10 Places to Learn to Be A Farmer Across the Nation

Places to Learn Farming

The average age of American farmers is 58.3 years, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture. Young farmers are needed, and those who are inexperienced have a variety of farmer training programs (many of them focusing on sustainability) from which to choose.[read more]

The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

Urban Gardens are a Global Movement

According to the US Department of Agriculture, around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Urban agriculture enhances sustainability, secures public space, and provides much needed food security and health benefits for communities. We look at examples from three continents.[read more]

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[read more]

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Nine Lessons from the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia

March 25, 2015 by Florian Lorenz

Fourth World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All" at www.fmb4.org

The World Bicycle Forum (#FMB4) in Medellín, Colombia was recently held. The FMB4 is the world’s largest discursive event on bicycling mobility and urban cycling cultures. Here are nine lessons from this amazing and transformative event.[read more]

Using Urban Observation to 'Ghost-Bust' Places

March 25, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Observation

In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta—the Lake Union Streetcar, the skillet food truck and one building of Amazon’s new headquarters complex under construction. I saw a ghost of a missing building.[read more]

Vancouver's Top Six Public Art Pieces

March 25, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Public Art

Just like Vancouver’s ever-present mountains and ocean, it is easy to take something for granted once it is always there, but these public art installations always catch my attention and stir my emotions in some way. So here is some of Vancouver’s best public art.[read more]