ANDREW SMALL – OCT 29, 2019 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative wants to bring a boost of color to the streets of America’s small and mid-size cities. If you’re frustrated with the slow speed of efforts to make streets safer, perhaps you should grab a paint … Continue reading Want Better Streets? Just Add Paint.
Drivers left bikes less room in the presence of parked cars and painted bike lanes. JONATHAN M. GITLIN – 5/4/2019 There are plenty of good reasons that people should cycle more. People who exercise more are healthier and can score higher on cognitive tests, for one thing. And … Continue reading Bike lanes need physical protection from car traffic, study shows
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.
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
The Baton Rouge Health District offers a holistic look at how to improve health care at all scales By Patrick Sisson Jul 25, 2018 Health care challenges are a hot topic in Louisiana’s capital. The United Health Care Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings 2015 report ranked the state in last … Continue reading How urban planners can promote health and wellness
By Bruce Lieberman – Friday, January 19, 2018 In the Dutch city of Utrecht, commuters, tourists, and school children whiz to-and-fro on bikes. You’ll see cyclists wearing business suits, carrying grocery bags, and even holding umbrellas in the rain. Van Rossem: “Our busiest route carries 41,000 cyclists … Continue reading How a Dutch city became a cycling capital of the world
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
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