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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

How Melbourne Reinvented Itself One Block At a Time [Video]

June 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Melbourne street life

Melbourne is famous in urbanist circles for the revitalization of its central area. In 1992, 40% of the buildings were empty above the first floor and only 5 residents actually lived in the core. Today, there are over 29,000 residents in the central area and Melbourne has become revered around the world for its vibrant public spaces and innovative laneway repurposing.[read more]

What's the Point of Taking the Tour de France to a City That Already Cycles?

June 29, 2015 by Mark K Ames

See cycles by cycle or car?

This Saturday the Tour de France is starting in the Dutch city of Utrecht. It's a compact and charming university city stuffed with cycle tracks and people on bikes. So, in a city that already has a mainstream cycling culture, will the Grand Depart be all of that big deal for the Dutch?[read more]

How Campaigners Won High Quality Cycling Lanes for London – and What's Next

June 25, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Cycling heaven in London

As construction in London's centre begins of high quality cycle routes for the first time, we assess how we got to this point, and ask "what happens next"?[read more]

How Transit-Oriented Development Benefits Local Economies

Putting people first

Urbanization can be an opportunity to change how cities are planned, making them more sustainable, people-centered places. Rethinking current patterns of expansion for a more compact and connected model can expand employment opportunity, access to quality public spaces, the supply of sustainable transport, and enhance economic activity.[read more]

How To Make a City Much More for People and Less for Cars – Enrique Peñalosa

Former mayor of Bogota Enrique Penalosa.

"We did what nobody else would have done. We have made a city much more for people and less for cars." Enrique Peñalosa, Bogota’s former mayor, will come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 9 for the Mayors´ Summit. Here is an interview[read more]

How To Build Light Rail in Our Cities Without Emptying the Public Purse

June 24, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Light rail – perfectly integrated

An exploration of the way forward for light rail reveals it is pertinent to the future of urban development, but the challenge is how to pay for it. Will embracing the public-private partnership financing model get rail infrastructure off the ground?[read more]

Is a Confusing Pricing Structure Limiting the Growth of Bikesharing?

June 23, 2015 by Shareable .

Confusing for some.

As bikesharing grows, so do studies about users. A new one on the casual rider's perspective has found two areas of weakness: station location and overall number; and pricing. Most North American bikesharing programs follow the "buffet model," introduced in Lyon in 2005. Should they adopt a different one?[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]

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]

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]

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]