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Challenges in Managing the Motorized Two-Wheeler Wector in India

Two-Wheelers in India

With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. Two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, and ease of parking in congested conditions.[read more]

Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 by Gerdo Aquino

Public Spaces, Public Art

A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.[read more]

The Bike-Share Report: Connectivity and Bike Lanes Key to Successful Bike-Sharing

Bike Sharing and Best Practices

How important are bike lanes to successful bike-sharing programs? Judging by some bike-share maps, it might be not at all. Surprisingly, very few online maps that show the distribution of bike-share docking stations include bike lane networks.[read more]

In Photos: Walking in Bangalore Reveals the Plight of Pedestrians

Walkability in Bangalore

Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle.[read more]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Excluded Children in Rio

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church, located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The steps were a regular gathering spot for street children, and dozens took refuge there as a place to rest.[read more]

New York City Shifts Away from the Car

April 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Car Culture

Design responses to New York City’s highly tangled and deeply complex infrastructure, both instant and painstaking, were the subject of a conversation between “design patron” Janette Sadik-Kahn and landscape designer Margie Ruddick, ASLA.[read more]

Cities Can Undo Inequality If They Start Planning

April 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Undoing Urban Inequality

If a city has no structure, there will be inequality. Far too often cities in the developing world appear to have been built with a complete and total disregard for organizational structure. These cities have set themselves up for massive social unrest.[read more]

The Intersection of Public Health and Transport in Indian Cities

Transport and Indian Public Health

Typical transport investment and policy proposals in India often consider few factors, some being connectivity with surrounding areas, land use and socioeconomic impacts, available funding, and the level of support from local stakeholders.[read more]

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work [VIDEO]

April 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Public Spaces

More than eight million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes this at all possible? In part, it is the city’s many great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.[read more]

Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]

The Business of Cities

April 17, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Over the past few months on this blog, I’ve started to introduce business terms into the way I describe and talk about cities. I’ve referred to residents and visitors as customers of a city, experiences within a city as products and services, and cities themselves as businesses.[read more]