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Aug 1
The Village Éphémère: The Transformation of a Vacant Public Space in Montreal : Facing the St. Lawrence River, just steps away from the Jacques Cartier Bridge, exists a vacant concrete lot called Pied-du-Courant....
Global Site Plans: The Grid
Aug 7
Podcast Show 185: Kevin Klinkenberg : This week Chuck talks with Kevin Klinkenberg about his upcoming book, Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the Right Direction....
Strong Towns
Jul 26
NATO's Underground Roman Super-Quarry : [Image: An entrance to the quarry in Kanne; photo by Nick Catford via Subterranean Britannica]....
Bldgblog
Aug 1
Heading Down East for a Spell : A blogging pause that refreshes....
Dot Earth
Jul 26
Landmarks of the Chinese Cryosphere : Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography (and also my wife) spent a large part of this past winter exploring the world of artificial refrigeration in China for The New York Times....
BLDGBLOG
Aug 1
NYC: DOT Proposes Road Diet But Only 4 Ped Islands for 35 Blocks of West End Ave : After two people were killed by motorists along one stretch of West End Avenue this year, DOT promised to calm traffic on this dangerous Upper West Side street....
Streetsblog
Aug 1
NYC: Eyes on the Street: Slower Speed Limits Coming to Broadway, Southern Blvd : A Streetsblog reader sent in this NYPD flyer posted in the lobby of his apartment building on the Upper West Side, and another reports getting the same notice via email yesterday. The citywide 25 mph...
Streetsblog
Jul 26
NATO's Underground Roman Super-Quarry : [Image: An entrance to the quarry in Kanne; photo by Nick Catford via Subterranean Britannica]....
BLDGBLOG
Aug 1
NYC: 15-Day Maximum Sentence for Unlicensed Driver Who Killed Bronx Senior : An unlicensed driver who killed a pedestrian in the Bronx last year was charged with only a traffic infraction that carries a nominal fine and a maximum 15-day jail term. Bronx District Attorney Rober...
Streetsblog
Jul 31
Streetcar Skeptics : The Antiplanner and Matt Yglesias don’t agree on a lot, but we agree that streetcars are a stupid idea....
The Antiplanner
Aug 1
NYC: Why Is Summer Streets So Rare? : The forecast for Saturday is bleak — 100 percent chance of rain, lasting just about all day....
Streetsblog
Aug 4
NYC: Today’s Headlines : City Announces Slate of Arterial Slow Zones to Be Implemented by Year’s End (Post) Broadway and Southern Blvd....
Streetsblog
Aug 1
Destruction of Istanbul : “If I was a businessman, I would do everything I could to be part of this group,” said an official at Turkey’s Treasury, speaking on condition of anonymity....
Urban Planning Blog
Jul 31
Three or four-hundred years? : All government agencies "need" more money.  This recent report by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's new GM notes that the agency is working with a 300-year pipe replacement cycle.  In fa...
Peter Gordon's Blog
Aug 3
New Study Sees Atlantic Warming Behind a Host of Recent Climate Shifts : A new study finds Atlantic Ocean warming is a powerful driver of a host of recent world-spanning climate and ocean patterns....
Dot Earth
Aug 5
Take Your Messaging Strategy…to the Beach : Photo Credit: ildiva via Compfight cc It’s August. We’re getting lots of “out of office” auto-replies to our emails. That means you’re on vacation or, if you’re not, half your staff is....
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Jul 31
Podcast Show 184: Federal Highway Trust Fund : This week Chuck does a solo podcast talking about the Federal Highway Trust Fund and the implications of its pending insolvency....
Strong Towns
Aug 4
Making the connection between research and practice : Developing solutions through researchby Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., National Housing ConferenceAs NHC’s research division, the Center for Housing Policy increases awareness of housing...
NHC Open House Blog
Aug 2
Adaptive Reuse: Avanti Food and Beverage : Adaptive reuse—that’s planner-speak for the repurposing of an old building—is an important part of helping cities revitalize and grow in a sustainable way....
DenverUrbanism
Aug 1
How Conservation and Groundwater Management Can Gird California for a Drier Era : Experts see a mix of conservation and groundwater management as the cheapest way for Californians to grapple with deepening drought....
Dot Earth
Jul 31
NYC: Local Speeding Tickets (Barely) Outnumber Sidewalk Biking Summonses : We’ve got a new installment in Streetsblog’s hotly-anticipated Sidewalk Biking Ticket Index, which compares the number of sidewalk biking summonses issued by NYPD to the number of speeding tickets iss...
Streetsblog
Aug 4
California, Here We Come : Welcome to California by Curtis Perry used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Editor’s note: Washington’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce is weighing alternative carbon-...
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Aug 3
NY Attorney General Announces Funding for Land Banks – Important Aug. and Sept. Dates : From the AG’s Website: In July 2013, New York State Attorney General Schneiderman launched his Land Banks Community Revitalization Initiative, which is dedicating a portion of the funds awarded to New...
Law of the Land
Aug 1
Baltimore Housing celebrates preservation of affordable senior housing : News from NHC's family of membersby Radiah Shabazz, National Housing ConferenceLast month NHC member Baltimore Housing celebrated the preservation of Memorial Apartments, a...
NHC Open House Blog
Aug 1
The Dead Bilionaire’s Club That Runs the Environmental Movement : A new report from the minority staff of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works shows just how a handful of left-leaning foundations have taken control of the once-grassroots environmenta...
The Antiplanner
Jul 31
Recycling Waste into Homes for the Homeless of San Francisco : With over 6,000 homeless people in San Francisco, there are a variety of housing services available....
Global Site Plans: The Grid
Jul 30
NYC: Don’t Hate the Parking App Profiteers, Hate the Free Parking Game : Haystack, the latest app allowing drivers to sell access to a parking space, blazed across the Internet this month after Boston Mayor Martin Walsh threatened to ban it....
Streetsblog
Jul 31
NYC: Map Out Which Streets Need Safety Fixes — It’s Now or Never : The city has received more than 7,500 comments on its Vision Zero map....
Streetsblog
Jul 26
Landmarks of the Chinese Cryosphere : Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography (and also my wife) spent a large part of this past winter exploring the world of artificial refrigeration in China for The New York Times....
Bldgblog
Jul 30
NYC: NYPD: No Reason to Investigate Greenway Crash That Hospitalized Cyclist : A witness to the aftermath of a Hudson River Greenway crash that sent a cyclist to the hospital says NYPD officers, including personnel from the Collision Investigation Squad, said they did not intend...
Streetsblog
Aug 1
Nairobi, Kenya’s 1973 Master Plan Receives an Update : Urban planners from the County Government of Nairobi and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have produced a new Master plan called Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN)...
Global Site Plans: The Grid
Aug 1
Weekend Reading 8/1/14 : Serena Via Seattle Met‘s PubliCola, a heads-up to a story that somehow didn’t make big local news, as reported by Al Jazeera America and thoughtfully reflected upon by Lindy...
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Aug 1
Friday Fun: Are automated roads the next transport revolution? : Transport systems play an important role in shaping the character of an urban environment....
The City Fix
Aug 13
People-oriented Cities: Smarter driving, smarter cities : Transport demand management strategies help wane commuters off the private car and make sustainable transport alternatives more viable, easing congestion and improving quality of life in cities....
The City Fix
Jul 30
A Transit Agency for the Future : Ask David Bragdon how he first became interested in transportation, and he’ll reply that he “always loved big things that move,” starting with the buses going down 2nd Avenue when he...
Urban Omnibus
Aug 5
NYC: Eyes on the Street: A New Sidewalk and a Safer Crossing in Woodside : Before and after: 37th Ave. at 69th St. in Woodside, looking east toward Jackson Heights....
Streetsblog
Aug 5
No sleep ‘til Solutions : by Chris Estes, National Housing ConferenceCongress has left town for August recess without making much progress on appropriations or other major legislation....
NHC Open House Blog
Aug 4
How NHC members are shaping Solutions 2014 : What we're buildingby Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference Policy work isn’t just about knocking on the doors of members of Congress....
NHC Open House Blog
Aug 6
Densities Do Not Ride Transit : A few weeks ago, a San Diego news outlet breathlessly reported that, “When more people live near a trolley station, more people use the trolley.” A careful look at the numbers shows, however, that the...
The Antiplanner
Aug 5
The Taco John's of Lower Macungie : Ron Beitler blogs from Lower Macungie, PA. He says it is a sprawling community of 30,000 people dealing with the typical "sprawly" problems of a community their size....
Strong Towns
Aug 4
NYC: DOT Announces New Arterial Slow Zones Across the Boroughs : On Friday, DOT announced the second round of Arterial Slow Zones, which will expand the program by 14 streets before the end of the year. State Senator Adriano Espaillat and City Council reps Ydanis R...
Streetsblog
Aug 4
Regulation can help e-rickshaws transform urban mobility across India : E-rickshaws offer multiple advantages over more common auto-rickshaws, but require increased regulation to ensure passenger safety....
The City Fix
Aug 1
NYC: Today’s Headlines : State Authorities Budget Office Launches Investigation of Tappan Zee Clean Water Loan (CapNY) Agatha Tsunis, 87, Killed by Driver Crossing Willets Point Boulevard (News, TL) Driver Critically Injures...
Streetsblog
Aug 1
Friday News Digest : Last weekend we had a really important Strong Towns retreat....
Strong Towns
Aug 14
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Ambulance Driver Killed Cyclist in Flushing Wednesday Morning (Post, Gothamist, NY1) NYPD: Cyclist Who Killed Irving Schachter Swerved to Avoid a Pedicab (Post) After Driver Injures Cyclist, Bushwick...
Streetsblog
Jul 31
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announces changes to Maryland Homefront initiative : News from NHC's family of membersby Radiah Shabazz, National Housing ConferenceNHC member Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced l...
NHC Open House Blog
Jul 31
Study: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo lost USD 43 billion from traffic congestion in 2013 : Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo must focus on improving sustainable transport options to reduce the harmful effects of traffic congestion....
The City Fix
Jul 31
NYC: TA Vision Zero Report: NYPD Traffic Enforcement Up, But Wildly Uneven : NYPD precincts that had the largest year-to-year increase in speeding enforcement are shaded green, with those that had the biggest decreases in red....
Streetsblog
Aug 7
NYC: A Year Later, Cyclist Nearly Hit by NYPD Gives Up on CCRB Complaint : St. Nicholas Avenue at 145th Street, where a cyclist says she was nearly struck, and was harassed, by two NYPD officers in a marked patrol car....
Streetsblog
Aug 5
Self control : Given the choice of looking after assets on-hand vs. initiating high-profile flashy new projects, the latter always wins. My previous post noted the 20-million gallon L.A....
Peter Gordon's Blog