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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]


21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]


India's 2014 Budget Promises Cash for 100 Smart Cities, Metros & Much More

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a target of Rs.70,600 million to help create 100 smart cities, and a comprehensive set of measures intended to pave the way for new metro systems, cycling and bus schemes, roads, solar power and cleaning up the polluted river Ganges.[read more]

To Maracanã and Beyond: World Cup Brings Sustainable Transport Benefits to Brazil

World Cup and Sustainable Transport


World Cup fans may be focused on the games, but critics are paying attention to another aspect of the event—its price tag. Brazil spent billions of dollars on World Cup infrastructure, and many are understandably questioning the long-term benefits these investments will bring to local communities.[read more]

The Development and Use of Nairobi's Urban Commuter Rail

Nairobi's Urban Commuter Rail

One of the most interesting recent developments in Kenya is the budgetary allocation by the Kenyan Government for an urban commuter railway. This came under the drive to improve productivity and competitiveness through investment in modern transport and logistic networks.[read more]

Beyond Move in Mexico City: Integrating Sustainable Mobility into the Everyday

Mexico City Mobility

This week marks the seventh anniversary of the Muévete en bici (Bike Move) program in Mexico City. Every Sunday for the past seven years, the city has closed many of its streets to cars, and opened them up to pedestrians ready to dance, to jog, to bike, and connect to their community in new ways.[read more]

Transport Yourself Through the World of Literature

Reading and Transportation

Whether going to Brazil, the beach, or just the backyard this summer, National Public Radio Books has your reading needs covered with its Book Your Trip series. This special series features book lists organized by mode of transport, because “reading is all about the journey.”[read more]

Urban Trails, Neighborhood Partnerships: DC's Metropolitan Branch Trail

June 27, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Parks and Partnerships

Abandoned rail lines running through city neighborhoods can be the perfect solution for creating a park in a high density city with little other available real estate. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has a 30 year history of providing leadership in the creation of more than 20,000 miles of new trail across the country.[read more]


Every City Should Have a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan say Europe's City Leaders

June 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

Car share schemes exist in some European cities.

Urban leaders throughout Europe have issued a united call for urban mobility to be tackled holistically, and for every city to create a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in line with pan-European guidelines that it wants the European Commission to draft.[read more]

Is Florida's New Private Train Plan Really So "Triumphant"?

June 24, 2014 by This Big City

Florida's Private Train

As I was scanning my Facebook feed this evening, one headline jumped out at me: “The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail.” Without checking the source, I was sure must be from the folks at The Onion, or perhaps their recent Upworthy-inspired parody site, ClickHole.[read more]

Can Transport and Urban Design "Speak with Each Other"?

June 23, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Design and Transport Communication

The design of our cities affects how we move around, and how we move around affects the design of our cities and ultimately, urban life. One city which has made major strides in getting transport and urban design to “speak with each other” is Toronto.[read more]

What Harry Potter Teaches Us About Integrated Transport

Harry Potter and Transit

In J.K. Rowling’s novel Harry Potter, there comes a time when the reader learns about Apparition – essentially teleportation – where wizards close their eyes, think about where they want to be, and there they are. Once you learn about this method of travel, every other transport mode seems superfluous.[read more]