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4 Strategies for Retail+Property Development Bringing Sustainable Transit-Oriented Districts to Chinese Cities

Shenzen, China, has been trialing strategies for financing transit infrastructure

China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure. Here are four strategies for Retail + Property development being used to bring sustainable transit-oriented development (TOD) in Chinese cities.[read more]

Harnessing Youth Innovation: Are You Up for The Urban Challenge? Deadline in 4 Days

May 4, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Jakarta Urban Challenge

The Jakarta Urban Challenge, run by Connect4Climate and the New Cities Foundation, allows young innovators to put their creativity into action to truly make a difference in their own city while also potentially having a global impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help curb climate change. Results will be announced at this year's New Cities Summit.[read more]

Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City

Cities and Technological Connections

Different technologies—including mobile phone apps—are enabling strangers to connect with each other in their neighborhoods for this purpose. They are empowering individuals to share knowledge, goods, and services—creating real human interaction in economic exchanges that used to be faceless.[read more]

Minneapolis, Minnesota's Historic Stone Arch Bridge Offers a Story of Revitalization

Revitalizing Urban Landmarks

The Stone Arch Bridge spans 2,100 feet across the width of the Mississippi River and connects the East Bank near the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus to downtown Minneapolis. Completed as a railway bridge in 1883, this structure has remained an iconic beacon of Minneapolis for over a century.[read more]

What Will Driverless Electric Cars Mean for Cities?

April 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless Cars and the Future

Electric and driverless vehicles are a step in the right direction. At some point in the not too distant future we’re going to look back at that time when people used to drive their own cars and wonder how we ever allowed that to happen. But there still remains a question of how best to plan our cities.[read more]

Mexico City's Traffic Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses

Traffic and the Economy in Mexico

In mega-cities like Mexico City, more cars on the road brings greater traffic congestion, pollution and road safety challenges. These problems are well-documented, but new research documents another issue with Mexico City’s car congestion—it creates economic costs to businesses and their employees.[read more]

What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto's Transit-Oriented Development

Toronto and T.O.D.

While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. Thanks to strong leadership and long-term vision, Greater Toronto managed to both build a compact, mixed-use urban hub and expand transit connectivity across the region.[read more]

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Urban Walkability and Innovation

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level.[read more]

Three Mobility Challenges Facing Bogotá

April 22, 2015 by This Big City

Mobility in Bogotá

During a recent visit to Colombia to participate in the World Bike Forum in Medellin, I learned some lessons on mobility in Bogotá, many of which have stayed in my mind. I believe that Bogotá needs to prioritize mobility in the public agenda.[read more]

How Mapping Public Transport Can Help Commuters

April 20, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Mapping Transport

There are more than 600 stops covered by public transport moving in and out of Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa, and these are spread across 60 routes. The GoMetro Map facilitates the accessibility of these routes, allowing commuters to plan and trace their journeys from Bellville to anywhere in the Cape Town area.[read more]

Why Toronto-Waterloo Needs All-Day Two-Way Urban Rail Service

April 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Rail Service

I stumbled upon an interesting article about the need for an all-day two-way rail service between Toronto and Waterloo. Along this corridor sits a technology ecosystem that is second in size only to San Francisco-Silicon Valley and that current connectivity levels represent a missed opportunity of epic proportions.[read more]