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100 Cities Sign UP for Climate Change Adaptation Program

October 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mayors Adapt is the name of this game 

The first pan-European initiative to support cities in leading the way on adaptation to climate change saw 100 cities be recognised at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony in Brussels last week attended by high-level representatives.An Urban Adaptation Support Tool was launched that any city may use.[read more]

Fighting for 'Mini-Hollands' in Outer London: 5 Things We Can Learn From Walthamstow

October 23, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Better Biking in Outer London

Recently, we've been focusing on the fight to ensure London's "Crossrail for Bikes" get built. But these are not the only important plans currently under consideration. Today we hear about Walthamstow's "Mini-Holland" proposals, and what the struggle to get them implemented can teach other campaigners.[read more]

Life as a Lunatic: Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin

October 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farming and Lunacy

Joel Salatin is a holistic farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and an iconic figure in the sustainable food movement. Salatin practices a healing-the-land approach to farming in the face of much criticism from both traditional and sustainable agriculture advocates.[read more]

Speeding in Paradise: Contradictions Abound at Rio de Janeiro's Beachfront

October 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Beachfront Traffic

Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the busy Avenida Vieira Souto before they can settle in on their beach towel.[read more]

Hot Pink Paper Campaign Aims to Make Cities Work for Women and Girls

October 21, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Women and Cities

When considering who represents the marginalized in cities, we are arguably more likely to think of senior citizens, people with disabilities - even cyclists - before women and girls. An organization called Women Transforming Cities is raising awareness of issues for women and girls living in cities.[read more]

New Approach Paves Way to Manage Violence in Cities in the Global South

October 21, 2014 by Environment and Urbanization

Violence in the Global South

The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization, themed around "Conflict and violence in 21st century cities", argues for a more realistic approach to urban violence in the global South. The issue addresses topics including gangs, gender-based violence, and sensationalized reporting.[read more]

How to Restore Walking and Cut Traffic Accidents

October 20, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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The Restoration of Walking

 

The gravest danger to walkers as well as bicyclists and motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, “dangerous driver choices” contributes to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases.[read more]

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Collideoscope: A New Open Data App Aiming to Cut Cycling Accidents

October 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Pin the location of an incident and help prevent others

A new app, called Collideoscope, using open data and crowdsourcing has the ambitious aim of trying to find out why cycle accidents occur so they may be prevented in future.[read more]

Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

October 16, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demographics and Lifespan

When concerned about a contentious issue such as poverty, place comes first. Social scientists show how a neighborhood or a nation-state lags behind other places. Then a researcher might do something like link poor places with a certain race or ethnicity.[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 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]

Line Ramstad's Democracy Through Design

October 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Democracy and Design

“Do no harm.” These are the wise and important words echoed again and again by Line Ramstad, the Norwegian-born designer who since 2009 has lived and worked in a refugee camp in a disputed zone near the border of Thailand and Burma.[read more]