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Niterói, Brazil, First City to Adopt Bus with High Level of Service (BHLS) System

September 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil and Bus Systems

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói pioneered the use of biometrics in public transportation and could continue this trend by becoming the first city in Latin America to adopt a BHLS, (Bus with High Level of Service), the English acronym to define a bus system with high quality services.[read more]

How Are You Being Shaped?

September 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Cities and Shape

"We shape the cities, and then our cities shape us." That’s one of my favorite lines from the documentary The Human Scale. I like it because I don’t think many of us think enough about the way in which the built environment — that we create — ultimately goes on to influence the way we live our lives.[read more]

Missouri Program Brings Fresh Food to Regional Pantries, One Seed Pack at a Time

September 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Seeds and Fresh Food

Grow Well Missouri has taken a simple concept – distributing seeds to people who visit a local food pantry – and started a mini-fresh food revolution. The program originated from the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security at the University of Missouri.[read more]

What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities

September 27, 2014 by This Big City

Burning Man and Cities

Recently 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city. Within a few weeks, there will be no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash will be gone. As a first time visitor, I initially found Burning Man to be like the SimCity of social experimentation.[read more]

Bicycle Use in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France: A Precarious Future?

September 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike Use in Tououse

Is the number of people who use the bicycle as a form of transportation becoming larger and larger in the Toulouse metropolitan area? It would appear so based on reading the figures gathered and published by two local bike advocacy groups.[read more]

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British Regional Cities Tell London: "We Want To Be Free"

September 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

Core Cities cabinet members

Following the "no" vote in the referendum on Scottish devolution, eight English cities plus Glasgow in Scotland and Wales' capital, Cardiff, are demanding that much more power be devolved from London to unlock their economic potential.[read more]

The Portlandia Paradox

September 26, 2014 by Jim Russell

Portlandia and Migration

Claire Cain Miller poked the hornet’s nest of Portlandia boosters with “Will Portland Always Be a Retirement Community for the Young?” in the New York Times Magazine. At issue is Portland, Oregon, as a model of economic development.[read more]

Real Progress on Sustainable Cities and Transport Unveiled at U.N. Climate Summit

September 26, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Climate Summit and Cities

Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit included unprecedented focus on cities and the transport sector at climate change conferences. City leaders committed to new actions to promote sustainable urban development and low carbon transport systems.[read more]

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So What Really Came Out Of The Climate Summit?

September 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Strong leadership requires action not just words.

After the euphoria has died down of the People's Climate March and the success of getting many world leaders to make statements about climate change in front of each other on Tuesday, many are now asking: what exactly has been achieved?[read more]

Dimensioning Pedestrian Happiness

September 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Designing for Pedestrians

The area that stretches between the property line on one side of a street and the property line on the other side of a street is called a public right-of-way here in Toronto. It may actually be called something entirely different in other cities and countries.[read more]

Pressure Builds on World Leaders to Act on Climate Change

September 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

People's Climate March and Political Pressure

In the wake of the world’s largest global protest on climate change — with some 300,000 people marching in New York City, 120 world leaders met at the United Nations in an effort to build political momentum for a legally-binding global agreement on climate change next year in Paris.[read more]

Urban Farming Co. Takes Aquaponic Farming to Europe's Rooftops

September 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

European Rooftop Farming

UrbanFarmers is on a mission to bring commercial-grade urban farming to consumers hungry for fresh locally-grown produce, and it’s doing so from the rooftops. Based in Zürich, Switzerland, the company offers a brand of rooftop-based and modular growing systems using aquaponics.[read more]