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We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa's Next Transit Challenge

August 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa's Transit Future

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals.[read more]

Urban Design: A New Vision of Yonge Street

August 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Yonge Street Design

 

Back in April I wrote about a competition for young people to reimagine public space in Toronto. It was called NXT City. Well that prize has been awarded and the winner was Richard Valenzona for his vision—called Yonge-Redux—of a new and reimagined Yonge Street.[read more]

The Ranch Mine Does Infill the Right Way in a Historic Phoenix Neighborhood with the LINK House

August 27, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Infill Innovation

“We need to look at infill as a piece of an existing puzzle rather than trying to create your own identity within an existing neighborhood and disregarding what’s around you. A good infill project is one that takes in what’s existing and also adds to it.”[read more]

Lessons from Megijima: What Can the Loss of Culture Teach Us About Urban Nature?

August 27, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Culture and Nature

In terms of physical implementation, we have an endless stream of good knowledge, theory, and practice for building sustainable, nature-inclusive cities; a collection reaching back for well over a century. What’s missing are not methods and knowledge, but a consciousness of our relationship to the environment.[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]

Denver Parks on Parade

August 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Denver Parks

Earlier this month, more than 30 park professionals from the US and Canada were hosted by Denver Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with City Parks Alliance for a tour of their park system. Eighteen cities were represented, including teams from Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.[read more]

Africa and Urbanization: Re-Imagining Africa's Realities

August 25, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Africa and Urbanization

Recently the Daily Maverick has published a number of pieces speaking to some of the consequences of urbanization that often go overlooked by the public. In particular, two articles have risen key insights about service delivery and access in the face of large-scale urbanization.[read more]

8,000 Families in Minas Gerais, Brazil Face Mass Eviction and Displacement

August 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Eviction and Displacement in Brazil

More than 8,000 families will be evicted from their homes without alternative accommodation in the near future. The government of the state of Minas Gerais said that they are planning a “mega-operation” that will dislodge the families of three communities of the Isidoro region in the city of Belo Horizonte.[read more]

Top-10 Large Bikable U.S. Cities Ranked by Walking and Transit

August 23, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Transit and Cities

A multi-modal city is defined by its combination of mass transit, walkable urban places (WalkUP’s), and bike-friendliness. The rankings show the top-10 most bike-friendly cities ranked according to how their percentages of transit users and how walkable they are.[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]

In Photos: Portside, Cape Town's New Tallest Skyscraper

August 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town's New Tower

Check out these photos of Cape Town’s newest skyscraper completed in March 2014: Portside. With 32 floors standing 139 meters tall, it is the city’s largest tower. The objective of joint constructors DHK and Louis Karol Architects was to create an environmentally friendly building.[read more]

Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

August 21, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Housing Affordability and Supply

Among economists, there is a debate about how to address the problem of housing affordability. When the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland casts doubt on the efficacy of increasing supply to address rent inflation, I wonder about the research paper history that lends itself to such conclusions.[read more]