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WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]

Urban Parks: QueensWay Moves Forward

August 31, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

QueensWay Park

With the success of High Line Park in New York, every city is looking at their old railroad tracks as untapped assets instead of eyesores ready for the scrap heap. Queens seeks to turn a stretch of abandoned Long Island track into a foundation for a new park called the QueensWay.[read more]

Why California Must Focus on Rail & Transit

January 9, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

Imagine a scenario by which our country’s most populous state, notorious for freeways, traffic nightmares and smog, could reduce driving by 3.7 trillion miles by 2050 (compared to trends forecast under business as usual), the equivalent of taking all cars off the state’s roads for 12 years. Imagine saving 140 billion gallons of gasoline through 2050, reducing oil consumption by an amount roughly equivalent to seven years’ worth of all US offshore oil production. Imagine saving some 3,700 square miles of California farmland, forests, recreation areas, and other currently open space that would otherwise be lost to sprawl. Imagine eliminating 140 premature deaths and 105,000 asthma attacks and respiratory symptoms each year.[read more]

The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts on Architecture + Sustainability of 2011

December 30, 2011 by This Big City

What a year this has been for This Big City! 2011′s 30th most popular post got more hits than 2010′s most popular post, so we’re going to run through the year’s 30 most popular articles, starting here with 30-21. Check back later today for 20-11 and the top ten. 30. Five Controversial Pieces of Urban Architecture Is it even possible to...[read more]

Slideshow: Polar Express? Public Transportation Gets Festive

December 19, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

    Union Station, Denver (by: John Giez, creative commons license) Continuing a bit of a tradition on this blog, here are some really fun photos of holiday festivity on public transit and rail systems.  You'll notice some themes, including the Chicago Transit Authority's famous Holiday Train, and the amazingly photogenic...[read more]

Government Inquiry: Why Rail Costs So Much in Sydney

December 12, 2011 by Sustaining Sydney

 Photo by USACEpublicaffairs On 6 December, the New South Wales Parliament held its second day of hearings for an inquiry into the cost of rail construction in Sydney.  The inquiry was called because of a general perception that rail costing is too high here compared to other cities in Australia and around the world....[read more]

Does High Speed Rail Have a Future in the US?

November 22, 2011 by Bob Leonard

A hot topic within the transportation sector these days concerns the epic possibilities of a national network of High Speed Rails.  Obama’s failed Jobs Bill dedicated $10 Billion towards furthering the technology and implementation.  Here at Earthgarage we are wondering if a High Speed Rail program is this administration’s...[read more]

Getting America Back on Rail: an Audio Archive

October 6, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

While railroads were once the backbone of American transportation, the nation has since become notoriously car-centric, an arrangement that many modern urban planners and environmental advocates alike decry as inefficient, polluting, and conducive to sprawl. A number of recent proposals, from upgrades to urban and commuter transit to an...[read more]

California High-speed Rail Price Tag Now $60 billion

August 12, 2011 by David Levinson

San Jose Mercury News High-speed rail price tag soars again, this time on pace to surpass $60 billion : "The California High-Speed Rail Authority's new cost estimates released Tuesday show the initial stretch of construction between Merced and Bakersfield will cost $10 billion to $13.9 billion depending on how it's built. Project...[read more]

Atlanta's Ambitious Belt-Line Project Easier Planned Than Executed

July 26, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

        I once called the Atlanta BeltLine “the country’s best smart growth project.”  I still haven’t seen one that is better in concept.  But now, with a few years of history, how is the implementation coming along?  Is the reality matching the vision? The challenge with writing about the BeltLine...[read more]

The original 'High Line': la Promenade Plantée in Paris

July 14, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

      New York’s City’s hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn’t the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park.  Today, as we mark the national holiday of France, let’s also pay tribute to the elevated park in Paris that NYC planning director Amanda Burden...[read more]

Santa Fe Railyard Redevelopment Creates Rich Urban Experience

July 11, 2011 by Next American City

Credit: © Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation, Frederic Schwartz ArchitectsEditor’s note:  This is the second in a series of interviews by Mary Jones with the 2011 winners of the Rudy Bruner Award.  The Santa Fe Railyard Redevelopment was one of four Silver Medalists.  For more information on the Rudy Bruner Award...[read more]