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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]

Cape Town: The City is Our Playground

April 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Urban Play in Cape Town

We’ve all hankered after a simpler, less stressful world. A world in which our every decision doesn’t feel like the end of the world, and where it is easier to acknowledge similarity than disparity. This yearning often takes me back to childhood.[read more]

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]

Four Lessons from Beijing and Shanghai Show how China's Cities can Curb Car Congestion

China Congestion Management

As China’s GDP has grown, so has the number of cars on its roads. From 2008 to 2010, the country’s vehicle ownership almost doubled. This growth in car ownership not only means that the auto industry will continue booming, it also means more air pollution, energy consumption and traffic crashes.[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]

The Race for Africa's Largest City: The Beauty and Beast of a City

April 11, 2015 by Future Cape Town
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The Future of Lagos

 

The people of Lagos will be going to the polls early on Saturday, April 11th to spend the day standing in queues. In this election, close to 6 million people are registered as voters in Lagos State, almost three times as many registered voters in the City of Cape Town at 1.9 million in 2014.[read more]

Could Université Laval's Course Schedules Be Causing Quebec's Traffic Woes?

April 11, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Traffic Patterns in Quebec

By starting its classes a half hour later, the Université Laval could reduce a lot of traffic in the capital, suggests a young architect. The question was raised during the Québec 2050 event, which gathered agents of the real estate sector around the future of the capital.[read more]

Mapping the Derelict Lines of the Bay Area

April 10, 2015 by David Edmondson

Dead Lines on Old Transport

The old railroads that once defined the Bay Area and the country at large are typically just hinted at. Some lines only operate freight; others, overgrown rails, but many are just sinewy lines on a parcel map. While we do have old maps showing where the rails were, these are rail maps, not service maps.[read more]

Johannesburg: Why Gated Communities Threaten Democratic Cities

April 9, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gated Communities and Urban Inequality

Recently I tried to drive through a gated section of Westcliff, an affluent suburb in Johannesburg, to avoid traffic, only to be stopped by the guard and informed that I was not permitted to go through. I insisted that I had every right to enter, since it was a public road. The guard was not convinced.[read more]

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Five Cities with Top Game-Changing Sustainability and Resilience Projects

April 8, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Game-Changing Cities

Game-changing mega-projects in these five cities promise cross-cutting impacts including low-carbon mobility, recreation, green infrastructure, societal improvements, and mobile communications. By planning diverse and ambitious results, these resilient plans take years to decades, but promise massive rewards.[read more]

The Top 10 Benefits of Public Transportation

April 8, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

It's National Stand Up For Transportation Day

Thursday, April 9, has been designated National Stand Up For Transportation Day. On this day, Americans will meet in communities across the country and online to press Congress to invest in long term transportation funding, especially public transit.[read more]

The Eight Principles of the Sidewalk: Building More Active Cities

Rules of Walkable Sidewalks

Walking is the most democratic way to get around. It is the oldest mode of transport. It’s free, and it may even help you burn a few calories. But people are walking less, and cities have become sprawled, highways have replaced sidewalks, and significant obstacles to walking safely have been created.[read more]