By Justin Davidson The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, gas, steam, and data below. It is a … Continue reading What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?
On-the-street solutions for improving five American cities, with accessibility and mobility in mind By Patrick Sisson and Alissa Walker Sep 6, 2017, 12:56pm EDT n the quest to create more pedestrian-friendly cities, urban planners often carve out space in obvious places like parks, greenways, and waterfronts. But in many … Continue reading Re-imagining our roads
http://www.100resilientcities.org/ As the triple threats of climate change, rapid urbanization, and globalization exert pressure on cities, many of those places are looking to be more resilient — now and 25, 50, or 100 years from now. But what is urban resilience, and how do you … Continue reading Planning for Resilience
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