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Understanding (and Measuring) Walkability in Cairo

March 2, 2015 by This Big City

Walking Cairo

The Greater Cairo region reflects Egyptian daily life. It is a vivid example of a wide variety of both spatial patterns and socioeconomic conditions. To create more effective and equitable urban strategies that can overcome challenges, we must understand social networks in relation to urban space.[read more]

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]

Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

February 25, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Walkability isn't just about density

A relatively dense neighborhood still needs to facilitate its residents to walk to more than just their neighbors. A mixture of uses that comprise daily destinations need to be within a manageable radius in order to truly reduce net vehicle miles traveled and get people out on the street.[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]

Envisioning a New Academic Commons

February 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Academic Commons Design

Hundreds of students marked the kickoff of the fourth annual Vortex competition at the University of Virginia. Students from all disciplines at the School of Architecture gathered for a design workshop to envision a new academic commons along the Ivy Road corridor, an underused entry to the university.[read more]

Overcoming China's Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

February 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China and Barriers to Sustainable Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will.[read more]

Car Sharing, the Next Wave of Innovation for Brazilian Cities

February 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Sharing in Brazil

Mobility is a necessary part of urban life; the challenge is to make it more efficient. Collective transport solutions already exist in many Brazilian cities and are gaining in popularity. But so far, Brazilian cities are only just beginning to explore car share programs as viable alternatives to private car ownership.[read more]

How Addis Ababa is on the Frontier of Sustainable Transport for African Cities

February 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Addis Ababa and Sustainable Transit

East Africa doesn’t make a lot of headlines for its sustainable transport achievements. That’s changing, as its cities are starting to pioneer innovative new projects to bring urban Africa into the spotlight for sustainable development. But the challenges in the region are many.[read more]

Scenes from Hong Kong's (Empty) Streets

February 18, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Hong Kong Without Confrontation

While yellow traces of the Umbrella Revolution littered the city’s streets, the usually bustling boulevards appeared subdued – empty of all but the most committed protesters, free from the usual traffic that engulfs the streets. Instead, we find barricades dissecting empty streets, views of void of street life.[read more]

'I Want to Ride the Pink Bus': The Problem with Public Transport's Public Image

February 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bus Transport's PR Problem

In many parts of the world, the bus is suffering from a public image crisis. According to a report by the US Federal Transit Administration, many people already look down on public transport in general, and the bus in particular is often seen as slow, inconvenient, and uncomfortable.[read more]

What Do Driverless Cars Mean for Suburban Planning?

February 17, 2015 by David Edmondson

Driverless Cars and the Suburbs

Automated, technologically advanced, self-driving cars are coming, and boosters of drivable suburbia are hoping that the adoption of this mode of transportation will be a potent weapon against mass transit and cities. But what they mean for towns and suburbs isn’t quite so clear.[read more]