Posts in the 'Urban Development' category
Urban Renewal By Any Other Name
Urban Renewal By Any Other Name
To start off your morning, one of those posts where the only response is “read the whole thing”: the NRDC’s Karl Benfield on the current vogue for shrinking cities. It’s even got Joni Mitchell lyrics to kick the post off. ...
CityCenter DC: Density Breeds Sustainability
CityCenter DC: Density Breeds Sustainability
A graphic rendering of the proposed “Central Plaza” of CityCenter DC. Illustration via CityCenter DC. There’s been a lot of big transportation news in the last two days. Between the Purple Line vote and Sec. Ray LaHood and Rep. Jim ...
REPORT: Sustainable Transport that Works: Lessons from Germany
REPORT: Sustainable Transport that Works: Lessons from Germany
Freiburg, Germany is one of the most livable and people-oriented cities in the world. Photo by Roby©. Transport and urban development policies in European cities are recognized as being more balanced than those of the rest of the world, resulting ...
Winners of the Livable Streets Contest
Winners of the Livable Streets Contest
Steve Price won the Livable Streets Contest for his vision of a “complete street” in Portsmouth, Virginia. Last week, GOOD announced the winners of its Livable Streets Contest. It was a simple assignment: “Take a photo of a street or ...
Lessons From San Sebastian
Lessons From San Sebastian
EMBARQ presents a slideshow about the concept of “Mobility Management (MM)” in San Sebastian, Spain. View the entire slideshow here. Mobility Management At the core of Mobility Management are “soft” measures like information and communication, organising services and coordinating activities ...
Cycle for Health: Recycling Bicycles to Save Lives in Rural Africa
Cycle for Health: Recycling Bicycles to Save Lives in Rural Africa
The Cycle for Health logo, via the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Web site. Yesterday, The City Fix wrote about the winners of the 2009 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, a design competition to “support the development and implementation of a strategy that has ...
Ode to Bicycling
Ode to Bicycling
Kyle Boelte published an article in The Christian Science Monitor entitled “The Soul (and Sense) of Biking to Work.” While he makes both a wonderful, practical, and emotional appeal to would-be commuter bikers – which I am all for – ...
Open Technology Is Key to Intermodal Transportation
Open Technology Is Key to Intermodal Transportation
Robin Chase, one of The City Fix bloggers and founder and former CEO of Zipcar, says that “open technology” is a key part of making intermodal transportation a reality. “Users (people or freight) need to know the schedules, requirements, and ...
GOOD Magazine: "Reinventing Our Wheels"
GOOD Magazine: "Reinventing Our Wheels"
GOOD magazine published its jam-packed, 112-page “Transportation Issue,” devoted to a “drastic rethinking of how we move around, how we design our cities, and how we power our vehicles.” The articles cover a lot of ground, discussing the problems and ...
Is There a Future for Human-Scale Chinese Cities?
Is There a Future for Human-Scale Chinese Cities?
James Fallows of the Atlantic recently blogged about “today’s enormous, expanding Chinese cities,” comparing the more intimate architecture of Shanghai to the sprawling concrete slabs in Beijing. “This is not a ‘which do you like better?’ discussion,” he emphasizes. Rather ...
"Beltway Burden": The Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation
"Beltway Burden": The Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation
The Urban Land Institute recently published a report about the “cost of place” in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, looking at the combined costs of housing and transportation. Turns out, any housing savings that a family enjoys by living 15 ...
Students Compete in Virtual Bike Race Around the World
Students Compete in Virtual Bike Race Around the World
The U.K.-based sustainable transport charity Sustrans is launching a month-long “virtual bike race” with adventurer Alastair Humphreys to encourage kids to bike to school, according to Bike Biz. The contest targets 20,000 students from 140 schools across England. Over the ...
NYC to Experiment with Car-Free Zone on Broadway
NYC to Experiment with Car-Free Zone on Broadway
Two of the most heavily congested stretches of Broadway St. – Times Square and Herald Square – will become car-free, pedestrian plazas in May to reduce traffic and pollution. The $1.5 million pilot project will ban vehicles from seven blocks ...
Most "Global" Cities Aren't the Dirtiest
Most "Global" Cities Aren't the Dirtiest
“Most global cities aren’t the dirtiest cities,” according to Foreign Policy magazine. “In fact, some of the biggest, most integrated cities are some of the cleanest urban areas on the planet.” The conclusions are part of the publication’s Global Cities ...
Cleveland's 'Healthline' - the Newest BRT in the USA
Cleveland's 'Healthline' – the Newest BRT in the USA
After years of planning, the new Euclid Ave. Healthline has opened in Cleveland, Ohio. The project showcases a relative low cost alternative for cities looking for ways to improve accessibility. The Healthline joins a growing list of BRT systems in ...
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