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
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?
LAURA BLISS – SEP 29, 2017 Pricey downtown streetcars like Detroit’s QLine underperform as transit—and can undermine overall mobility. But that isn’t stopping city after city from building new lines. A few weeks after the city of Detroit began charging riders a few bucks per ride … Continue reading Enough With the Streetcars Already
A parking lot and stretch of highway made from recycled toilet paper help move a portion of the sludge out of the wastewater stream. TIFFANY R. JANSEN – SEP 28, 2017 Maintaining cycling infrastructure is a matter of course in the Netherlands, a country boasting 35,000 … Continue reading The Netherlands Is Paving the Way in Toilet Paper Infrastructure
Cities aren’t using their key tool for climate action: Urban planning Too much of today’s conversation focuses on energy generation rather than urban design, land-use planning and zoning interventions. MIHIR PRAKASH DARCY JONES SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas … Continue reading Cities aren’t using their key tool for climate action: Urban planning
Densifying cities could cut emissions more than doing energy retrofits on buildings. That’s according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. You’re probably used to hearing about how denser cities cut transportation emissions, thanks to reduced driving. This study … Continue reading Densifying cities could cut emissions more than doing energy retrofits on buildings.
by Sarah DeWeerdt | Jan 10, 2017 Homes along stretches of the Florida coastline where people have added sand to beaches are larger than those along stretches where no such efforts have occurred, according to a new study. The practice of supplementing sand, called beach … Continue reading People are building ever-bigger homes on vulnerable beaches