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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]

A Must-Read: The Updated Urban Bikeway Design Guide

August 30, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Biking, Design, and Urbanism

 

In the year 2000, the District of Columbia had three miles of bike lanes. Today, the district has roughly 80 miles of bike infrastructure, including the first lanes in historically underserved Ward 8. Many other U.S. cities have made similar investments.[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]

Bees as Bellwether: Studying Colony Loss In the United States

Bee Loss and Environmental Risk

If you keep bees, have an interest in bees or have ever heard the often muttered phrase ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ or CCD, you may have heard of Jonathan vanEngelsdorp, research scientist for the University of Maryland and former State Apiarist for Pennsylvania.[read more]

Friday Fun: Cycling Innovations Make Bikeable Cities Worldwide

August 29, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Biking Innovation

Instead of sitting in gridlock on a busy road at 8:30 am, imagine cycling safely in dedicated lanes for a quick, pleasant commute. Many cities around the world are making investments that will give residents a faster, safer cycling experience through innovative infrastructure and urban design.[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]

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]