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Talking Transit: Repopulating our city through more housing choice

April 28, 2016 by Metropolitan Planning Council

By Yonah FreemarkDid you know?According to research by the Chicago Rehab Network, Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood lost more than 5,000 inhabitants, or more than 11 percent of its population, between 2000 and 2010. At the same time, housing costs increased dramatically over the same period, with the share of renters paying...[read more]

Solving Problems Across City Borders: Opportunities and Challenges to Regional Planning in China

April 26, 2016 by Adam N Mayer

China is known for having a strong central government. In many ways, this perception is very true. Unlike countries like the United States which clearly delineate federal and local (state) powers, all governmental authority in China flows from the central government. Over the past several decades, however, the central government has...[read more]

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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 24, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

Investing by the mile instead of by the gallon

April 22, 2016 by Metropolitan Planning Council

By Yonah FreemarkMetropolitan Planning Council (MPC) research shows that our state’s surface roads, bridges and transit systems need $43 billion in additional investment over the next ten years.Unquestionably, we need new funding to support this. As we use less gasoline—or none at all—we need to consider a vehicle miles traveled fee...[read more]

A New Way to Measure Road Safety That Doesn’t Wait for Crashes to Happen

In order to improve road safety, decision makers need accurate information about their city’s streets. Traditionally, road safety analysis has relied on historical data of actual crashes. However, the drawback of this “crash-based approach” is that it is reactive—we have to wait for crashes to occur in order to prevent them. And in...[read more]

How will sharing technologies shape our transportation future? – CTS Catalyst

April 13, 2016 by David Levinson

What physical  goods can—or should—be shared, and what should be owned individually? As the answer to that question slowly changes, the direction of our transportation future is changing, too.“For physical goods, one person’s use prevents someone else’s use, but many physical objects are not fully utilized by their owners,” says...[read more]

How much market share are New York’s yellow cabs losing to Uber?

April 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Todd W. Schneider recently mined data from the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission to create a chart summarizing yellow taxi, Uber, and Lyft usage. The data only runs up until January 2016, but here’s what he found:“…yellow taxis provided 60,000 fewer trips per day in January 2016 compared to one year earlier, while Uber...[read more]

Overcoming US Highway Injustices: From Displacement to Opportunity

April 8, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

By now it is widely understood that urban freeways did little to solve urban transportation and mobility issues; it has become clear that cities cannot build themselves out of congestion with bigger roadways, but they can damage themselves considerably in the process of trying.  Kansas City freeway bisecting downtown (photo:...[read more]

The long road to resilient cities in Africa

April 7, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The need to build climate & disaster resilience in cities – Project example in Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)  My journey to Ibadan, Nigeria supporting the World Bank’s - Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) gave me an opportunity to reflect the challenges of such infrastructure projects and the...[read more]

L.A. Joins Growing Number of U.S. Bike-Share Cities

March 31, 2016 by The Global Grid
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Over 70 cities across the U.S. now offer bike-share systems for residents and visitors. I was surprised and proud to see my hometown of Buffalo, NY on bikshare.com‘s tally of bike-share programs across the United States. Buffalo – a city that sees 80 inches of snow, 36 inches of rain, and only about 155...[read more]

Greener Buildings Need Less Parking

March 30, 2016 by Tyler Caine
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It would be fair to say that the baseline of sustainability in building construction is rising. Whether it is due to improving technology, updated building codes or the slow but steady growth of consumer demand, we are in the process of making buildings tighter and smarter. At the same time, the nature of proactive lobbying in the...[read more]

Prerequisites for a successful pedestrian-only street

March 28, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

A few of us had a really great discussion on Twitter recently about pedestrian-only streets. It was kicked-off by a tweet about Spark Street Mall in Ottawa, which many argue needs a rethink.One of the comments was that a lot of people tend to overvalue their worth. And I will admit that I am probably one of those people. If you’ve ever...[read more]