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Historic New Climate Deal: Surprises, Snubs, and What it Really Means

The world’s countries have agreed to initiate a momentous shift away from fossil fuels. Who are the winners and losers? What are the surprises? And what does it all mean?<p>LE BOURGET, France—The world came together.<p>More than 20 years after world leaders first tried hammering out an accord to tackle …

Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s — and Denied It

<i>This post first appeared at</i> The Nation.<p>The ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, CA, is seen Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)<p>A few weeks before …

What It Takes to Get a Road Diet Done

New Brunswick’s city planner explains why a seemingly simple street project can take so long to complete.<p>Earlier this month, I wrote about New Brunswick’s inability to complete a road diet on Livingston Avenue. The report that served as the basis for that piece concluded that city officials should …

Canada

How One Mayor Put His City on a Diet: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.<p><i>Tweet us your favorites with #CityReads.</i><p>“The Fat City That Declared War on Obesity,” Ian Birrell, Mosaic<p>When Velveth Monterroso arrived in the USA from her hometown in Guatemala, she weighed exactly 10 …

Just How Much Could the Sea Rise from Burning Fossil Fuels? A Lot.

New research predicts a stunning meltoff of the Antarctic Ice Sheet if all of the world's accessible fossil fuel is burned.<p>New York City would be swallowed by the ocean. Tokyo and Shanghai, too, would vanish.<p>Sea levels stand to rise by a staggering 164 feet (50 meters) or more if the world goes for …

3 Traits Shared by New York's Most Walkable Streets

Can you say, street-level windows?<p>Some streets are bound to attract more foot traffic than others simply based on where they’re located. Maybe there’s a metro stop nearby. Maybe they lead to a cluster of offices or businesses. Maybe a lot of people call these streets home. These streets draw loads …

This Heat-Sensitive Map Changes With the Weather

Know where to huddle for shelter from the elements, or find a park when it’s sunny.<p>The weather can fluctuate in an instant and, as Murphy’s Law goes, you’re bound to be caught unprepared—underdressed, overdressed, or without an umbrella. But with this heat-sensitive map in hand, you’ll always know …

L.A.'s Bold Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor

A new electric vehicle pilot would provide access and savings to those who need it most.<p>For all their social benefits, electric vehicles have so far remained the province of the rich. Snazzy Teslas start at $70,000, BMW’s i3 will set you back $43,000, and even the relatively cheap Ford Focus …

Downtown Cleveland Is Turning a Traffic Hub Into a Public Park

Cleveland is the latest city to call on James Corner, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line, to revive an urban park.<p>To hear Clevelanders talk, Public Square is a place you pass through to reach somewhere else. When Moses Cleaveland laid out the town in 1796, he imagined the open area …

Poll: What Limits Should We Impose on Drones?

Is it okay to use quadcopters for advertising, traffic management, or police surveillance?<p>Using drones to light outdoor events or notify drivers of hazardous conditions seems innocent enough. But what about having them flash public advertisements or patrol the streets for the police? Are those …

Jo’burg Rising: A Tale of Urban Renewal

Neighbourgoods Market, Johannesburg, South Africa<b>By Steve Hamm</b><br>IBM Chief StorytellerThe Braamfontein district was once the corporate heart of …

The Real Smart City

We are right to remain suspicious of techno-utopian urban fantasies—especially when they come to us through corporate interests.<p>The Smart City is a …

2030: How 4 smart cities are gearing up for the future

While the future (as a whole) is very much unwritten, the future of what our urban centers will look like is less uncertain.<p>We can assume, to a …

Using big data techniques, engineers more accurately model how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions

For Paul Torrens, wintry weather is less about sledding and more about testing out models of human behavior.<p>Torrens, a geographer at the University …

City planning difficult without long-form census data, says Urban Futures Institute

It's tougher to make the informed decisions about city infrastructure without the data from the long-form census, says Ryan Berlin, an economist and …

Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification

One urban planning professor has defined this as a process that occurs in discrete stages.<p>Much has been made of the wave of millennials moving to cities. In intriguing new work, geographer and urban planner Markus Moos of the University of Waterloo gives the phenomenon a name: “youthification.” …

Urban Design

The Best Public Transportation Advertisement Ever?

A Danish company is hellbent on making the bus seem cool.<p>A few years ago, we wrote about an epic public bus ad from the enthusiastic Danes of Midttrafik, a mass transit solutions company. Featuring a sexy, gravelly voiced driver, copious slow motion effects and a sweeping soundtrack, you would be …

Mapping the Morning Rush Hour

In Nevada, you're likely to leave for work between midnight and 5 a.m.<p>I walk to work, bike to work, or take the metro depending on how many times I hit the snooze button. The time you decide to leave, or at least the time you <i>should</i> leave, obviously depends on the route you take to work and how you …

How Urban Farming Could Change Hawaii

For all its lushness, the state imports the vast majority of its food. Advocates like Hunter Heaivilin think they have the solution.<p>On a balmy January afternoon, as he drives northwest along Oahu's sun-washed coast, Hunter Heaivilin happily explains his plans for creating an urban food forest in …

Urban Agriculture

Where Did All the Retail Jobs Go?

Since 2007, the private sector has added 2.4 million new jobs. Retail has lost 60,000.<p>When it comes to the business of stocking stuff in rooms with roofs, this has been a nightmare week. Two decades after selling its first personal laptop in 1983, Radio Shack is finally done. The company announced …

In-Between a Bike and a Car

The makers of the ELF believe their enclosed, three-wheeled, low-carbon vehicle is the perfect transportation compromise.<p>Rob Cotter sits in his small office on a side street in Durham, North Carolina, in a baseball cap and sweatshirt, as the sounds of incessant drilling and people yelling "horn …

Transportation

She Tried Commuting to Work by Streetcar. It Took as Long as Walking.

A casual experiment in Atlanta doesn't help dissuade "tourist trolley" fears.<p>One of the big knocks on modern streetcars is that they exist primarily for tourists and not for everyday transit riders or commuters. Rebecca Burns of <i>Atlanta</i> magazine (and our Future of Transportation series) put that …

To Nail Your New Year’s Resolutions, Quantify Your Self

How can you improve your self if you can’t quantify your self? Some data pointers for your New Year.<p>It’s that dreaded time of year again when we make New Year’s resolutions and try our best to keep them. Thankfully, whether it’s hitting the gym, eating healthier or, err, flossing more regularly, …

10 Ways To Be A Better Employee In 2015

Resolve to be better at your job this year with these small changes to your daily work life.<p>Most of us start the New Year hoping to be better versions of ourselves.<p>Our work lives, especially, are an easily quantified place to improve: We’re rewarded for jobs well done in promotions or raises, and …

Why Sweden Has the World's Safest Roads

Sweden has rebuilt roads to prioritize safety over speed.<p>Sweden is on its way to reaching zero road deaths per year. It’s an incredible feat, coming from a peak in road deaths in the 1970s. In 1997, Sweden implemented its now-famed “Vision Zero” plan in hopes of eradicating all road deaths and …

At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities

As the world braces for a huge population influx into cities, a new exhibit looks at how scaling infrastructure could improve life in the accompanying "unplanned settlements."<p>In the overcast light of a Mumbai slum, six men surround a rectangular frame that has been set on the ground. It is hoisted …

Walkability Is Good for You

A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places.<p>Ever since Jane Jacobs' classic <i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i>, urbanists have extolled the ideal of the dense, mixed-used, walkable neighborhood, contrasting it with the dull and deadly …

What Happened to All Those Women Taxi Drivers in India?

Few "for women, by women" cab companies have managed to stay afloat.<p>These are some of the responses to expect when trying to order a woman-driven taxi cab in Mumbai. That is, when the phone actually connects:<p><i>“Can I call you back in an hour’s time, ma’am?”</i><p><i>“I have no such service.”</i><p><i>“Let me put you on</i> …

How Bremen, Germany, Became a Car-Sharing Paradise

The city aims to get 20,000 residents using its system by 2020.<p>Bremen, in Northwestern Germany, could not be described as car-dependent in the North American sense of the term. In this city of 550,000, most daily journeys happen on mass transit (14 percent of all trips), on foot (20 percent), or by …

Why the Case for Resilience Applies As Much to Ferguson as It Does to Hurricanes

Judith Rodin's new book offers insight for a tumultuous world.<p>Resilience, lately, is a term appropriated for whatever cause or side feels an exterior stress. We can look at the protestors in Ferguson opting to stay resilient in the face of a system that has devalued the lives of people of color. …