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Google's Sidewalk Labs signs deal for 'smart city' makeover of Toronto's waterfront

The partnership between a U.S. urban-innovation lab and a government agency could bring a bold experiment in city-building and high-tech to Toronto, Alex Bozikovic explains<p>A unit of Alphabet Inc. (Google's parent company) devoted to "urban innovation" has signed a deal to study a redevelopment of …

Smart Cities

This Philly Transformation Plan Rethinks the Neighborhood School

Debbie Thomas’ neighborhood has been called many names over the years, from plain-old North Philadelphia to Brewerytown to the now-in-vogue …


In Copenhagen, Bike Commuting Gets a Little Less Popular

Denmark’s capital may be a cyclists’ paradise, but recent trends show what’s really necessary to sustain a bike boom.<p>Copenhagen may have a justified reputation as a cyclists’ paradise, but over the past three years, something shocking has happened: The proportion of bike commuters on the city’s …

Urban Design

China is winning the future. Here’s how.

This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott …

Renewable Energy

Does Placemaking Cause Gentrification? It’s Complicated.

<b>It is rare in the media to hear the words “public space” without also hearing the word “gentrification.”</b> At PPS, we have discussed the relationship …


Indianapolis will invest $4.5 million to revitalize Monon16 area on north side

Indianapolis is awarding an anticipated $4.5 million to the Monon16 area of the Kennedy-King neighborhood over the next three years.


Should urban trees be funded as part of a city’s public health infrastructure?

A new report, released by conservation-focused non-profit <i>The Nature Conservancy</i>, says yes. Urban trees are proven to aid mental health, decrease …


Urban planner and designer Damon Rich selected as 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Damon Rich, founder of the Center of Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and co-founder of design studio Hector, has just been honored with a 2017 MacArthur …

Urban Design

Groundbreaking Road Safety Act Introduced in Mexico - Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

Bernardo Baranda, ITDP Regional Director of Latin America, at the press conference to announce the introduction of the National Road Safety Act<p>On …


Greening cities :: Our Planet

Climate change is the greatest threat facing our planet. The leaders of the world’s great cities recognize that fact and are taking urgent action. …


A Tool to Track All the Mobility Modes

How easy is it to get around your part of town? Check the MobilityScore.<p>The ability to summon a ride from a phone can open pathways that never before existed. At least on paper.<p>That’s one insight drawn from MobilityScore, a map tool from TransitScreen, a company that develops dashboards for …


Do Bus Rapid Transit Systems Improve Equity? A Look at the Evidence

The bus lane in Bangkok. Photo by ICLEI EcoMobilitySome time ago, professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria sent me an intriguing …


Public Health Experts Give America an “F” on Walkability

Walking should be an easy way to get some physical activity and exercise. But America has spent decades engineering the simple act of using your own …

Urban Design

The moral case for evidence in policymaking

<i>Editor’s note: On September 28, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development hosted “Evidence Day,” as part of Global Innovation Week. The</i> …

Critical Thinking

Collective Racial Violence (with tweets) · WorldProfessor

How Housing Intensifies the Racial Wealth Gap

The wealth of black families lags far behind whites, and housing markets play a key role.<p>There’s a great article from <i>The New York Times</i>’ Emily Badger about a new study that shows just how much Americans (especially white Americans) underestimate the gap in the economic circumstances between black …


The Just City Essays

<i>The Just City Essays: 26 Visions for Urban Equity, Inclusivity and Opportunity</i> is an international response to the persistence of injustice in the …


Critiquing the Bike Friendliness of a City with a Reputation for Bike Friendliness

Thierry Backes writes an opinion piece for The Denver Post that pokes holes in the city of Denver's reputation as a bike friendly city.Publication …


America Walks “Walking Toward Justice” Webinar: The Color of Law & Residential Segregation

On Wednesday, September 27, America Walks hosted a wide-ranging discussion of Richard Rothstein’s important and timely book, <i>The Color of Law: A</i> …

Sustainable Transport

The Joy and Freedom of a City Without Car Traffic

Imagine a major city without car traffic, without the honking, the congestion, the tailpipes spitting out poison. A city without the ever-present …

Sustainable Transport

Montreal Is Ready for Supermarket, Version 2.0

(Credit: IGA Extra Famille Duchemin, via YouTube)This summer, a Montreal supermarket announced that it was the first in Canada to have a green …


Reduced and More Accurate Parking Requirements

For each dollar motorists spend on their vehicles somebody spends more than a dollar to park it. To reduce these costs many jurisdictions are …

Urban Design

Wichita Art Project Brings Fresh Look at the River

"DNA" art installation on the Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas (Credit: Mike Miller)As the 1,500-mile long Arkansas River wends its way southeast …


We All Know Biking Makes Us Healthier. But It’s Even Better Than We Thought

Think you’re too busy to exercise? Here’s why you should consider cycling to work.


These Temporary Bike Lane Barriers Let Cities Experiment With Better Biking Infrastructure

In Winnipeg, the city is using a new system–that’s cheap and fast to install–to test out where its bike lanes might go.<p>A new protected bike lane in downtown Winnipeg, Canada, looks permanent. But the concrete barriers that line the path are actually adjustable, and after watching how traffic moves …


Bike Lanes May Be The Most Cost-Effective Way To Improve Public Health

Build bike lanes, get healthy citizens.<p>Amazing things happen to a city once people are encouraged to switch to bike commuting: the air quality improves throughout the city, which benefits everyone, not just cyclists. Quieter roads are more pleasant roads to be around, and they’re less congested for …


Enlisting Bikes In the Fight Against Inequality

Liz Cornish of the bicycle advocacy group Bikemore talks about how bike infrastructure can help solve a host of woes in Baltimore.<p>After a sluggish couple of decades, this was the year Baltimore suddenly got into the bicycle infrastructure game. The city’s first bike-share system, which was years in …

Urban Design

These Filmmakers Are Using Social Media Targeting to Spread Immigrant Stories to an Unlikely Audience

Social networks love to talk about "bringing the world together," but the 2016 American presidential election showed that, at times, the exact …


Chicago’s Bankruptcy Boom

This week we published a deep look at why bankruptcy frequently fails to provide relief to black Americans struggling with debt. The story focused on …