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What Is the True Value of a Vacant or Abandoned Building?

July 24, 2014 by Audrey Henderson
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The Value of Vacant Spaces

Any real estate agent or Realtor can tell you that the three most important factors in determining the potential value of a particular parcel of real estate are, in order: location, location, location. Location can trump other aspects of a structure, including whether it is occupied and its state of (dis)repair.[read more]

America Can Learn from this French City's Complete Streets

July 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

French Complete Streets

Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that takes its complete streets to heart. The roads through the old (and new) city gracefully mix street trams/lightrail with bicycle paths and friendly traffic calmed streets, and pedestrians can move about with relative ease.[read more]

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Ten Ways to Manage Flood Risk by Designing for Exceedance

July 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making space for lots of water

Climate change is bringing extremes of weather, amongst the most damaging of which are extreme downpours of precipitation which overwhelm the ability of urban drainage systems to take the water away, and cause flooding. CIRIA has published a set of design guidelines and best practice recommendations for managing the risks.[read more]

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Açık Veritabanı Kullanımı ve İstanbul Toplu Taşıma Sistemlerine Getireceği Yenilikler

July 21, 2014 by Renée van Staveren

Istanbul, Turkey and Transit

İstanbul (Türkiye), her gün trafiğe eklenen 600 yeni vasıtayla araç kullanımının gitgide çoğaldığı bir şehir. İstanbul’un nüfusu arttıkça ve bireysel araç sahipliği kolaylaştıkça daha fazla sayıda insan bu ulaşım biçimini tercih eder oldu.[read more]

What Does a Sociological Approach to Safe Cities Reveal?: Findings from a National Workshop in India

Sociology and Safe Indian Cities

While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities in India are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women.[read more]

Tehran, the City of River Valleys, Needs a Landscape Ecological Approach to the Design and Planning of Its Waterways

July 18, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Tehran Water Planning

During recent years, the municipality of Tehran began to work on rehabilitation of river valleys. Three projects now are completed or near completion. This great movement can improve and develop the quality and quantity of Tehran environment, which is in a dangerous and catastrophic condition.[read more]

The City of London is Busy Tearing up Bike Lanes in the Barbican Tunnel to Reintroduce a Problem they Recently Fixed

July 18, 2014 by Mark K Ames

London Bike Infrastructure Policy

The City of London are currently busy digging up one of the busiest bike routes in the Square Mile, but not to improve conditions for cyclists. The Beech Street tunnel runs beneath the Barbican estate, connecting Finsbury Square in the east with Smithfield Market in the west.[read more]

Toward Multimodal Transport: Learning from Ottawa’s Suburban Biking Culture

July 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Suburban Bike Culture

Conversations about bike commuting focus mainly on the traditional territories of city downtowns and the urban core. But metropolises like Ottawa usually consist of many far-flung, suburban subdivisions. Leaving suburbs out of the biking conversation risks turning biking into a privilege of the few.[read more]

Top 10 U.S. Cities with Over 4% Bike Commuter Rates

July 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Cities and Bike Commutes

What are the top 10 cities in the U.S. with over 115,000 residents where over 4% of the population is using bicycles as the primary mode of commuting? And what makes these cities so special?[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

Marin Bike Share Attracts Sponsors Without a Station in the Ground

July 12, 2014 by David Edmondson

Marin Bike Share

Marin was pondering a bike share program. Though the initial study (performed by Alta) had some problems with stop location, overall the report was optimistic and the project continued to press forward. As it turns out, at least when it came to sponsorship, they weren’t optimistic enough.[read more]

How 'Zero' Became the Biggest Number in Road Safety

Road Safety and Zero

According to the WHO's Global status report on road safety 2013, only 7% of the world’s population is governed by comprehensive road safety laws. In a world that already sees 1.24 million deaths from traffic crashes each year and increasing motor vehicle usage, this is a frightening prospect.[read more]