SARAH GOODYEAR – OCT 23, 2015 Oakland tries a makeover for the humble sharrow. Consider, if you will, the lowly sharrow. This awkwardly named symbol, painted in bright white on asphalt, combines a bicycle and an arrow. It’s intended to indicate that a lane should be … Continue reading Can the Least-Loved Bike Infrastructure Be Improved?
Can We Just Call This a Bus? LAURA BLISS – NOV 8, 2017 It’s the shape of a swoopy modern streetcar, but it’s got rubber-shod wheels of a bus. Also, there’s no driver—it’s automated like a tram. The “trackless train” is sort of a jackalope of … Continue reading New “trackless trains” out of China suggest buses by any other name could smell sweeter.
FEARGUS O’SULLIVAN 11/8/17 London’s plans for Oxford Street show that even the busiest roads can ban vehicles—but there’s one major misstep. Finally, it’s happening. After years of discussion, London’s Oxford Street is being pedestrianized. A key London axis known for its huge popularity as a place … Continue reading How to Pedestrianize a Vital Urban Street
FEARGUS O’SULLIVAN – JAN 4, 2017 MIT’s Treepedia reveals where the streets are greenest, and which ones could use more work. Which cities have the greenest streets? MIT’s Senseable City Lab is pushing toward an answer to this question with a new project called Treepedia. A map … Continue reading Mapping the Urban Tree Canopy in Major Cities
BY LENA AFRIDI | OP-ED | OCTOBER 10, 2017 People were investing in their communities long before government intervened with its own notions of what “good economic development” looks like. Yet today, when we talk about models for strengthening the financial health of U.S. cities, we mostly … Continue reading Two Words Are Missing From the Economic Development Conversation
BY : KELSEY E. THOMAS | OCTOBER 11, 2017 Despite the image of clean air, green backyards and fresh food often associated with leaving a dense urban core for more spread-out surroundings, new research finds that city dwellers are actually healthier — and happier — than … Continue reading Researchers Calculate the Healthiest City Density
By Susan Goldberg The world’s great metropolises will need to adapt to survive a huge growth. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/ This story appears in the October 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. In 1950 less than a third of the world’s people lived in cities. Today more than half do. By 2050 two-thirds … Continue reading What Will the City of the Future Look Like?