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Economic Sustainability

How Would You Get Around Your City With No Gasoline?

August 31, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Gas Shortages and Transit Options

The fuel crisis that occurred in the 1970's led to a renaissance for the bicycle. There had been hopes the renaissance would be long-lived, but when the oil started flowing again and the streets filled with cars the bicycle boom was quickly over.[read more]

Public Consultation is Broken

August 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

For new developments, the process works more or less like this: The developer makes an application to the city. The city reviews it and then agrees to move towards a public/community meeting. Once a date is set, notices go out, and the developer secretly hopes that no one will show up.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]

Streetcars are Just a Tool

August 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Streetcars and Cities

Earlier this month the Toronto Star published an article talking about the resurgence of streetcars in American cities. According to the Star, 89 cities in the US are currently implementing or at least considering building some form of surface-rail system.[read more]

São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by Empowering Citizens and Fostering Innovation

August 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Wins the Prize

São Paulo is empowering citizens to create transport solutions by fostering innovation and opening data. The São Paulo department of Transport (SMT) founded the Mobility Laboratory (MobiLab) on the principles of innovation, transparency, and public participation.[read more]

Why San Francisco, New York, and DC May Be more Affordable than You Thought

August 26, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Affordability

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping just how affordable large United States cities are for a range of household types.[read more]

Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation

August 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Mayors and Policy Organization

 

Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil. The question for planners is how to decide which areas are best suited to receive these new ventures.[read more]

What should San Francisco do with the Tenderloin?

August 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Neighborhoods

Recently Priceonomics posted a piece on San Francisco’s 'rent explosion.' In it was an infographic showing the median rental rate for a one bedroom apartment in the city. The most obvious takeaway is that San Francisco is really expensive. Except in the Tenderloin.[read more]

Government Technology Facilitates a 'New City' in Lincoln, Nebraska

August 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

'New City' in Lincoln

With the rise of the technological and digital communication era, city and metropolitan governments are rapidly realizing the great importance of harnessing this scientific know-how in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens.[read more]

Is it Time to Get Rid of Parking Minimums?

August 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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The cost of a parking spot in downtown Toronto has reached as high as $60,000 (per stall) in some new construction projects. If you convert that to a per square foot price (which is typically how people measure condo prices), you’re looking at over $350 per square foot for that parking stall. Is it worth it?[read more]

The Value of Public Art: What's a Bean Worth?

August 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Chicago's Bean

Many of you, I’m sure, have seen this public sculpture before, either in person or somewhere online. It’s called Cloud Gate and it’s by Anish Kapoor — though its nickname has become, quite simply, the bean. It’s been a hugely successful piece of public art, so I asked what people thought the ROI of it might be.[read more]

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Map Reveals 39 Cities That Could Heat Themselves Using Rivers or Sea

August 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

London could heat itself from the Thames.

London could heat itself using the River Thames, and Bristol could be warmed by the River Avon in the future, if the potential identified by a new heat map of England is unleashed. It identifies 39 English cities that could take advantage of heat pumps and nearby bodies of water to deliver low carbon heat via district networks.[read more]