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Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

March 5, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Street as Places

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested. For most of the last century, we have taken for granted the idea that our streets are primarily zones for cars, parking, and the transporting of goods. This has not been the case, however, throughout most of history.[read more]

Riding São Paulo's New 24-Hour Bus into the Sunrise

Sao Paulo Bus System

For São Paulo Brazil, which is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, making sure that its residents have access to fully reliable transportation options at all hours of the day is a particularly acute issue given the size and population of the city.[read more]

Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Building Future Bike Culture

Over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through bikers at a critical mass event in March 2011. Fortunately, no one died, but the resulting media attention sparked solidarity and the urge to take action.[read more]

Lahore's Roads to Nowhere

Lahore and Transport Infrastructure

Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road safety worse.[read more]

Understanding (and Measuring) Walkability in Cairo

March 2, 2015 by This Big City

Walking Cairo

The Greater Cairo region reflects Egyptian daily life. It is a vivid example of a wide variety of both spatial patterns and socioeconomic conditions. To create more effective and equitable urban strategies that can overcome challenges, we must understand social networks in relation to urban space.[read more]

SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]

Your Guide to Urban Cycling: A Q&A with Author Yvonne Bambrick

February 26, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Cycling Interview

As cities worldwide grow and evolve, so too is the urban landscape changing for cyclists. While congested and chaotic streets still remain a persistent challenge for some cities, many others have recognized the need for robust cycling infrastructure and are actively supporting cycling culture.[read more]

Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

February 25, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Walkability isn't just about density

A relatively dense neighborhood still needs to facilitate its residents to walk to more than just their neighbors. A mixture of uses that comprise daily destinations need to be within a manageable radius in order to truly reduce net vehicle miles traveled and get people out on the street.[read more]

Public Health and the Road to Safety

February 25, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Traffic Safety Planning

As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 10 percent of the world's road traffic fatalities in 2013.[read more]

Envisioning a New Academic Commons

February 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Academic Commons Design

Hundreds of students marked the kickoff of the fourth annual Vortex competition at the University of Virginia. Students from all disciplines at the School of Architecture gathered for a design workshop to envision a new academic commons along the Ivy Road corridor, an underused entry to the university.[read more]

Overcoming China's Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

February 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China and Barriers to Sustainable Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will.[read more]

Car Sharing, the Next Wave of Innovation for Brazilian Cities

February 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Sharing in Brazil

Mobility is a necessary part of urban life; the challenge is to make it more efficient. Collective transport solutions already exist in many Brazilian cities and are gaining in popularity. But so far, Brazilian cities are only just beginning to explore car share programs as viable alternatives to private car ownership.[read more]