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.
Bike lanes need physical protection from car traffic, study shows
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
Barcelona wants to build 500 superblocks. Here’s what it learned from the first ones.
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.
Maps Made ‘From the Mind,’ Not From GPS
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
How urban planners can promote health and wellness
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
How a Dutch city became a cycling capital of the world
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
What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?
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?
Re-imagining our roads
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
Planning for Resilience
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
How to Pedestrianize a Vital Urban Street
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