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Vancouver Takes an Icepick to its Heritage Train Station

January 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Heritage vs. Innovation in Vancouver Architecture

For years, there has been a small parking lot next to Vancouver’s Waterfront Station offering spectacular views of the city’s North Shore. While many have argued that a park should be put there to open the area up to the public, it turns out that the city has much grander plans for the site.[read more]

What Excites You About Cities and Transportation?

January 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Transport and the Future

“Climate change is already costly and shaping development,” said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s chief climate representative. “The problem is this poor trade-off has been set-up: we can either have growth, progress, prosperity, or we can halt all our dreams to reduce carbon emissions. It’s not a vote getter.”[read more]

What Naysayers Don't Get About California's High Speed Train

January 22, 2015 by This Big City

Though the construction of the California High Speed Rail System has fended off a number of court challenges, much of the funding for the line’s projected $68 billion budget has yet to be locked down. And there are still a number of technical hurdles looming on the horizon.[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

Three of the World's Best 'Cities for People'

January 12, 2015 by CC Huang
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Cities for People

A new Energy Innovation report, Cities for People in Practice, makes comparisons between three sustainably developed communities that present themselves as successful examples of the “cities for people” approach to urban development.[read more]

My Placemaking Wishes for 2015

January 4, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Placemaking in the Coming Year

I flew and rode trains more than I’ve ever done in my life this year and it was great! I gave my first solo keynote. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at Transportation Camp, DC and festivities surrounding the Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting in a few weeks.[read more]

Why the Public Voice Matters in Urban Mobility Planning: Lessons from Brazil

December 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Mobility Planning in Brazil

Eighty-five percent of Brazilians live, work, and play in cities and urban areas. As such, urban mobility is a fundamental driver of quality of life for the vast majority of the country, enabling access to jobs, healthcare, schools, and other everyday needs.[read more]

Forget the Damned Motor Car

December 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Transportation Choices and Resources

Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, William Shakespeare, Adam Smith, and Abraham Lincoln lived in cities and never drove an automobile. They didn’t need one, or thought to need one. And you wouldn’t need one either if we could arrange our lives such that you can get where you need to go without a car.[read more]

Peru's Climate Leaders Awarded over $11 Million for Low-Carbon Urban Transport

December 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Peru Climate Leadership

Peru was recently awarded €9 million ($11.14 million) for its urban transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) by the German and British NAMA facility. This climate finance award will allow the Peruvian government to leverage $50 million from development aid agencies.[read more]

How Low-Carbon Urban Transport Boosts Social and Economic Development

December 5, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Transport Low-Carbon Boost

The challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas is not a competing goal to cities’ development. By making low-carbon solutions in the transport sector a high priority, cities can become economically attractive, socially inclusive, healthy homes for billions of urban dwellers worldwide.[read more]

8 Standards for Transit Oriented Development

November 13, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is one of those buzzwords (or buzz acronyms?) that gets thrown around a lot in city building and real estate circles. But I suspect that most people don’t exactly know what it takes to design and build successful TOD projects and neighborhoods.[read more]