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Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Casablanca Train Station

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.[read more]

But How Much Waste Does GM Keep Out of Landfills?

October 17, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Landfills and Waste

Last month, we joined sister site Gas 2.0 in congratulating Ford Canada on reaching landfill-free status for all of its operations. That’s a pretty impressive achievement, right – all of the factories in one country sending nothing to landfills?[read more]

Is the Future for London's Cyclists on the River, the Street, or Both?

October 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

London Biking Best Practices

We recently examined some of the most interesting and innovative bicycling infrastructure projects in cities worldwide, but a recent proposal for an eight-mile floating bike path on London’s River Thames might top all of these ideas in originality.[read more]

DC Urban Agriculture Bill Could Encourage Farming With Tax Breaks

October 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

DC Legislation and Urban Agriculture

The urban farming movement finally appears to be coming of age in the nation’s capital. No longer just a novel idea, it’s now on the cusp of receiving institutional support from DC’s city leaders–that is if its backers can get votes to line up in their favor.[read more]

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reducing Urban Vehicle Access

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, Spain.[read more]

A Common Vision: NYC People's Climate March and City Parks

October 15, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Activism and Public Vision

While goals of climate change campaigns such as the recent People's Climate March commonly include calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable sources of energy, the role of parks in the overall environmental health of cities is often overlooked.[read more]

A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About

October 15, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Pedestrian Safety

A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than in natural disasters over the that same period. Another 68,000 walkers on average are injured every year.[read more]

Urban Protected Areas: Important for Urban People, Important for Nature Conservation Globally

October 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Urban Protected Areas

The international conservation movement traditionally has concentrated on protecting things like large, remote areas that have relatively intact natural ecosystems. It has given a lot less attention to urban places and urban people, however.[read more]

Park Director Says Main Source of Brazil's São Francisco River Is Dry

October 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Source Loss

The São Francisco basin covers five states in Brazil and experts say the biodiversity of the region is under threat. The director of the Serra da Canastra National Park, Arthur Luiz Castanheira, said in an interview that the source of the São Francisco River, located in São Roque de Minas, is now dry.[read more]

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

French Ecotourism

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.[read more]

Nonprofit Gets Flashy With Local Food, Employs Disadvantaged

October 14, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food, Local Employment

Sometimes it takes a little flash to make a good idea happen. Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan (GINM) has been taking this approach to heart with their Farm to Freezer program, a job training initiative that flash freezes produce for the benefit of participants and local farms.[read more]

Multi-Modal Cities Are the New Reality

October 14, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Multi-Modal Cities

CityLab published an article last week on multi-modal cities that caught my attention. The premise of the article is that all of this car vs. transit debate is actually missing the bigger picture: our cities are multi-modal and we need to be planning for that.[read more]