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In a time of uncertainty mayors can fix our environment

November 29, 2016 by Tom Oliver Payne

We can all agree that global politics is demoralising right now. Intelligence and logic is being pushed aside to make way for unfounded arguments, scaremongering rhetoric and media manipulation. While it doesn’t appear to good news for our environment, politicians at the local level can help. But they need all the support they can get.[read more]

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Moving stuff efficiently through our cities

November 17, 2016 by Karin Kloosterman

The moment comes when you are standing in gridlock traffic in the middle of your city. You realize: I am the traffic and the traffic is me. Looking around, however, it's not just people moving around people. It's people moving all of our stuff. UPS, Purolator, bike couriers, trucks vans and delivery merchants of all shapes and sizes. Big...[read more]

Comstock, Stratford Capital Group plan transit-oriented housing near DC

November 17, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Comstock Homes of Washington is teaming up with real estate investment company Stratford Capital Group on a transit-oriented, multifamily project located near a key Maryland suburban station in Washington, DC's Metro rail system.The proposed four-story building will contain 110 workforce-housing units atop two levels of...[read more]

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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]

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]

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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]

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]

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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]

Is Car-Sharing the Future for Young Drivers?

June 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover
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I have been thinking lately about the value of owning a car vs car-sharing. With the cost of car payments and car insurance added to the costs of owning a home and paying for childcare, it really stacks up - even if you have a decent household income.A  recent study by Modo, Vancouver’s carsharing co-operative, and Insight West,...[read more]

Can transit-oriented development change travel behavior in cities?

It is pretty easy to understand how and why land use patterns around public transit stations can influence the way we move around the city.As more and more people live and work in a neighborhood with a limited land area, it becomes increasingly challenging to drive around without encountering congestion or to find a parking space...[read more]

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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 23, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

Light rail and college campuses: perfect matrimony

March 21, 2016 by Timothy Boscarino

The University of Michigan recently released its plans for the Ann Arbor Connector: a proposed light rail transit system that would connect U-M’s three campus hubs--north, central and south campus within the City of Ann Arbor.AA Connector Proposed Route MapRoute map from aaconnector.comThe questions about where, when and how much have...[read more]