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EUROPEANS have long pitied Americans for their rotten passenger trains. But when it comes to moving goods America has a well-kept freight network …

Trains

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Where is the most expensive place to own a car?<p>Related Links:<p>Parking Rates Worldwide<br>• Crowdsourcing road congestion data<br>• Gif of the Day: Traffic …

US Suburbs Approaching Jobs-Housing Balance

Suburban areas in the US metropolitan areas with more than 1 million total regional population, once largely seen as bedroom communities, are nearing …

Swedish city lays down plans for a democracy city

The mining city of Falun, may be one of Sweden's smaller cities but in the late 19th century it was home to Selma Lagerlöf, the first female writer …

Councils need better access to infrastructure funding

Demand for investment in UK infrastructure remains strong, with the National Infrastructure Plan identifying a pipeline of more than 500 projects …

Three Essential Rules for Building Better Civic Tech

As part of the Open Technology Institute’s partnership with the federal government’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in …

Can Technology Be The Great Equalizer In Cities?

<i>This post is a response to a group blogging event organized by Meeting of the Minds and Tumml.</i><p>At their best, cities are the engine for national …

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions."<p>(Claude Lévi-Strauss)<p>....and that's one of the …

The Evolving Urban Form: Athens

Around the fifth century BCE, Athens may have been the most important city in the West. Like China's Chang'an (modern Xi'an), the "on and off" …

Cash-strapped councils can deliver change in innovative ways

In difficult times, local authorities have to find innovative ways of delivering positive change in local communities but despite significant …

Millennials, Civic Engagement and Civic Tech (Part I of II)

We recently kicked off in earnest a project in Louisville to develop a piece of technology aimed at engaging low-income Millennials (young adults …

Opportunity is Local (Or: You Can't Buy a New Economy)

"At the heart of my argument," writes Jim Russell in his response to last Wednesday's blog post, "is the fact that [Placemaking] initiatives are …

Rightsizing Streets to Create Great Public Spaces

I’m a pedestrian before I’m a driver, a rider, a passenger, a worker, or a shopper. I have to walk through public space to get anywhere, and I prefer …

Bloomberg Seeks to Limit the Length of Kissing in Public Spaces

Citing data showing that kissing is up to dangerous levels in the city's streets and public spaces, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has introduced a …