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Why Feelings Matter Most with Citizens and Their Cities

November 12, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Ask your kid who goes to Disney World and doesn’t like Mickey or Cinderella Castle. All they want to do is ride Space Mountain a bunch of times. That’s right. They’d rather go on a ride that strips away your sense of knowing where you are going and makes you trust your other four senses.[read more]

Why Soil Compaction Kills Street Trees

October 22, 2015 by Shane Carpani

There are many considerations that must be accounted for when planting street trees in our cities. One important point being soil compaction. It is critical to determine site environment and soil conditions in order to mitigate the potential constraints of soil compaction, in order to create healthy tree planting conditions.[read more]

Plum Creek CEO Honored for Leadership and Advocacy by SFI

The Sustainability Forestry Initiative (SFI) recognized Rick Holley, the CEO of Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Company, this month for his longstanding work in illustrating how wood that’s produced from responsibly managed forests ultimately benefits our communities.[read more]

WE TEST: Big Data – Small Actions

October 6, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The WE TEST approach involves the use of data and experimentation to achieve citizen involvement, build the case for pedestrian and public space schemes and fast track implementation.[read more]

Each Street Redevelopment Is a Chance for the City

September 30, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Often cities trust in engineers’ or architects’ knowledge to design the public realm. But is it possible to do a good job without walking and experiencing the street?[read more]

Why Chicago is Selling Parking Lots

September 24, 2015 by Metropolitan Planning Council

Earlier this month, the City of Chicago announced that it would sell four city-owned parking lots in River North, one of the city’s fastest-growing and most popular neighborhoods. The lots are located within a few blocks of the Chicago Transit Authority “Chicago” station on the Brown and Purple Lines, just north of Merchandise Mart.[read more]

The Invisible Design Features of Cities

September 22, 2015 by CC Huang

To the untrained eye, beautiful skylines, impressive subway systems, and lively public parks characterize great cities. However, there are also a number of invisible design features that characterize the best cities – urban growth boundaries, transit-oriented development, walking and biking pathway density, and small blocks are among the most important of these design features.[read more]


How Smart Growth Puts California on the Path to 2030 Climate Success

September 9, 2015 by Christopher Busch

California Climate Change Action

California wants to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Smart growth policies would help the state achieve this target,save the government billions on infrastructure and health costs, and save residents thousands annually in transportation costs, all while empowering economic growth and housing equality.[read more]

Times Square Debate Lays Bare the Importance of Proactive Public Space Management

August 21, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Mayor Bill de Blasio caused quite a stir around New York City yesterday as he floated the idea of tearing up the pedestrian plaza in Times Square. This statement was the culmination of several days of debate centered around predatory panhandling and the square’s growing number of “street performers.”[read more]

3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density

Cities faced with rapidly growing populations should turn to zoning and land-use planning to create dense, urban areas. Singapore, for example, implemented inclusionary zoning to help working class residents afford homes near the city center. (Photo Niels de Vries / Flickr)

Where would you feel safer walking alone at 3 A.M: a busy, heavily trafficked street, or a loosely populated section of a sprawling city? Most people would likely choose the former. Indeed, higher population densities can make city streets feel safer at all hours—while also fostering commercial activity and giving cities an attractive, bustling character.[read more]

Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians

India and Road Safety


Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving India the distinction of having the highest number of road accident victims in the world. As our country continues to motorize exponentially, this problem will only grow– unless we make urgent and far-reaching changes to our road safety approach.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]