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Triumph of the City: Book Report

March 6, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Triumph

In 'Triumph of the City,' renowned economist Edward Glaeser presents a clear case for why our cities and urban spaces are our greatest inventions, how they make us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier, and how we can still yet improve them.[read more]

Metrolinx Takes First Step Towards Rail + Property in Toronto

March 6, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail + Property

I’ve written about the advantages of a "rail + property" model when it comes to public transit. It works quite successfully in other parts of the world, such as in Hong Kong. However, in North America the notion of land value recapture or of transit authorities acting as real estate developers is still very much in its infancy.[read more]

Using Big Data and Citizen Science to Unravel Bees and the Environment

March 6, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Bees, Research and the Environment

If Josep Perelló is right about discovering the stories behind bees, Barcelona’s high-tech, citizen science-based urban bee project could soon have many interesting threads to follow. By bringing together honeybees, technology, and big data analysis he hopes to uncover bees’ complex and often mysterious behavior.[read more]

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

March 5, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Street as Places

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested. For most of the last century, we have taken for granted the idea that our streets are primarily zones for cars, parking, and the transporting of goods. This has not been the case, however, throughout most of history.[read more]

Riding São Paulo's New 24-Hour Bus into the Sunrise

Sao Paulo Bus System

For São Paulo Brazil, which is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, making sure that its residents have access to fully reliable transportation options at all hours of the day is a particularly acute issue given the size and population of the city.[read more]

Planning for Demographic Change in Atlanta

March 4, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Atlanta population flux infographic

Last year it was reported that of the largest cities Atlanta was one of the worst at attracting young professionals. They also need to work on retaining them.[read more]

Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Building Future Bike Culture

Over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through bikers at a critical mass event in March 2011. Fortunately, no one died, but the resulting media attention sparked solidarity and the urge to take action.[read more]

Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne's BioBlitz

March 4, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world. They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others.[read more]

Lahore's Roads to Nowhere

Lahore and Transport Infrastructure

Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road safety worse.[read more]

Where the Jobs are Being Created in Cities

March 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Job Creation

According to a new report released by City Observatory, US cities have officially reversed a 50-year trend towards decentralization. In some ways, it just makes intuitive sense. People started returning to cities and so the jobs followed (although there were also structural changes to the economy).[read more]

Job Growth Now Faster in City Centers, Shrinking in Suburbs

March 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Jobs

Job growth is now faster in city centers than outlying suburban areas, according to a new report from City Observatory. According to their analysis, from 2002 to 2007, “job decentralization” — that is, the growth of jobs in suburbs — was in full force, but now that trend has been reversed.[read more]

Mapping the Way to Safer Urban Mobility

Mobility, Safety, and Mapping

According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed.[read more]