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On Count Me In: Urban Greening and the Return of Primates in Kampala

great, thanks for it, i like it

June 29, 2015    View Comment    

On The Golf Industries Role in Water Conservation

Water supply is the most important resource that every single person and other living things need on a daily basis. That is why conservation means and methods are very important. This is to ensure that we will be able to continue to possess this particular natural resource in an ample amount for a continuous period of time. There are many techniques that we can use over different periods of time and hopefully the efforts will gradually pay off in the long run.

October 24, 2013    View Comment    

On Carpooling to Campus [Infographic]

Carpooling is indeed a potential measure to address travel demand and of course, congestion. If only people realize the real value and savings that can be had using ride-sharing, trip making and travel demand management should have been different. You might want to take a look at Toronto's techy approach on this phenomenon - they got a mobile App for Android and iOS called SideCar.

February 22, 2013    View Comment    

On High-Speed Rail to the Future?


I agree with your overall conclusions, however we need to educate people on trains in general. 

In most areas people have not concept on the benefits of using trains, of the upsides and the advantages. 

We have to slowly begin to grow riders and understanding by developing and growing local transit and commuter trains.    

Commuter trains could using existing tracks and share them with freight (at least in the beginning) therefore system startup costs could be reasonable. Once the ridership has grown high speed will become a reality much quicker then you think.

February 15, 2013    View Comment    

On Sustainable Urban Transportation Is at the Heart of a Greener Future

Though Americans don't want to pay for the infrastructural amenities they desire for the present and future, they have indeed come to rely on certain features of government planning - at taxpayer expense - without always being aware those features are the result of their tax dollars.  Case-in-point is the massive subsidies for "free" parking around America in the form of extra-wide suburban-style streets, and big-box corporates being required through zoning requirements to provide a certain amount of parking places per built-square-footage, netting an un-holy mass of parking lots across America that only get to a maximum of 70% full on the busiest shopping day of the year.  To get to these big-box stores - that exist in virtually EVERY American town with more than 50,000 residents - extra wide roads are built into the hinterlands to make room for the space hungry corporate businesses that pride themselves and fool the public into thinking they are getting the best deal.  The roads, the parking, even a portion of the land and improvements are all subsidized by the government (read:  the American taxpayer).  SO, if Americans want the new metros and other fancy transit and complete-street packages for their cities, all at government (taxpayer) expense, who can blame them?  After all, that is precisely the arrangement of the past 60 years in the form of our massive roads building program.  Americans don't realize how much of the things (wide roads, access to big-box stores, etc) they have come to take for granted have actually been paid for by them - the ever faithful taxpayers.

January 28, 2013    View Comment    

On Sustainable Urban Transportation Is at the Heart of a Greener Future

Even in America, a country that prides itself on its ability to solve it's own problems, cities still look to Washington for their transportation funding - no doubt because the 1950's highway act, a federal policy that has dictated where most of the federal transportation money goes, has dominated the highway paradigm.  But New York mayor Michael Bloomberg shows all mayors that there is a common thread among all cities, that each city, though distinct from others even in the same region let alone the world, must depend on ITSELF for design and implementation of sustainable planning best practices.  San Francisco is a city noted for its innovations and now, with the existence of several local organizations devoted to improving the city through sustainable planning, has brought forth some practical examples of how local citizens can affect change - see the article centering around Parklets, a new type of mini-park pioneered in this city:

January 25, 2013    View Comment    

On The Beauty of Urban Planning from Space

Wow! Who would have thought that urban plans do look like this from a bird's perspective? It's amazing how those figures were formed and contribute to the inner beauty that can only be seen from above. I am new in this network but glad I found articles like this one. I am an urban planner and would love to feature this article in my blog - The Urban Walker.

December 13, 2012    View Comment    

On The Fringe Suburb Isn’t Dead- It’s Just Not Breathing

I'm quite preplexed that neither Leinberger or the writer of this piece even mention that energy prices were one of the core factors behind the rise and fall of exurban sprawl. Gas prices during the 1990s and early 2000s heyday of exurbia were the lowest they had ever been in US history (based on relative basis when considering adjustments inflation). When gas prices started to rise dramatically in 2005-2008, exurban real estate--nearly 100% car dependent--became the first dominos to fall in the US mortgage industry, setting off the carnage. I chronicled from 2008 onwards this relationshiop between exurban vs urban real estate values, correlated with energy prices.  Even when gas prices began to fall somewhat in 2008 and 2009, people still began driving less, rode public transportation more and used alternative forms of mobility (bicycles, walking), besides trending toward more urban, mixed-use living options. And that longer term behavior change is due to the recognition that climate change (including global/ national and local regulations) and energy price/ supply volatility are here to stay; considering these macro fundementals, along with demographics, very few communities will be able to ever make exurban real estate attractive again to commerical or individual investors.

You can read my chapter from the 2010 Post Carbon Reader, "The Death of Sprawl" here:

I also blogged about the exurban-urban real estate value-gas price relationship in 2009 on this and other sites as well



December 12, 2011    View Comment    

On Bicycles and Chickens: Tour de Coops 2011

It must've been so fun to watch suburbanites discover bikable Phoenix!  I am a huge fan of those pedestrian bridges, tight and steep and switchbacky as they are...Way better than biking through freeway on and off ramps.  I SO wish I could've done this ride, and really hope it happens next year.


December 6, 2011    View Comment    

On Sustainable Low-income Housing a First for South Africa

Wonderful to read about the efforts to lighten the burden of rates payments on low income earners. The City of Johannesburg Metro and Codevco (including Basil Read, Puma and Kopano) have also included solar power installations in the Cosmo City project.


December 5, 2011    View Comment    

On Occupy Amsterdam? How Mass Protests of Cars Fostered Dutch Cycling Policy

I have made my bicycle my primary transportation here in the USA, in disgust at the excessive costs imposed on both motor fuel and the automobiles themselves. While not everyone can live in a city where the bus system is tolerable or better and the mass transit and bicycle characteristics are good, I feel that our extensive addiction to automobiles has gone over the top and is bleeding us dry. Perhaps a return to nickel-iron battery powered short range electric cars backed up by a good AutoRail network with chargers would fix it, especially if wind and geothermal power is used for the chargers. Government meddling and associated fees have already killed off interest in future use of a car for me.

December 4, 2011    View Comment    

On Follow Up: Post Your Questions & Responses From "How To Save The Planet On A Budget"

Great webinar this morning!

I have two questions I did not get to ask, and I`m sure someone can answer more throughly without the time constraints of the webinar.

First, I wanted to address Will Coleman's assertion that fossil fuel remains cheap and plentiful- how does that fit with the growing belief that we have reached peak oil, and world production is slated to fall across the board? (see: Have we reached peak oil, or is it just the cost of extraction that leads to decreasing production forecasts? If the latter is the case, subsidies will play a huge role in our future energy mix (both reducing fossil fuel subsidies and raising renewables).

Second, I wanted to ask someone like Will Coleman or Kirk Edelman, from a policy persepective, what emissions reduction strategies investment firms prefer- market based (like C&T) or carbon taxes? Which creates more market opportunites and investor confidence?

Thank you once again for putting this conference together- I look forward to joining another one in the future!


Gabriel DeRita

[email protected]

November 30, 2011    View Comment