May 10 2013

Biking in the Motor City: How Detroit, Michigan is Returning to Its Roots

May 10th, 2013Posted by 

Maybe one of the biggest surprises you’ll find in Detroit is the presence of a great bike culture. This is surprising for two main reasons: Detroit is the Motor City: a major part of your associations with Detroit deal with the auto industry here, and the impacts of the industry’s elite on transportation and infrastructure […]

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May 02 2013

Stadiums: Making the Most of Space

May 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Roaring crowds, bright lights, and elaborate shows are all part of the visceral human feeling we have at stadiums. For a long time, people have been fascinated by the experience of large performances. These concerts and sporting events, as well as their buildings, are essential components of the human experience. Looking at one of our […]

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May 01 2013

BART’s Oakland Airport Connector Finally Nears Completion

May 1st, 2013Posted by 

After nearly 40 years of discussion and planning, the connection between BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Oakland Airport is finally nearing completion. Like most transportation infrastructure projects (especially those in the Bay Area) this 3.2-mile, $484.1 million connector faced numerous obstacles, delays, and controversy even after construction broke ground in October 2011. Those […]

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April 25 2013

Close But No Cigar: A Review of James S. Russell’s The Agile City

April 25th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years we have begun to feel the effects of climate change the world over. In America, hurricanes like Superstorm Sandy and Katrina brought urban areas to their knees, killing people, destroying communities, and causing untold billions in damage. In this context, urban analyst and historian James S. Russell’s book The Agile City calls […]

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April 23 2013

Dolmus and Minibus Map Development Assistant (Istanbul, Turkey): Application Deadline Extended to May 24, 2013

April 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Seeking urban planning, geography, mapping, and/or transportation students who are interested in mapping dolmus and minibus data across Istanbul. There are sixteen available positions, eight for the European side and eight for the Asian side of Istanbul. Key responsibilities: Report to the Dolmus and Minibus Route Development Manager Interview dolmus and minibus coordinators to ensure […]

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April 16 2013

Cross-border Transportation: Moving between Canada and the United States

April 16th, 2013Posted by 

I travel to the United States. Like most Canadian cities, Montreal sits just one hour from the American border, and just six hours (by car) from New York City. However, it is not all that easy a trek to make. One can, of course, drive. However, as I am not a car-owner, my remaining options […]

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April 14 2013

Seeking Spring 2013 Internship Applications: Environmental Design Blogger

April 14th, 2013Posted by 

Do you have a unique specialty in the field of environmental design? Do you currently live in a town or city that has not/or is currently not being covered by another blogger? Have you successfully managed social media platforms? Do you have a passion for writing and want to learn how to successfully blog? If […]

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April 12 2013

League of American Bicyclists: Is the University of Michigan Deserving of Bronze Bike-Friendly Status?

April 12th, 2013Posted by 

I recently explored the bike-friendly status bestowed upon the University of Michigan and its town Ann Arbor by the League of American Bicyclists. A general consensus on their respective bronze and silver-level ratings is that there is room for improvement. An interesting way to look at the bike community in Ann Arbor is to consider […]

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April 10 2013

A Makeover for a Lively, But Car-Dependent Shopping Center

April 10th, 2013Posted by 

Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville’s forward-looking, 2030 draft “Growth Vision” imagines the city’s evolution: the sprawling, car-dependent home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base – characterized by its bedroom communities, “big box” stores, and chain restaurants – will grow into a city of walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Is this feasible? Perhaps. The Expansive Cross Creek […]

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April 09 2013

Florida’s Most Well-Connected Cities

April 9th, 2013Posted by 

For decades, Amtrak has been the only train system to serve most Florida cities, save for Miami. In the coming years, however, residents and visitors to the Sunshine State can expect a more extensive and much more connected Florida-wide rail network. Here are six examples of Florida cities that are climbing on board: Jacksonville Despite […]

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April 05 2013

Transit-Oriented Developments are One Answer to Austin’s Growth Need

April 5th, 2013Posted by 

As Austin, Texas strives to grow as a more environmentally and socially sustainable city, it has turned to Smart Growth principles to obtain its growth goals. One way in which the city has met this challenge is through the implementation of Transit-Oriented Developments, or TODs. The principles are transit-centric and consist of the following: ●     […]

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April 02 2013

Cars as the New Cholesterol of Buenos Aires’ Veins

April 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Buenos Aires has a saturated transportation system and, due to this factor, the population’s quality of life is on the decline. The main cause of this collapsing system is the disproportionate participation of the private car. The total amount of movement in the city via private car reaches almost forty percent of total movement per […]

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April 02 2013

Aging Among Friends: The Need To Make Cities Places For The Young– And The Aging

April 2nd, 2013Posted by 

As in many cities, Montreal has a need to create neighborhoods in which residents are able to age in place. Many of Montreal’s suburban areas are places where families settle in, children grow up, and parents continue to live their lives until they become elderly. Unfortunately, this environment may become difficult to those entering old […]

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April 01 2013

Are Daylight Conditions of Hospitals Important in the Design Process?

April 1st, 2013Posted by 

When we wake up in the morning and the weather is sunny and warm, don’t we feel more happy and eager to go out and face everyday life? Imagine a patient that stays in a hospital room for many days. If they wake up in a room full of sunshine, surely they feel more relaxed […]

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March 29 2013

Go Blue on a Bus: Subsidizing Public Transit at the University Level

March 29th, 2013Posted by 

Even on a university campus neatly integrated into downtown, University of Michigan students still find themselves sprawled out across the city. The University’s three Ann Arbor campuses stretch across the city: South Campus houses athletic buildings, Central Campus is home to most of the University’s academic colleges, and North Campus is a retreat for art, […]

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March 21 2013

Unleashing Economic Potential with Public Transit: The Future of Vancouver, British Columbia’s Broadway Corridor

March 21st, 2013Posted by 

Is rapid transit a key factor to unleashing a city’s economic potential? A new report from accounting giant KPMG indicates that this is certainly the case for Vancouver, British Columbia’s Broadway Corridor. The Corridor is a ten-kilometer stretch of roadway that spans the length between historic Commercial Drive and the largest university in Vancouver, the […]

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February 26 2013

Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Florida: Bringing Together Culture and Sustainability

February 26th, 2013Posted by 

Why has downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park been closed for the past few years? Because city officials, architects, and construction crews are working tirelessly on the city’s most exciting new bayside destination: Miami’s Museum Park. During the next two years, Bicentennial Park will reemerge as Museum Park, with two new museums and a reimagined transit stop. […]

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February 21 2013

Democratizing Urban Design: A Public Square for Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

February 21st, 2013Posted by 

Vancouver, British Columbia can only be described as picturesque; mountain framed and seaside, the city begs to be photographed and experienced by tourists and locals alike. Along with the gorgeous scenery and temperate climate has arisen a high demand for real estate in the downtown peninsula, which has gradually resulted in a real lack of […]

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February 19 2013

A New Bike Coalition in Montréal, Canada

February 19th, 2013Posted by 

Montreal is awash with bicycling advocacy groups. In recent months another group has formed: the Montreal Bike Coalition, an initiative of the Mile End neighbourhood community organization “Ruepublique” (literally, public street). The Bike Coalition aims to connect all the grassroots cycling organizations and citizen cyclists, with a focus on utilitarian cycling, while not replicating the […]

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February 18 2013

Blazing Trails in Buena Vista, Colorado

February 18th, 2013Posted by 

As discussed in a previous post, Revamping the Riverfront, residents of Colorado like to stay active. Whether it is public or private open space, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, or another outdoor activity, Colorado doesn’t lack opportunity. Recently, the town of Buena Vista has taken steps to strengthen its local trails system. First, one must realize […]

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