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SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]

Your Guide to Urban Cycling: A Q&A with Author Yvonne Bambrick

February 26, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Cycling Interview

As cities worldwide grow and evolve, so too is the urban landscape changing for cyclists. While congested and chaotic streets still remain a persistent challenge for some cities, many others have recognized the need for robust cycling infrastructure and are actively supporting cycling culture.[read more]

Public Health and the Road to Safety

February 25, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Traffic Safety Planning

As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 10 percent of the world's road traffic fatalities in 2013.[read more]

Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future

February 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking Development

At the Urban Age Conference, head of UN-Habitat Joan Clos stressed the need for a new paradigm for shaping communities around the world. When asked if that meant that government(s) would need to change as well, Dr. Clos replied with a brief and direct “yes,”. Simply having a public space often isn’t enough.[read more]

The City as an Educational Medium for Children

February 23, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Children can be taught either to respect or fear people.

Children can be taught either to respect or fear people. Despite only being in second grade one boy already has a plan to help the homeless with housing and jobs. Can others be taught the same degree of empathy?[read more]

What is the Craziest City Job?

February 20, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Cities, Jobs, and Needs


I learned what the craziest city jobs was last week after watching Supersized Earth, a BBC documentary on global cities. The show featured the window cleaning company Cox Gomyl, whose brave workers are tasked with cleaning the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.[read more]

Are Families Choosing Walkable Communities?

February 16, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Families and Walkable Cities

We are well aware of the young professional boom in our largest cities and walkable communities. But are families choosing these communities as well? We looked at the 50 largest cities to see if families are choosing to live in some of our most walkable communities.[read more]

Clean Drinking Water Just One Benefit Of Better Toilets [VIDEO]

February 15, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Toilets and Clean Water

If you ran across someone defecating in the street, you’d probably call the police (and get a response from them). In India, however, this is a very common practice in rural areas: according to Joe Madiath of NGO Gram Vikas, 70% of Indians take care of “#2″ right out in the open.[read more]

Does SimCity 5 Really Need A Homeless Elimination Manual?

February 15, 2015 by This Big City

SomCity and the Homeless

It looks like there will be plenty of new features for me to try once I get around to playing SimCity 5. I was pleased to find out that SimCity’s producers finally gave up on their mandatory multiplayer mode. But there’s another element in the latest version of the game that was completely absent in earlier ones: homelessness.[read more]

Transforming Transportation 2015: Turning Momentum Into Action

February 14, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transport Innovation

What will the city of the future look like? How can we unlock the potential of urbanization to create safe, accessible and prosperous societies? At Transforming Transportation 2015 we learned about the role of urban mobility in creating smart, sustainable cities and boosting shared prosperity.[read more]

Bogotá, Colombia Celebrates its 15th Annual Car-Free Day

February 13, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bogotá and Car-Free Days

Recently, Bogotá, Colombia celebrated the 15th anniversary of its annual car-free day. Between 5am and 7:30pm, residents left their cars behind and turned to a variety of other modes of transport—a symbolic act that 63 percent of citizens institutionalized through a public referendum in October 2000.[read more]

Empowering Citizens to Shape Their City: Brazil's New Approach to Public Participation

February 12, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil's Public Participation Innovation

Citizen participation is a critical—and often overlooked—aspect of successful urban planning. For public policies and services to actually have a positive impact on people’s daily lives, city leaders need to have a clear picture of the particular needs of the communities they serve.[read more]