January 16 2015

Bordeaux, France Makes Plans to Execute its Energy Transition

January 16th, 2015Posted by 

On January 12th, the Economic and Sustainable Development committees of the French Senate traveled to Bordeaux, the capital of the Gironde department. The trip was made in light of the debate around the country’s Energy Transition Bill. Over the past five years, the policies instated by Bordeaux’s Mayor, Alain Juppé, have considerably reduced the city’s […]

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January 13 2015

In Nice, France, Construction of a Second Tram Line Speeds Along

January 13th, 2015Posted by 

Nice, France is expecting to accelerate the construction of its second tramway line, which will run from east to west across the city. Two thousand and fifteen will be a transitional period. Notably, a committee has been created to offer damages to businesses affected by construction. It has also be announced that there are plans to […]

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January 07 2015

Is Suburban the Answer?: Jobs / Housing Balance in Inland Empire, California

January 7th, 2015Posted by 

Take a close look at an aerial map of Riverside County from a couple of years ago, and you will notice some strange crop-circle-like formations. These weren’t created by extraterrestrial life, but are in fact stalled single-family home developments, whose eerie, empty, post-apocalyptic streets contain signs displaying new home prices from nearly a decade ago. […]

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January 05 2015

Connecticut Municipalities Mandated to Join Regional Planning Authorities

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

Unlike most of the United States, Connecticut has no system of county governance. While a regional, “county” government once existed (ceasing in 1960), it didn’t hold much power and had very few functions. Under the laws of the state constitution, 169 towns hold powers similar to that of a city and manage their own administration. To […]

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December 18 2014

Three Phase Cable Car System to Lift Burden from New York City Subway System

December 18th, 2014Posted by 

A New York developer is proposing building several urban cable car lines between Brooklyn and Manhattan in order to stem the growing congestion of the subway lines that run through the heart of the city. The idea of an urban cable car in New York is not new. The Big Apple has actually had its […]

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December 12 2014

Learning to Ride a Bike Isn’t Child’s Play: Montreuil, France’s Six-Level Bike School

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily. Because not everyone learns to ride a bike at the same time, there are now numerous bike schools where one can learn to sit atop a two-wheeler with the help of specialized teachers. This is precisely the case with the bike school […]

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December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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December 01 2014

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city. This district off the bay was once home […]

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November 28 2014

Is Riverside County to Blame for its “Smog Belt” & Failing Air Quality?

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Smog knows no jurisdictional bounds, and there are few better examples of this than in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The brown haze that forms over the area in the summer time has given San Bernardino and Riverside counties names such as the “SMOG Belt,” and although it has improved in recent years, air […]

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November 20 2014

Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case

November 20th, 2014Posted by 

If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,” who are set to expand the cohort of seniors over the course of the coming decades like never before, to urban centers.  In spite of analyses that […]

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November 18 2014

Peace Footbridge in Geneva: A Flagship Element of the Secheron Neighborhood

November 18th, 2014Posted by 

Officially inaugurated on Sept. 22, 2014, the Peace Footbridge constitutes a key element in Geneva’s Secheron neighborhood. Designed by the architect Pierre-Alain Dupraz (in partnership with Laurent Chablais, CP civil engineers SA), it crosses over the railroad pathways, in such a way offering a new connection between the Place des Nations and the lakefront. The […]

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November 14 2014

Benefits and Challenges of Walking & Biking in Riverside County, California

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

In August, the California Department of Transportation announced funding awards for the first round of the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP funds walking and biking projects, illustrating that active transportation can be a significant component of a more efficient transportation future. Health benefits of active transportation are obvious – less driving, less stress, more […]

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November 13 2014

Dedicated Funding for Bike Infrastructure Withdrawn in Porto Alegre, Brazil

November 13th, 2014Posted by 

The creation of the Municipal Fund to Support the Implementation of the Cicloviário System (FMASC) has been discussed since April, when the City Council of Porto Alegre presented two bills related to the topic. The story came to an end on Thursday (10/30), when the City published the Official Version of Complementary Law 744 (LC), […]

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November 13 2014

Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing

November 13th, 2014Posted by 

We estimate that a car in Montreal spends ninety-five percent of its time parked every week. In this context, self-service cars could contribute to reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and their deployment should be encouraged, believe researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique, [stating so] in a memo jotted down in the framework of the […]

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November 06 2014

Motorcycle Taxis and Buses Duke it out in Rio de Janiero’s Rochinha Favela

November 6th, 2014Posted by 

Only three bus lines (537, 538, 539) serve the residents of Rocinha, in Rio’s South Zone, one of the largest favelas in Latin America. While the IBGE says the favela had 70,000 inhabitants in the 2010 census, the residents who live there say there are 200,000 people, while the Data Favela census estimates the population […]

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November 05 2014

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces

November 5th, 2014Posted by 

In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain are not blind to the city’s flaws, but choose to work through changes that come to pass in their neighborhoods. Conversely, new residents are bringing in new perspectives in urban design to make the city what they want it to be. While most residents file 311 complaints, use wishful thinking, or relying on […]

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November 04 2014

Southern Brazilian City Canoas Builds Aeromóvel

November 4th, 2014Posted by 

After the inauguration of the first aeromóvel (elevated train) in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2013, Canoas is the first city to count the vehicle as an alternative form of public transport. Earlier this month, the city of Canoas and the Ministry of Cities signed a contract that allows bidding for section 1 of the aeromóvel, which will […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 28 2014

The Minhocão Highway Demolision and the Parks of São Paulo, Brazil

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the approval of the new Urban Master Plan, the debates on the future of Minhocão Highway of Sao Paulo, Brazil have intensified. That’s because the plan provides “a gradual restriction of motorized individual transport on elevated highways” and “its complete deactivation as a traffic lane, including its demolition or a partial or full transformation into a park.” […]

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October 28 2014

Rue Saint-Merri, Paris Considers Pedestrian-Only Corridor

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

During the last Council meeting of the Saint-Merri neighborhood, in Paris, France, Julien Landel, the Assistant to the Mayor who oversees neighborhood councils announced the following regarding Rue Saint-Merri, at the location of the school by the same name: “Parallel to the option we retained in June (the overhang of the roadway underpass, widening of […]

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