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How To Discourage People From Entering a Park: Northeastern Connecticut's Access Fail

April 25, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Park Entry in Connecticut

A regular theme throughout Northeastern Connecticut’s parks is their troublesome entry points and poor contiguity to other trail links. For example, entering a park from a state highway in the Quiet Corner, also known as Northeastern Connecticut, can be dangerous.[read more]

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Urban Walkability and Innovation

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level.[read more]

Three Mobility Challenges Facing Bogotá

April 22, 2015 by This Big City

Mobility in Bogotá

During a recent visit to Colombia to participate in the World Bike Forum in Medellin, I learned some lessons on mobility in Bogotá, many of which have stayed in my mind. I believe that Bogotá needs to prioritize mobility in the public agenda.[read more]

Heated Debate Persists Around Geneva, Switzerland's Carless Sundays

April 22, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

A Car Free Debate

Controversy rages about banning cars from city centres. Two opposing views about the proposal for carless Sundays in the centre of Geneva: from a Green Party Councillor and a representative of Switzerland’s Chamber of Commerce. What do you think?[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transportation

These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others. From increasing access to economic opportunities to making our cities healthier and more livable, there’s a lot to keep in mind.[read more]

Yard Waste: What is the Purpose of the Space Around Our Homes?

April 14, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The Purpose of Yards

The yard has long been viewed as a necessity for children, symbolic of the opportunity for kids to run free in their own space free of fears from perceived dangers. Many parents view private green spaces as an essential component to creating healthy children, and without a child could potentially suffer.[read more]

A Tech Touch: Connecting Beaches, Parks, and Big Data

April 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Connecting Places and Data

Smart city technology is going beyond data-collecting sensors in streetlights and on garbage containers. It’s expanding to beaches and parks, creating a feedback loop that will allow local Barcelona Metropolitan Area officials to better manage public spaces.[read more]

Complete Streets Are a Bargain

April 13, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Streets and Savings

Normal, Illinois, doesn’t sound like a very typical kind of spring break destination—but for me, it was the perfect getaway. Along with fellow urban planning students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I visited Normal in March of 2010.[read more]

Water and Music, Both Valuable and Both Not Free

April 12, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Water Conservation Efforts

Water companies, cities and municipalities invest millions of dollars in their infrastructure to maintain the quality of the tap water. However, after working around the clock for more than 100 years, water and wastewater infrastructure is aging and in some cases, failing.[read more]

In a More Volatile World, New Models Are Needed

April 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Modeling Bahavior Innovation

Today, we understand how our world is shaped by complex, dynamic systems. While landscape architects have been fast to embrace ecological systems thinking, they have been slower to see how systems thinking can transform our ways of imagining, visualizing, and then intervening in the environment.[read more]