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Vancouver Millennials Need to Get Over The Dream of Owning a Single Family Home

June 18, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Middle class protestors – a bit rich?!

The City of Vancouver has announced plans that will encourage the development of more family housing around parks, schools and community centres (i.e. three bedroom apartments, townhomes, etc). The dream of owning a single family home in Vancouver is dead. I urge millennials to get over it. If you want a big home, move to the suburbs.[read more]

How Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design

June 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Cities should be designed to promote health

“Is your zip code more important than your genetic code [for determining health]?” asks Dr. Anthony Iton, Vice President for Healthy Communities of the California Endowment. In addition to the lack of wholesome food and opportunities for exercise, people in low-income areas “live in a fog of stress”, he says.[read more]

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Using GIS Analysis To Achieve Zero Traffic Casualties

June 18, 2015 by Julio Carrillo

Vision Zero in Austin, Texas

In the city of Austin, Texas, USA, there have been 699 traffic fatalities since 2004, so its Comprehensive Planning unit is embarking on a Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, and using a GIS analysis of traffic incidents to tackle this aim. Here's a glimpse of how it works.[read more]

How In-Town Development Produces Less Traffic Than You Might Think

June 17, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Fewer, shorter driving trips mean reduced emissions.

'Smart growth' urban development projects generate, on average, less than half the amount of traffic that standard engineering estimates – used by most municipalities when deciding development approvals – predict. But most municipalities ignore this evidence. They need to wise up.[read more]

Green Line and Related Bus Network Improvements Have Increased Access to Jobs by >50%

June 15, 2015 by David Levinson

Green Line to jobs

A new analysis from the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory has quantified how much the Green Line light-rail transit route and related changes to the regional bus network changed residents’ ability to reach jobs by transit. Accessibility often increased by over 50 percent.[read more]

Four Ways Street Design Can Increase Public Safety

Good lighting ensures safety

The quality of public spaces as well as the surrounding environment determine how people use them. If they are accessible, attractive, and safe, they can inspire a range of uses and activities. In contrast, when public spaces are abandoned or neglected, they can cease to be places where people feel safe.[read more]

Google Creates Company to Improve Cities

Sidewalk Labs will solve urban challenges

Google has created Sidewalk Labs to solve urban challenges with technology by developing products, platforms and partnerships to accelerate progress in the areas of mobility, efficient transport, cost of living, use of natural resources and government efficiency.[read more]

TED Talk: How to Reimagine the Streets of the Future with Janette Sadik-Khan

June 11, 2015 by Future Cape Town

A TED talk by Janette Sadik-Khan

In this funny and thought-provoking TED talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a 6,000-cycle-strong bike share.[read more]

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How Cities and Regions May Save One Fifth of Nations' Carbon Emissions

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cities and regions are acting on climate change

Actions by cities and regions could save the lion's share of global greenhouse gas emissions not accounted for at the national level by 2020, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). They could save 60% or 1.08 GtCO2e.[read more]

#WalkVision Presents 208 Ideas to Foster Walkable Cities and Liveable Communities

June 11, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

For more livable communities.

The Walking Visionaries Awards present 208 ideas, projects and visions for building walkable cities and fostering liveable communities. Browse the online collection and support the submissions with your vote![read more]

Are Driverless Cars a Solution for Road Safety?

Driverless cars could help in Singapore

Since driverless cars can theoretically “see” the entire picture of their surroundings, the idea is that they can drive more efficiently and safely. Driverless cars don’t drive drunk or and don’t experience fatigue—two common causes of traffic collisions. Some advocates claim they could reduce congestion, lower emissions, and make traveling more comfortable.[read more]

VIDEO: Watch The Amazing New 5,000-Bicycle Park at Delft Train Station

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Park and ride – on a bike

This past February, a new central train station opened up in Delft in the Netherlands. As part of the train station, there’s an underground parking facility for 5,000 bicycles. Here’s a video of how it all works.[read more]