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Every Street Can't Be Everything to Everyone

April 16, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto is a city of neighborhoods and small main streets—at least in the areas where our streetcars live. Streets such as King and Queen are only 4 lanes. And the problem we’re facing is that we’re trying to accommodate every single use case on them: cars, on-street parking, cyclists and streetcars.[read more]

Baltimore's Car-Stuffed Waterfront is Poised to Keep Adding More Cars

April 16, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore Car Culture

Fancy office towers, hotels, museums, and tourist attractions line the contours of Baltimore’s Chesapeake Bay harborfront. So too, do massive parking garages and interstate-sized roadways that feed them. What does the future hold? According to a new plan, still more parking.[read more]

A Safe City is a Just City

A Safe City

As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America now sees three times as many deaths from traffic crashes as Europe, the vast majority of which occur in cities. Vulnerable road users like the elderly and cyclists are particularly at risk.[read more]

Shanghai Tower Raises Questions on the Future of Walkability

Shanghai Walkability

Shanghai Tower, designed by the transnational architecture design tycoon Gensler, will quite soon become the third tallest building in the world, likely this year. Once complete, it will proudly join Shanghai’s already very famous and highly crowded skyline[read more]

Optical Illusions on Fourth Street

April 12, 2014 by David Edmondson

Optical Illusions

A pet peeve of mine for years has been Fourth Street through West End in San Rafael. The neighborhood has struggled for years under the shadow of downtown, hidden just over a short hill, and street width is part of the reason I rarely spend time there. It just doesn’t feel cozy like downtown.[read more]

As Europe's Traffic Fatalities Drop, Brazil's Soar

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Traffic safety improvements in Europe are being hailed as one of the greatest advances for the region in the past decade. Europe should be proud of its success: since 2010, there have been 17% fewer deaths on the continent’s roads. This translates into 9,000 lives saved.[read more]

The Multi-Layered City from Harvard Square's Subway Station in Cambridge, MA

April 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Underground

As the crowded subway train approached Harvard Square station, coming from Boston, I felt the sharp turn and heard the squealing and screeching sound of the wheels against the track of the train slowing down. Look out of the window and you will see remnants of the original 1912 station.[read more]

Placebook: Is North Carolina Ready for A Vehicle Mileage Tax?

April 11, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

North Carolina VMT

Yesterday I linked to an article that mentioned that the NC DOT has decided to study the implementation of a Vehicle Mileage Tax. I thought it was an April Fools joke. For those of you out of the loop, this is a tax collected by a meter either placed on your car or along roadways to register how many miles you drive.[read more]

Post-Conflict Reconstruction Is Dead

April 10, 2014 by Mitchell Sutika Sipus

Post-Conflict Rebuilding

 

I have argued that post-conflict reconstruction is a thing of the past, but only recently did I realize that this issue needs attention. There is an inconsistency in language in which I find many planners label post-war reconstruction and post-disaster reconstruction as same things, which they are not.[read more]

Greening London's Motorways to Create a New Future for the City

April 9, 2014 by This Big City

Green London Roads

Driving into London by car is an oddly seamless experience. The motorway never relents, meaning that motorists can dissect the capital’s suburban semis and Georgian terraces to float into the heart of Zone 1 without ever having to leave the luxury of three lanes.[read more]

Design Challenge: Reconstruct Canada's Busiest Transit Hub without Stopping Service

April 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Update without Interruption

Union Station in Toronto is overdue for a renovation. Last updated in the late 1980′s, it is dated; the connections between the three transit systems are inefficient, and the congestion during rush hour foreshadows the situation in twenty year’s time when ridership is expected to double or triple.[read more]

Top Five Under-Rated Low Carbon Transport Solutions

Low Carbon Transport

Climate change is not a joke. Here at TheCityFix, we realize that we need to get serious about our strategies to reduce carbon emissions from transport. The world needs to explore bold, creative approaches to climate change mitigation if we are to preserve this world for future generations.[read more]