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What Bus Rapid Transit Is and What It Isn't

July 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Like a train on tires

Most of what gets billed as BRT in the US doesn't cut it: a single BRT line doesn't, nor does a system where standard 40' buses can barely transport more than 50 people at a time, nor a system where buses get stuck in traffic or where buses linger at stops until a long line of cash payers has entered through a single door of a bus. So what does?[read more]

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What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]

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WEBCAST: Tim Campbell on How Cities Learn

December 9, 2013 by David Thorpe

The smartest cities network. 

The smartest cities network with each other. Watch Tim Campbell talking about how cities learn and his book Beyond Smart Cities. Tim is chairman of the Urban Age Institute, worked for years for the World Bank, and is a senior academic. Essential viewing for urban leaders everywhere.[read more]

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Which Cities will Lead on Green Urban Mobility?

December 6, 2013 by David Thorpe

Guess where?

The cities taking part in a project making a 'conceptual leap' on green urban mobility have been announced, in line with new UN-HABITAT recommendations for sustainable urban travel. Meanwhile London has published its 10-year transport plan with £1billion for cycling.[read more]

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Should Mayors Shoot Their Mouths Off About Their Beliefs?

November 29, 2013 by David Thorpe

London Mayor Johnson: a mouth big enough to put a foot in

This week, London's flamboyant mayor, Boris Johnson, said that "greed could be good" and defended the importance of "boardroom greed". Was he right to do so? And what policies should mayors promote to help deliver social justice and economic benefit in municipal areas?[read more]

Transit in Brazil: Interview with Jaime Lerner

Jaime Lerner

The architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner – former Mayor of Curitiba for three terms and former Governor of Paraná for two terms – regards large urban center problems with a unique point of view.[read more]

Three Sustainable Cities on the Rise

August 16, 2012 by This Big City

There are plenty of ways to go green and promote sustainable living in your home and community. Beyond simply rolling out the recycle bin to the curb and making eco-chic clutches out of Capri Sun pouches. Here’s a quick trip around the globe, looking at three sustainable cities on the rise and what they’re doing to be friendly to the earth.[read more]

Why Ecological Cities are also Economic Cities

March 12, 2012 by ECPA Urban Planning
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Launched in 2009 by the World Bank, the Eco2 Cities Initiative seeks to establish a new paradigm of economic development for cities in developing countries. It couples economic development and sustainability as interdependent; making sustainable economic development necessary to the future success of cities. The initiative is...[read more]

Jaime Lerner: 'A City Is Like a Family Portrait'

January 27, 2012 by The Dirt ASLA

“A city is like a family portrait. You may not like the nose of your uncle but you don’t tear up the whole family photo. You don’t do this because the family portrait is you. In the same way, we just need to make those uglier parts of our cities more attractive. We can’t tear apart our cities,” argued Jaime Lerner, former Governor...[read more]

A Critique of The Economist’s ‘Most Liveable Cities’ Report

March 1, 2011 by This Big City

Is Vancouver the best city and Zimbabwe’s Harare the worst city? Yes, according to this year’s Global Liveability [sic] by the Economist. The ranking considers indicators in five categories – Stability, Healthcare, Culture & Environment, Education, and Infrastructure. The choice of indicators seems ambitiously comprehensive and fair...[read more]