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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

Advances in Bike Sharing Access in Chicago, Illinois

October 17, 2016 by The Global Grid

A Divvy station at 55th St. and Woodlawn Ave. on the South Side of ChicagoSince over 600 cities worldwide have their own bike share programs, one would hope that Chicago, ranked the sixth most bike-friendly city in the United States, would have a strong program. Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, introduced in 2013, have seen a great expansion in...[read more]

Battle for Bus Lanes: Prioritizing Chicago’s Public Transit

October 11, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) most iconic feature may be its mostly-elevated rail line system, however, its bus system is more widespread and more utilized.[read more]

Nice Ride Minnesota Creating Green Transportation across the Metro and Promoting Health and Wellness

October 6, 2016 by The Global Grid

The popularity of bike sharing programs is consistently increasing; as it promotes green transportation by reducing the use of motor vehicles in the city, benefits human wellness, and it’s a convenient alternative to cars. The Twin Cities is not trailing behind in the worldwide trend. In 2010, the Nice Ride Minnesota initiative started...[read more]


Smarter Streets Make Sustainable Cities

September 16, 2016 by Kurtis McBride

The path to becoming a “smart city” begins with smarter streets, which can help us use our existing transportation infrastructure more efficiently, get to work faster and decrease pollution.[read more]

It’s time to put an end to bikeway “band-aids”

September 6, 2016 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

We are finally moving in the right direction for bicycle urbanism in the United States. At last, more and more cities are realizing that what has been best practice in street design for years elsewhere, is the logical thing to do in this country as well. Separated lanes used to be seemingly out of reach – the long-term goal of the...[read more]

Hurricane watch: Developing a flood-resilient supply chain

September 2, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Torrential rains descended upon Baton Rouge last weekend, leaving hundreds of closed roads and damaged property behind as flooding beset the city."Four dead, 20,000 rescued from Louisiana flooding," declares USA TODAY. "Turn around … Don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles," says the National...[read more]

The End of Automobile Dependence

August 19, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Proposed streetcar for Downtown Brooklyn / Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector“Cities have been demanding reduced car dependence,” said Peter Newman, professor of sustainability at Curtin University and elder statesman of sustainable transportation, at a talk in Washington, D.C. As a result, 2015 saw a 3 percent decline in...[read more]

Future Roadway Technologies: What’s Being Done to Put it into Effect?

August 10, 2016 by Matt Rhoney

Have you ever gotten onto a congested highway and immediately wished you hadn’t? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you entered an intersection just as another vehicle was running a red light? With connected vehicle technology, the idea is that data will be transmitted wirelessly among vehicles and between roadside and vehicles...[read more]

Portland, Oregon is Recycling One of its Outdated Bridges

July 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

The enormous economic undertaking to fix crumbling infrastructure may block any nationwide initiative to repair our bridges, however it creates the opportunity for cities to think creatively and remedy the problem locally. As a sustainable trend setter, Portland, Oregon is tackling the issue head on through recycling nearly 100% of the construction material towards new uses after the deconstruction of the Sellwood Bridge.[read more]

FHWA head: Public, private sectors joining forces to advance project efficiency innovations

June 28, 2016 by Construction Dive

The Federal Highway Administration is on a mission to improve efficiency on infrastructure projects, and the private sector is playing a key role in those efforts.Led by current Administrator Gregory Nadeau and former Administrator Victor Mendez, the FHWA launched the Every Day Counts initiative in 2010. The program aims to "...[read more]


Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

June 21, 2016 by Helen Saarniit

After decades of car-centred urban planning in the centre of Tallinn, the city has decided to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a 21st century Main Street: a shared urban space that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, with more public transport and fewer cars.The design competition, organized by...[read more]