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

Hybrid Buses Threatened to Go Out of Circulation in Curitiba, Brazil

August 18th, 2015Posted by 

The criteria for sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction will stay within the urban mobility policies in Curitiba, Brazil, even after the State Court of Auditors (TCE) defended a recall of thirty hybrid buses. This and thirteen other decisions by the TCE depend on the evaluation by Curitiba’s public transport company, Urbs. However, regardless of […]

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August 05 2015

Are Bus & Bike Lanes Stealing Space from Motorists in São Paulo, Brazil?

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

The article from Sunday July 19th in the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo,” entitled “Haddad’s leadership takes 716 km (about 445 miles) of lanes from cars,” shows a data series that gives the impression that the leader of the largest city in Brazil has declared war on individual motorized transportation. However, some of the […]

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August 04 2015

Copenhagenize’s Most Cyclist-Friendly City Ranking Passes on Lyon, France

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

Copenhagenize, the Danish urban planning council agency specializing in bike culture and traffic, published the top twenty most cyclist-friendly cities. Whereas Nantes, France is ranked 7th and Paris is ranked 17th, Lyon does not even appear on the list.Why? The ranking has caused some irritation. Like every year, Copenhagenize, the Danish agency for urban cycling […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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July 22 2015

The Grid’s Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2015 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 22nd, 2015Posted by 

Global Site Plans’ The Grid is proud to bring the list of the Top 20 Architecture Website of 2015. For the fourth consecutive year, we’ve compiled the most visited websites that cover architecture, interior design and home improvements and highlighted their best features. Our ratings are compiled with the helpful hand of Alexa Analytics. Have […]

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July 08 2015

The Grid’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2015 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

For the fourth year in a row, Global Site Plans’ The Grid is pleased to give you the list of the year’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites. These URL’s are for those passionate about making cities thriving, successful places to live, work, and play. Each site offers their own unique twist on the issues our […]

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July 07 2015

Police Officers Predict the End of UberPOP in Paris, France

July 7th, 2015Posted by 

“You are witnessing what is perhaps the end of UberPOP,” announces the police captain in charge of Parisian taxis, Thierry Pujol. On patrol in Paris, France since the beginning of the week, the force didn’t find any UberPOP drivers, cursed by taxi drivers and forbidden by the authorities. At the entrances to the Lyon and […]

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June 29 2015

Expo 2015′s Digital Ecosystems Project Spurs Tech Collaborations In Milan, Italy

June 29th, 2015Posted by 

E015 – Digital Ecosystem is part of Expo 2015′s Strategic Project, representing a collaboration between Expo 2015 and entrepreneurs, including various private and public entities. The project offers all regional companies, government agencies, associations, and others the opportunity to develop a new technology-based relationship ecosystem. They can achieve this by taking advantage of the opportunities created […]

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June 26 2015

French Train Service, SNCF, Appeals to Millennials with Crowdsourced Scheduling

June 26th, 2015Posted by 

There is no doubt that the SNCF (French National Train Service) is seeking to attract young people with its new marketing move, TGV pop. TGV pop is a 100% digital offer, with tariffs that vary between 25 and 35 euros; where the time of departure is entirely in the hands of Internet users. How does it […]

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June 23 2015

Brussels, Belgium Launches Development of Pedestrian Boulevards

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The future pedestrian boulevards of the Brussels City Center will be the stage for recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer. Officially, the date of pedestrianization of the space opened June 29th. The city kicked-off the launch with a series of events related to being a pedestrian, led by a performance by the “Standing Man,” a giant wicker marionette standing […]

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June 22 2015

Call for All Artists! California’s Bay Bridge May Have a Life Beyond Demolition After All

June 22nd, 2015Posted by 

It has been announced that salvaged steel from the old Bay Bridge will be recycled into public art and incorporated into various history projects throughout California. Supervised by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the Bay Bridge Steel Program was created in response to the community’s growing concerns surrounding the fate of the pieces from […]

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June 19 2015

Handlebars Invented For Handicapped Cyclists in Châlons-en-Champagne, France

June 19th, 2015Posted by 

With their mini-entreprise, the students of Étienne Oehmichen High School, located in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, developed a handlebar that would make using a bike easier for people who have lost the use of a hand or an arm. “We could have made keychains and earned money, but we preferred to do something useful, and so we’re taking […]

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June 17 2015

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Paulo by opening more space for bicycles and constructing garages close to metro and train stations. […]

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June 16 2015

What Areas of Strasbourg, France Do Cyclists Fear Most?

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Certain cyclists move with caution while biking around Strasbourg, France. The fear of getting into an accident seizes them particularly at certain roads and intersections. As of yet, Eurométropole has put out surveys about everyday bike rides (which went up 23% between 1997 and 2009), yet it has not yet mapped out accident-prone zones of the […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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June 04 2015

Living in Montreal, Quebec’s Suburbs Without A Car: Is It Possible?

June 4th, 2015Posted by 

When families move to the suburbs, they don’t always calculate in the cost of the second car they will need for travel – unless, they decide to go without. Charles-Antoine could not imagine his life without two cars when he decided to move to Chambly, Quebec, Canada with his family. “I faced the traffic day […]

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June 03 2015

Three Ways Baltimore City, Maryland Suffers from Parking Woes

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Good urban planning requires forward thinking as well as learning from past successes and failures. Urban planning ideals are steadily evolving, and past practices have created dicey results that today’s planners are still grappling with. In particular, decades of parking policy are increasingly being questioned in many cities, including Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore’s zoning code, including requirements for off-street parking, went […]

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June 02 2015

Electric Scooters and Wheelchairs Now Subject to Motorists Laws in Magog, Quebec

June 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Beginning June 1st, 2015, electric mobility scooters, trikes, and other motorized wheelchairs will be subject to the laws governing driving, the same as other users of the road in Magog, Quebec, Canada. Transport Quebec just publicly revealed its pilot project aimed at supervising the conduct of these vehicles that together are labelled as AAM (from […]

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May 29 2015

Baltimore, Maryland’s Transportation Options Minimizes School Choice Opportunities

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

Baltimore City, Maryland’s school-age population is roughly 90,000, with about 185 public or charter schools that enroll based on neighborhood, academic criteria, school choice, lottery, or specialization. The mix of school types and enrollment practices in Baltimore City means greater opportunities for students regardless of their home address or lack thereof. However, much of the opportunity brought on by school choice is […]

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