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August 19 2015

Curitiba, Brazil Installs Facial Detection Software on Bus Card Readers

August 19th, 2015Posted by 

Curitiba Transit Authority Urbs has begun to install transit card readers with facial recognition software. The equipment uses data of riders who use the “isento” pass (for elderly and people with disabilities), to help prevent fraud. Whenever there is a discrepancy between the image of the user stored in the Urbs database and the image […]

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August 18 2015

Government Providing Carpool Lots to Increase Carpooling in Lille, France

August 18th, 2015Posted by 

Amongst all the studies and projects launched for the purpose of avoiding overcongestion on the roads, carpooling is one of the easiest solutions to put into place. In fact, 20 lots dedicated to carpooling are now provided in Lille Métropole, France. The activity zone in Neuville-en-Ferrain seems especially attuned to new trends in green transportation. […]

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August 17 2015

Construction Continues on Lezennes Station in Lille, France

August 17th, 2015Posted by 

In the coming weeks, construction will once again be seen at Lezennes Station. In fact, work never actually stopped, but had to go back to the engineering consulting office. After the first phase of underground construction and reinforcement, building operations are returning to the surface in order to create two new points of access to […]

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August 17 2015

Absense of Iconic Yellow Tram in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Cripples Local Economy

August 17th, 2015Posted by 

Sitting on a stool on the sidewalk near the Largo dos Guimarães plaza in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Arnaudo Comes de Souza observed a road taken by construction. It was around lunchtime on a Wednesday. Without customers to welcome, the owner of one of the most traditional restaurants of Santa Teresa, […]

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August 14 2015

Upgraded Rickshaws Tracking Air Quality in Marseille, France

August 14th, 2015Posted by 

In Marseille, France the news regularly reminds us of the consequences of air pollution, particularly the repercussions of the now, sadly famous, PM2.5 particles (particles in the air that are less than 2.5 micrometers in size, the smallest of which can penetrate our lungs). According to a recent study done by the Marseille Provence Métropole, […]

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August 11 2015

3 Objectives Guide the Makeover of Paris, France’s Champ de Mars

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

It’s time to start two years of work! As part of a joint operation between the Métropole and the City of Lille, Paris, France’s “Champ de Mars” (Field of March) esplanade begins its metamorphosis. This reclassification includes the creation of two parking zones at the north and south ends with a large amount of green […]

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August 11 2015

Invigorate Montreal, Quebec’s Viger Square Rather than Raze It to the Ground

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

An “informational public meeting” on revamping Viger Square of Montreal, Quebec, on June 16 allowed for the re-emergence of a variety of strong oppositional forces to the demolition and redevelopment project for Viger Square’s Daudelin Islet. Everyone was in agreement: the City’s will to demolish and alter the works of Charles Daudelin was moved. First […]

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August 11 2015

The Suburbs Copy Montreal, Canada In Order to Compete with It

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

Public pianos, self-service bikes, street food trucks … the suburbs are drawing more and more inspiration from Montreal. This summer, several projects born in the metropolis are being launched in the surrounding suburbs. The objective is to retain the consumer-residents. “We have plenty of nice activities, there’s no reason to go elsewhere to benefit from […]

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August 10 2015

Construction Site in Montreal, Canada Serving as Temporary Vegetable Gardens

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

Vegetable gardens have been established on the future site of the science complex of The University of Montreal, located in the former Outrement Sorting Yard. While awaiting the start of the construction work on the easternmost part of the site, the locale is serving as a veritable urban agriculture laboratory for five organizations. Now that […]

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August 10 2015

World Access to Modern Energy Shines the Light on the Energy Gap at Expo 2015

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

WAME & Expo 2015 is an association founded by eight leading European energy companies (A2A, Enel,eni, Edison,Eon, Gas Natural Italia, Engie, and Tenaris) and the organizers of Expo 2015. With the help of the founding companies, WAME promotes projects that focus on solving issues related to the modern-day energy gap. WAME also tries to increase awareness of the consequences faced by a large […]

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August 07 2015

Handicap Accessibility and Cultural Heritage in Mayenne and Nantes, France

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

While seeing a wheelchair coming through the meandering paths of a fortified castle would have seemed a bit crazy a few years ago, our historic buildings have made progress in regards to accessibility. The respect of the law is not the only thing at stake (remember that all public buildings must be accessible or have […]

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August 04 2015

Brazil’s President Rousseff Announces Major Logistics Infrastructure Investment Plan

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

The new stage of the Logistics Investment Program (PIL), launched on June 9, 2015 by the Brazilian government, provides concessions for sixteen stretches of highway and six railways, totaling R$ 152.5 billion in these areas. The government intends to hold five auctions for the the highways in 2015 and eleven more in 2016. The plan […]

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August 03 2015

Plans to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Jordan Downs now in Jeopardy over Federal Money

August 3rd, 2015Posted by 

In March of 2014, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) learned that it would not receive a $30-million Choice Neighborhoods federal grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The decision represented a setback in the revitalization of the Jordan Downs housing project. It was also the cause […]

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July 31 2015

7 Neighborhoods Selected for Urban Renewal in Lille, France

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

The French Ministry of the City (Ministere de la ville) announced in December 2014 that seven neighborhoods out of the ten proposed in the Lille metropolitan area had been selected by the National Agency for Urban Renovation (Agence nationale pour la rénovation urbaine) for the New National Program of Urban Renewal (Nouveau programme national de […]

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July 31 2015

Government Responds to Displaced as Flooding Worsens in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

Despite the rain intensity decreasing, municipalities in the Western Frontier [of Rio Grande do Sul state] remain on alert due to the flooding of the Uruguay River. In São Borja, the water level was 11 meters above normal as of Thursday night on July 16. Civil Defense estimates that over 120 families have been forced to […]

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July 31 2015

In Verberie, France, An Intergenerational Residence Leads to Debate

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

Discussions are underway amongst elected officials in Verberie, France. Is it wise to create an intergenerational residence? “The initial feedback is mostly positive,” assures Michel Arnould, the Mayor of this commune of 4,000 residents. The final decision will be made at the beginning of the school year, during the next session of the municipal council. […]

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July 30 2015

Help From the Region In Order to Reinvigorate Delle, France’s City Center

July 30th, 2015Posted by 

Under the rays of the sun, the Delle, France city center and Raymond Forni Square is a small town center the way we like them. Pretty and classic with its outdoor cafe seating, its little fountain, and the business owner who gossips with her friends on the doorstep of her store. A nice photo which, after all, […]

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July 28 2015

Amiens, France Prioritizes Social Housing Lease-Ownership Program

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

The French government hopes to facilitate the construction of social housing by giving land to local communities and social landlords at a low price. Jean-Christophe Loric, Deputy to the Mayor of Amiens in charge of urban planning and housing and President of OPAC de la Somme, explains the social housing situation in the Picardy capital. […]

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July 27 2015

France Considers Terminating Kilometric Allowance for Bike Commuters

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

It happened on May 21, 2015 at a meeting of the National Assembly in Paris, France. While examining the laws on the ongoing energy transition, the deputies began a debate on a surprising amendment introduced by the Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal. This amendment sought to terminate the kilometric allowance accorded by employers to workers who choose […]

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July 27 2015

Expo 2015 Highlights Italy’s Diverse Regional Food Culture & Identities

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

If there is one thing that you ought to know about Italians, it is that they are very particular about the way they cook, what they eat, how they eat it, and in which order each dish is eaten. I live in a house full of Italians, which means I gain a daily education in […]

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