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Car-Sharing Grows in China as an Alternative to Vehicle Ownership

August 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China Car Sharing

China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars.[read more]

Government Technology Facilitates a 'New City' in Lincoln, Nebraska

August 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

'New City' in Lincoln

With the rise of the technological and digital communication era, city and metropolitan governments are rapidly realizing the great importance of harnessing this scientific know-how in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens.[read more]

Aude, France Creates App to Connect and Inform Youth about their City

August 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Youth Communication in Cities

“Our objective with the Acti City InfoJeunes Connect app consists of responding to their expectations in order to be identified as a source of serious, credible, and referenced information.” It is with these words that Claude Soula, Director of Acti City Youth Information presented this new tool in service of young people.[read more]

Can Personal Rapid Transit Replace 90% of Cars on the Road?

August 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Personal Rapid Transit

Sustainable urban mobility can come from multiple sources. Personal rapid transit (PRT) combines public transport with personalized routing. Though their designs vary, PRT systems generally consist of four- to six-passenger pods that are autonomously controlled while traveling along guide-ways.[read more]

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A Building Made From Cannabis? Yes, Seriously - With Hempcrete

August 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainable housing built with hemp

Ever heard of building with cannabis? Hempcrete is a building material with many interesting properties for those interested in sustainability and construction or renovation. It combines a cannabis (hemp) shiv with a lime matrix to give it high elasticity and vapour permeability to help create a healthy building that actually locks up atmospheric carbon.[read more]

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Map Reveals 39 Cities That Could Heat Themselves Using Rivers or Sea

August 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

London could heat itself from the Thames.

London could heat itself using the River Thames, and Bristol could be warmed by the River Avon in the future, if the potential identified by a new heat map of England is unleashed. It identifies 39 English cities that could take advantage of heat pumps and nearby bodies of water to deliver low carbon heat via district networks.[read more]

What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

August 19, 2014 by Julian Dobson
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Smart Cities and Luddites

There’s nothing like technology to stop people thinking straight. Just as the Daily Mail seems to find a new cure for cancer every few days, so technology-watchers love to predict amazing new futures for cities. The ‘smart city’ epithet is particularly attractive right now.[read more]

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Possibly the World's First Battery-powered Train Is Undergoing Trials

August 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Batteries included

Trials of what is thought to be the UK's – and possibly the world's – first battery-powered train have begun by network operator Network Rail. A battery-powered train would not have to use diesel and could run on non-electrified track.[read more]

Can The City Of Baltimore, Maryland Use Tech Hacks To Solve Community Issues?

August 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltmore Communities and Tech

In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance.[read more]

Madrid, Spain Launches IBM Smarter Cities Project

August 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Spain Smarter Cities

The City of Madrid, Spain has announced the signing of an agreement aimed at improving the lives of its 3 million citizens. This environmental services management project, signed with INSA around IBM’s Smarter Cities technology, is supposed to improve the quality and efficiency of city services.[read more]

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Switching to LED Lighting: the Health, Financial and Environmental Benefits

August 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

They're better for you.

Switching to a LED lighting is happening fast not only because of the savings that can be made and the environmental benefits but because there are now documented improvements on human well-being as a result of this type of lighting.[read more]

Fleeing New York and San Francisco for 'Cleveland'

August 8, 2014 by Jim Russell

Cost of Living and Migration

To set the geography, playwright Tennessee Williams supposedly said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” In a similar vein, I once wrote, “There is Greater Greater New York. And then there is the rest of the United States.”[read more]