September 26 2014

In Montreal, Bus Drivers Demand a Law Prohibiting Bicyclists in Protected Lanes

September 26th, 2014Posted by 

Exasperated by the presence of cyclists in the streets’ protected lanes, the bus drivers of Montreal denounce the “inaction” of police officers in a petition. They demand the creation of a law that expressly forbids bikers to ride in lanes reserved for buses during peak hours. Driver Jency Mercier, who works for the Transportation Society […]

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September 23 2014

Limiting Cars & Transforming Brussels’ Saint-Lazare Square into an Esplanade

September 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Saint-Lazare Square in Brussels, Belgium will soon become Esplanade Saint-Lazare. In July, the Saint-Josse commune submitted a request for an urban planning permit that would allow for the redevelopment of the area. This project has been in the works for several years under the “Meridien of Brussels” neighborhood contract. A master plan was requested to […]

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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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September 22 2014

The View at High Tide: Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel New Walkway and Pier

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The high tides of September 2014 are an ideal opportunity to discover the new bridge built by Dietmar Feicthtinger Architects, which was opened to pedestrians in July. In several months, after the disappearance of the old causeway, the famous rocky island of Mont Saint-Michel will definitively recover its maritime character. On September 9th at 8:21 […]

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September 15 2014

Laval, Quebec, Canada: Far From Being a Model of Active Transportation

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

While the majority of Laval’s residents go to work by automobile, Florent Dufort leaves his house on bike every morning in order to go to work in the Quartier des spectacles neighborhood in downtown Montreal. “In Laval, people are not prone to use bikes and those who do so are seen as strange,” says Dufort […]

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September 12 2014

Marseille, France: The Day the Bus Triumphed over Traffic

September 12th, 2014Posted by 

The TGB (an acronym meaning “very large bus”) was launched on Monday Sept. 1st in the 15th and especially in the 13th districts of Marseille, France. There, the bus lanes will finally be protected: a small revolution. Guy Teissier, head of the Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole, will quietly celebrate this small revolution on Monday […]

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September 09 2014

300 Days of Sun and Flat Terrain: What’s Keeping Athens, Greece from Biking?

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

The increase of cycling in a city like Athens – or for instance Milan, Paris, London, Barcelona, Bucharest and other modern cities – makes sense and has merit, as it is associated with the sustainability of the city. When speaking about cycling in the city, we refer to some citizens’ choice to use a means of transport […]

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September 02 2014

The 18 Axes of the Intervention Plan to Upgrade the Center of Athens, Greece

September 2nd, 2014Posted by 

A project regarding the abandoned buildings in Athens is being conducted in the framework of the first Integrated Urban Intervention Plan for Athens by the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change and the University of Thessaly. The master plan includes 18 axes of action and will be formalized with a Ministerial order to obtain legal status, […]

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August 27 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.” They have elevated […]

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August 27 2014

Has MARC Weekend Train Service Benefited the Baltimore Region?

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service has long served commuters in central Maryland. Before last year, MARC trains along the Penn Line ran exclusively on weekdays to serve commuters working traditional 9-5 jobs in the Baltimore region. Riders with a less than traditional, weekend commute had to pay Amtrak’s $16 fares compared with MARC’s week day […]

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August 26 2014

Bordeaux, France Encouraging Public Transportation Users to Walk Instead of Ride?

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

In order to relieve congestion on downtown tramway lines, a marketing campaign plans to suggest that users of Bordeaux’s TBC choose to walk between certain stations. It’s the world turned upside down: a public transportation operator inciting its customers to walk rather than use the tramway! This is what Keolis, manager of the TBC network […]

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August 26 2014

Leaving the Public in the Dark: Proposals for Bike Lanes in São Paulo, Brazil

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Movements for improving public transport began a few years ago in São Paulo, with groups advocating for better conditions for non-motorized transport including bicycles and pedestrian pathways. Now these movements have finally been galvanized by a radical change in the predominant model of mobility in the city. Major congestion, accidents and traffic deaths – including thirty-five cyclist deaths – […]

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August 13 2014

Can The City Of Baltimore, Maryland Use Tech Hacks To Solve Community Issues?

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, two sources where data can be searched and mined for […]

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August 12 2014

A “Better Market Street:” The Revitalization Plans for San Francisco’s City Center

August 12th, 2014Posted by 

Market Street serves as the primary artery of San Francisco serving to filter hoards of pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars through its corridor. Despite the daily quarter of a million people using transit, over 200,000 pedestrians walking its corridor, and thousands of cyclists on the street, Market continues to fall short as a destination point for […]

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August 04 2014

Casablanca, Morocco to Extend Tramway Service and Abandon Aerial Metro

August 4th, 2014Posted by 

During a meeting held on July 24, the City Council of Casablanca voted to abandon the project for an overhead aerial metro in favor of expanding the tramway system, which began service in 2012. These works will require 16 million dirhams in total, or about 1.9 million US dollars. After the inauguration of the thirty-one kilometer […]

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July 30 2014

Students Envision a Future Transportation Corridor for Strasbourg, Alsace, France

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Envision a new urban corridor between Strasbourg’s local airport and the European Parliament Building, also featuring a “European-Express.” That is just one of the ideas dreamt up by prize-winning urban planning students for a contest entitled “Strasbourg 2050.” They are formulating projects suitable for the lofty aims of this competition, which is to “imagine the city […]

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July 23 2014

Hacking the City: “Explore Everything” Book Review

July 23rd, 2014Posted by 

There is a feeling among many people that the city is built for others, that we may look at it but may not touch it, the spatial equivalent of an artifact in a glass case in a museum. (162) Explore Everything documents the adventures of Bradley Garrett, an urban explorer and researcher at the University […]

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July 23 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Kunal Matikiti in Melbourne, Australia

July 23rd, 2014Posted by 

My internship at The Grid has been nothing short of amazing, particularly in how it challenged me to see and experience Melbourne in ways that I previously did not know. Working with The Grid provided the necessary motivation to explore the city, seeking the understanding of the city’s problems and successes. While working at an architecture firm at the same time as my internship, […]

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July 22 2014

A Look at the Positive Legacy of the World Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil

July 22nd, 2014Posted by 

It is not difficult to see the legacy of the World Cup for the city of Porto Alegre. In total, fourteen major transportation public works have been developed in different regions that will dramatically change traffic patterns. Four have already been delivered. In addition to these projects, the revitalization of public areas, investment in spaces for […]

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July 21 2014

The SFMOMA Expansion: Increasing Community Connection Through Transparency

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

Commonly, the most dreaded hurdle for architects is: How to address the site in a way which does not dismiss the surrounding urban fabric. Drawing in the occasional pedestrian would be a compliment, but it is not always that simple. A building’s connection with both city and site can often become clouded and disjointed with […]

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