By David Roberts Apr 9, 2019 https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/4/9/18300797/barcelona-spain-superblocks-urban-plan This is part two in a five-part series about the comprehensive urban plan being implemented in Barcelona, Spain, which would reclaim more than half the streets now devoted to cars for mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” This reporting project was supported by … Continue reading Barcelona wants to build 500 superblocks. Here’s what it learned from the first ones.
JARED BREY APRIL 11, 2019 Late last month, the New Orleans City Council unanimously approved an inclusionary zoning policy requiring that developers provide some affordable units in the city’s strongest housing markets. In “core” neighborhoods like the French Quarter and the Central Business District, … Continue reading New Orleans Adopts a Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Law
BY SAMUEL STEIN 03.12.2019 – jacobinmag apitalism and state planning have a complicated relationship. Capitalist ideology insists that markets are the best mechanism for economic, social, and environmental decision-making, and that consumer choice is the fairest and most efficient arbiter of public will. Deregulation has been … Continue reading Gentrification Is a Feature, Not a Bug, of Capitalist Urban Planning
SARAH GOODYEAR JUN 29, 2015 BSMART helps the Chattanooga police give the local three-foot passing law some teeth. Maybe your state is one of the more than two dozen around the U.S. with what is known as a three-foot passing law—a provision that requires drivers to give … Continue reading A Nifty Device to Stop Cars From Driving Too Close to Bikes
LAURA BLISS – MAR 13, 2019 Cities are desperate to tame the sidewalk chaos of the e-scooter industry. One startup offers a solar-powered parking solution. To understand the promise and peril of dockless scooters, look at Austin, Texas. This week, at least 9,000 of the zippy … Continue reading The Hot New Thing in Dockless Electric Scooters: Docks
FEARGUS O’SULLIVAN – City Lab Take a look at the trains that will modernize France’s rail fleet and prepare the national provider to take on its first-ever competitors. While high-speed trains are struggling to gain a foothold in some parts of the world (looking at … Continue reading The Cheaper, Greener Future of France’s High-Speed Trains
A designer relies on exploration and the knowledge of locals to create a unique series of maps. LINDA POON – NOV 10, 2015 When we aren’t sure how to get somewhere, our first instinct is to plug the address into a GPS gadget and let the program … Continue reading Maps Made ‘From the Mind,’ Not From GPS