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Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Renewal in France

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood just outside of Paris is barely recognizable.[read more]

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

August 20, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

The Timeless City

Take away context clues, and cities become more interesting matrices—with blank cells to complete—where each of us personalizes how space meets time. A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure—yet somehow enhance—the reality of place.[read more]

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Is the Economist's Cities Liveability Index Biased?

August 20, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Would you live here?

The Economist magazine has produced another edition of its annual liveability index for cities. Once again, Melbourne tops the list, with the remaining cities in the top 10 coming from predominantly white countries. Does this mean that the list is biased? How seriously should we take it?[read more]

Contactless Services Make City Life Easier in Nice, France

August 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nice and Urban Services

Four years after first being set up in Nice, France, contactless payment establishes itself as a part of everyday French life. Transportation, tourism, commerce, parking…the number of ways this technology can be used to simplify people’s lives continue to multiply.[read more]

Making Space for Street Vendors: Towards Equitable Urban Development

August 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Space for Street Vendors

Informal street vendors in cities around the world experience daily challenges to their economic livelihoods. For example, street vendors are perceived to be detrimental to city life, unhygienic, noisy, and to obstruct smooth flow of commuters, pedestrians and traffic.[read more]

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Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

August 20, 2014 by Peter Smith

Pop-Up Rowhomes in DC

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.[read more]

The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]

What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

August 19, 2014 by Julian Dobson
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Smart Cities and Luddites

There’s nothing like technology to stop people thinking straight. Just as the Daily Mail seems to find a new cure for cancer every few days, so technology-watchers love to predict amazing new futures for cities. The ‘smart city’ epithet is particularly attractive right now.[read more]

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Possibly the World's First Battery-powered Train Is Undergoing Trials

August 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Batteries included

Trials of what is thought to be the UK's – and possibly the world's – first battery-powered train have begun by network operator Network Rail. A battery-powered train would not have to use diesel and could run on non-electrified track.[read more]

This is What 100 Years of Building Bicycle Tracks Gets You: London has a Long Way to Go

August 19, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking in European Cities

In Copenhagen there are bikes of every shape and size, riders of every shape and size and people who are both very young and very old get around on two wheels. Why? It is the most simple and efficient way to get around, and it is subjectively safe enough for a majority of people to ride.[read more]

Detroit Produce Peddlers: Delivering Fresh Food on Two Wheels

Mobile Detroit Produce

While Detroit’s urban farming movement has been generating excitement for more than a decade, the city’s bicycling scene has been turning heads lately as well. Over the past few years, new bike lanes have sprung up on Motown’s streets and cyclists have shown up in the thousands for mass rides[read more]

Taking Stock of Denver Placemaking

August 19, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Denver Placemaking

Denver is earning a reputation as a city to watch for 21st century placemaking. Its Lower Downtown historic district—a mixed-use area now 25 years in the making—is a revitalization success story, and the city is making major investments in transit-oriented development.[read more]

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Explaining Civic Engagement in Two Equations

August 19, 2014 by Lisa Nisenson

Civic Engagement, Explained

Good public participation is anything but formulaic. However, certain well-developed equations can do a great deal to help better define the complicated nature of relationships among motivation, community planning, and civic action.[read more]

The Making of a Livable City: Inspiration for a Sustainable, Healthy Beijing

August 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainable Beijing

Each year, 440,000 people move to Beijing in search of economic opportunity and better lives. Their rural to urban migration is a driver of economic growth, part of a larger plan to catalyze economic development through urbanization across China.[read more]

Can The City Of Baltimore, Maryland Use Tech Hacks To Solve Community Issues?

August 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltmore Communities and Tech

In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance.[read more]

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Five Years to Build a Transit System in Baltimore

August 18, 2014 by Peter Smith
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Baltimore Transit System

Baltimore is like most other American cities. It has a half-built transit system. It is patiently trudging through the decades-long process required to build each additional metro line. But while Baltimore waits for its metro system, it did something that most other American cities have not.[read more]

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Claudia Adriazola on Advancing Sustainable Transport and Road Safety in Cities [WEBCAST]

August 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Claudia Adriazola

Claudia Adriazola, the Health & Road Safety Program Director for EMBARQ, in this interview with David Thorpe, describes how she became involved with this work and her approach to persuading cities around the world to advance sustainable transport: through BRT, cycling, and planning.[read more]

Is Traffic the Right Question?

August 18, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Traffic Questions

Traffic is a big deal when it comes to real estate development. Residents are concerned about the additional traffic that a development might bring. They’re frustrated by traffic as it is in the city and so they naturally assume that more residents in their community will translate into more cars on the road.[read more]

Toilet-To-Tap In Texas Towns Becomes A Reality

August 18, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier
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Toilet to Tap in Texas

The idea of wastewater to aid in water shortage situations isn’t all that new; treated wastewater is frequently used for industrial and landscaping purposes, and can equate to 2 billion gallons of water saved per year. Over 90% of the treated wastewater in the U.S. isn't recycled, and could be a valued resource.[read more]

People-Oriented Cities: Smarter Driving, Smarter Cities

August 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

People Oriented Cities

Developing countries like Mexico have experienced increased car ownership in recent years, as much as 23% annually since 1995. As these car-owners take more trips, there are more road fatalities, traffic congestion, longer commuting times, and air pollution. Despite the risks, most cities are decidedly car-centric.[read more]

Residents of São Paulo, Paulistanos, Lose One Month Per Year Sitting in Traffic

August 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Traffic and Wasted Time

If you won two weeks vacation every month, what would you do? Time is freedom. To enjoy family, to travel, go to the park, the beach, the movies, all of the activities that enrich our lives. The good news is that our city São Paulo has great weather, but we are stuck in traffic.[read more]

Growing in the Far North: Spring Creek Farm Cultivates Produce and Education in Alaska

Far North Farming

Spring Creek Farm, founded by Louise Kellogg, houses Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus in Palmer, Alaska. “The goal was to create a campus for the University, a very small one,” says Steve Rubinstein, the director of APU’s graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education.[read more]

Highest Cable Car in the World Unites La Paz, Bolivia

August 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Cable Cars in Bolivia

 

The slogans, the images, and the energy deployed by the communications team of the Bolivian Government tell of the symbolic importance of the emergence of the cable car, a strangely contemporary pop-up in the old Andean city of La Paz.[read more]

Let's Talk Cities: Fifteen of the Best Urbanism Quotes

August 17, 2014 by This Big City
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City Quotes

We’ve been sharing our favorite city quotes and it’s time to share another fifteen! From issues like growth and zoning all the way to nature and technology, these quotes explore fifteen opinions on the future of our cities. Do you have a favorite city quote? Share it with us in the comments below![read more]

SITES Certifies New Set of Landscapes

August 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

SITES Landscapes

The Sustainable Sites Initiative program has certified four new landscapes: Kirke Park, a pocket park in Seattle; 38 Dolores, a grocery store and housing complex in San Francisco; West Point Foundry Preserve, a historic Civil War-era preserve in New York; and the office of Perkins + Will, a design firm, in Atlanta.[read more]

Throwback: the 1954 Tour of Britain looks HARD!

August 16, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain has a strange origin. It came about following an argument between rival cycling organizations during the WWII about the validity of racing on Britain's roads, with the National Cyclists Union worried that racing would lead to all cyclists being banned from the roads.[read more]

Midwest Nonprofit Gives Voice to Women Farmers

Farmers and Support

Bridget Holcomb, newly appointed executive director of the non-profit Women, Food & Agriculture, has always been interested in issues concerning sustainability. For her, it’s a no brainer that the current generation needs to live sustainably to improve the lives of future generations.[read more]

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Climate Change Bailouts: Too Big to Fail?

August 16, 2014 by Peter Smith
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Climate Change and Federal Money

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Congress moved quickly to appropriate emergency relief funds. But what happens when sea-level rise and extreme weather events begin to affect every community in the United States at more or less the exact same time?[read more]

Designing Tattnall Square Park's Rain Gardens

August 16, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Rain Garden Design

When the Friends of Tattnall Square Park first teamed up with Mercer engineering students to help to design a rain garden, we had no idea that the road to success would take months of planning, changes, revisions, and tweaking.[read more]