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Research Reveals Solutions to Brazilian Public Transportation Issues

September 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Transport Solutions

The increase in bus fare brings more headaches for the Brazilian citizen than electricity, water or telephone bills. This insight was revealed in unpublished research from NTU (National Association of Urban Transport) presented at the 2014 National Seminar.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]

7 Reasons Why High-Rises Kill Livability

September 29, 2014 by Taz Loomans

High Rises and Urban Living

What do you do when you’re the city of Portland and millions of people are supposed to move into your city in the coming decades and you have an urban growth boundary? Build up, right? To a certain extent yes, but not above the fifth floor, says world-renown architect Jan Gehl.[read more]

PARK(ing) Day 2014 Around the World

September 29, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Parks and PARK(ing) Day

The mission of PARK(ing) Day, which started in San Francisco in 2005, is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. It has since has evolved into a global movement.[read more]

Why You Should Worry: Five Unhappy Truths about the U.S. Food System

September 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food System Problems and Risks

The convergence of processed foods, chemically intensive farming and a gas-guzzling supply chain have created a food system in the United States that would have seemed fantastical—and quite possibly nightmarish—to folks who lived in this country just a century ago.[read more]

Is Urban Revitalization Without Gentrification Possible?

September 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA
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Renewal and Gentrification

Cities are the place to be these days, which means big changes for the historic communities that have populated urban cores. While much of the urban renewal experiments of the 1940s through the 1960s have been deemed disasters, word is still out on the new wave of “urban revitalization."[read more]

Seven Myths About New Urbanism

September 29, 2014 by This Big City

New Urbanism Myths

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a perfectly valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong.[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]

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]

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]

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

September 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down a great deal of all his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.[read more]

One Billion Pounds of Electronic Waste: a Recycling Milestone for Best Buy

September 27, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Tech Waste and Recycling

The waste of electronic equipment usually contains toxic compounds and requires special handling. That special handling cost money, so if you’re going to collect these materials, you’d better have a good idea of who’ll buy them from you (hopefully, at a profit).[read more]

LA Startup Brings Custom Farming Service to Homes, Businesses

September 27, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Urban Farming

Farmscape Gardens is California’s largest urban farming company, bringing edible gardens to residential and commercial customers alike. The sustainability focused company has reached over three-hundred clients since its inception back in 2009.[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]

In Photos: Bolivia's Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist

September 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bolivia Urban Walkability

On the first Sunday in September, 2014, cities across Bolivia closed their roads for the fourth annual “Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist in Defense of Mother Earth.” The event, often referred to simply as the “Day of the Pedestrian,” is an expanded version of the ciclovías held in many cities.[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]

Riding an Escalator for the First Time

September 26, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Escalator History

On Wednesday, November 16th, 1898, Harrods department store in London opened up the first escalator — or moving staircase as it was called — in England. The first escalator-like machine in the world had actually been patented many decades before in the US.[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]

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]

Jane Jacobs: Famous Urban Visionary

September 26, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Jane Jacobs and Urban Planning

Jane Jacobs became famous in 1961 when her seminal book on urban studies, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, was published. She had a positive influence on the economics, and sociology, not just of central New York City, but also of cities across the U.S.A. Her books are as relevant today as they ever were, and are required reading in many college classes.[read more]

Clean Water, Green Parks: Stormwater Management in Heartland Park

September 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Stormwater Management

Scheduled to complete construction this coming fall, Heartland Park is funded in part by a 319 Grant awarded in 2011 by the EPA through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Implementation of a Watershed Management Plan helped the development of Heartland Park’s green infrastructure.[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]

In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life

September 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Roads and Neighborhoods

The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministers came to the agreement this Thursday during their beginning-of-the-school-year meeting. And so in Brussels, a page turns for this badly-aged, forty year-old work of art.[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 Nature: Born to be Wild, Sort Of

September 25, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Wild Green Urban Spaces, Maybe

As a child I was not nature-deprived. I lived in small towns and villages in rural Somerset in England, and enjoyed nature study in primary school but I know that I’ve never seen or experienced anything truly wild. I never will, and as a civilised ape I’m really grateful for that.[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]

What India's New Road Safety Bill Means for Cities and Citizens

September 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Road Safety Bill

Road safety issues have reached a pinnacle in Indian cities. In 2013, 140,000 people died in traffic crashes, and many more were severely injured. These premature deaths and debilitating injuries put an intense burden not just on families and communities, but also on the workforce and the economy.[read more]