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Do Urban Growth Boundaries Work to Prevent Sprawl?

May 6, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Directing Urban Growth

Urban growth boundaries are held up as one of the most effective tools for limiting sprawl. But do they actually constrain unplanned development? When they succeed, it’s because there is widespread political support for limiting growth and directing it to urban centers.[read more]

New BicyclAir Map App Measures Air Pollution for Cyclists in Montreal

Bike Route and Pollution Monitoring

A new app has been released that tells cyclists what air pollution levels are like in Montreal on their journey, while providing maps of cycle routes. Researchers at McGill University have developed an online interactive tool that will give cyclists information about the level of pollution on the exact path they wish to take.[read more]

Cape Town: The Day that Langa Opened Her Streets

May 6, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Open Streets in Cape Town

Thousands of residents across Cape Town recently flocked to Langa to walk its storied streets. Crime fears were allayed as visitors from the city’s more affluent suburbs walked the streets in safety. They form part of the Open Streets movement that fosters diverse community interaction in urban areas.[read more]

Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

May 3, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Trash Ash Recycling

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions, ash is another resulting material that ends up in landfills.[read more]

Minneapolis, Minnesota's Historic Stone Arch Bridge Offers a Story of Revitalization

Revitalizing Urban Landmarks

The Stone Arch Bridge spans 2,100 feet across the width of the Mississippi River and connects the East Bank near the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus to downtown Minneapolis. Completed as a railway bridge in 1883, this structure has remained an iconic beacon of Minneapolis for over a century.[read more]

What Will Driverless Electric Cars Mean for Cities?

April 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless Cars and the Future

Electric and driverless vehicles are a step in the right direction. At some point in the not too distant future we’re going to look back at that time when people used to drive their own cars and wonder how we ever allowed that to happen. But there still remains a question of how best to plan our cities.[read more]

Top 10 Features of Bike-Friendly Cities

April 30, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Bike-Friendly Cities

The Danish urban design firm, Copenhagenize, publishes annual bicycle friendliness rankings of cities around the world, based on the most important features. This list of features is curated from a cross-section of citizens in a variety of places where cycling is already a major feature of urban life.[read more]

Mexico City's Traffic Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses

Traffic and the Economy in Mexico

In mega-cities like Mexico City, more cars on the road brings greater traffic congestion, pollution and road safety challenges. These problems are well-documented, but new research documents another issue with Mexico City’s car congestion—it creates economic costs to businesses and their employees.[read more]

City Walk Saturdays Kick-Starts New Storytelling Route for Cape Town

April 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

City Walk Cape Town

The lively event featured Capoeira, tango and swing dance sessions, a tranquillity zone with meditation and yoga, jumping castles and kids storytelling time. Skateboarders whizzed through the space and curious squirrels watched as giant scrabble and pavement chalk unfolded.[read more]

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]

What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto's Transit-Oriented Development

Toronto and T.O.D.

While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. Thanks to strong leadership and long-term vision, Greater Toronto managed to both build a compact, mixed-use urban hub and expand transit connectivity across the region.[read more]

What Makes a Great Street? Tell Us Here!

April 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

How to Design Great Streets

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. When streets are great places, they encourage people to linger, to socialize, and to truly experience the unique culture and character of a particular street.[read more]