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Two Cities' Bold Plans to Make Cars Obsolete

Carless Cities and Public Transport

Helsinki and Hamburg are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times boldly states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.” Hamburg, meanwhile, has announced a plan to create and link 27 square miles of green spaces throughout the city.[read more]

A Look at the Positive Legacy of the World Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil

August 1, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

The Legacy of the World Cup

It is not difficult to see the legacy of the World Cup for the city of Porto Alegre. In total, fourteen major transportation public works have been developed in different regions that will dramatically change traffic patterns. Four have already been delivered.[read more]

Detroit After-School Program Teaches Youth Business Of Food

Detroit Food Academy

Food entrepreneurship as an after-school activity? Over the last few years, Detroit Food Academy has been making exactly this a reality for young people in the Motor City. With help from local educators, schools and food businesses, the nonprofit project teaches food preparation and leadership skills.[read more]

New Data from 2050 Global Calculator Indicates Sustainable Transport Critical to Combating Climate Change

Climate Change and Sustainable Transport

Experts predict that a 2 degree Celsius rise in world temperatures could have drastic effects, including grave damage to ecosystems, and extreme weather. Even a 1 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures could lead to dangerous impacts like rising sea levels and the extermination of certain species.[read more]

What Green Roof Incentives and Policies are International Cities Using?

July 31, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Getting a Green Roof Going

The Impact of intense Industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s in Linz, Austria, left the city with little quality green space. Once this became a genuine problem the urban planners started to put together a Green Space Plan approved in 1984.[read more]

Architects & Communalism Can Solve San Francisco's Housing Crisis

July 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Housing

San Francisco is in a housing crisis! The skyrocketing housing market is pushing out the people that make the city a diverse and vibrant place with housing rates rising three times faster than the national average. Within the last two years the rental market has increased by an average of 20%.[read more]

Cable Car System Takes Transport to New Heights in Bolivia

Cable Cars in Bolivia

Residents of the La Paz/El Alto Metropolitan area now have a new option for navigating the region’s mountainous geography. The first line of the Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car) system opened May 30, 2014, and interviews with new riders show overwhelming support for this new transport mode.[read more]

What Will South Africa Look Like by 2030? [VIDEO]

July 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South Africa's Future

Given the past twenty years of democracy, many in South Africa are asking: what will come next? How will the country continue to grow and develop in an inclusive way, especially in the face of large-scale urbanization and the slowing of economic growth?[read more]

Re-Imagining Accra’s "Public Spaces"

July 29, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Accra Public Spaces

Talented architects, designers and public space practitioners, green space enthusiasts, and everyday citizens dream of a greener Accra, one in which city parks, specifically, can become the norm. Like any growing, changing and developing city, Accra is evolving.[read more]

High Tree Canopy Cover Results In Fewer Heat-Related Emergencies

July 29, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Urban Tree Canopy and Health

As an MLA student at the University of Guelph, Drew Graham studied how heat-related emergency calls were distributed throughout a city. What he found was that areas with low tree canopy cover had significantly higher heat related emergencies and deaths.[read more]

A New Vision for Pennsylvania Avenue

July 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

U.S. Capitol and Future Vision

Pennsylvania Avenue has one of the nation’s most famous addresses – The White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It forms a physical and symbolic connection between that address, which represents the president and the executive branch, and the people, represented by the U.S. Capitol building.[read more]

Bridging the Divide Between Vendors and Local Governments for more Inclusive Cities

Local Government and Vendor Relationships

Many cities worldwide are facing a series of challenges around informal economic activity. As they begin to modernize and transform public spaces, street vendors are often left behind or swept away. These efforts endanger not only the people who depend on the informal sector, but the city's economy.[read more]