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Cycling like a Copenhagener can save lives, study shows

A new European study has given a new dimension to the expression 'on your bike'


What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries …

Bill de Blasio

The Astrophysicist Who Wants to Help Solve Baltimore's Urban Blight

Vacant buildings have their own sort of gravitational pull. When a home gets boarded up on one block, you can almost bet another will follow nearby. …


It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality

A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.<p>Too many Americans are overweight and eat unhealthy food, a problem that falls disproportionately on poor and low-income people. For many urbanists, the main culprit has long been …



Sustainable Transport

'Entire aisles are empty': Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages

• <b>Whole Foods employees say stores are suffering from food shortages because of a newly implemented inventory-management system called order-to-shelf, or OTS.</b>• <b><br>Whole Foods says the system reduces unnecessary inventory, lowers costs, and frees up employees to focus on customer service.</b>• <b><br>Employees</b> …

Whole Foods

Fifty years on, HUD abandons Dr. King’s vision of integrated communities

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which Congress passed one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in …


Urban Sprawl to Urban Stay: Walkable Housing Is Making a Comeback

shared by Ghergich on Dec 19, 2016 in Lifestyle<p>3,717 views<p>2 faves<p>2 shares<p>1 comment<p>48% of survey respondents said they prefer to live in communities …

Urban Design

It’s time to recognize health care as a right

No longer will the government ensure that the nation is insured.<p>The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates the penalty for the requirement that all individuals must purchase health insurance, which was made law in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While the ACA is …

Health Care

What We Need to Learn to Make the Most of Our Disrupted World

The erosion of civic engagement and civic institutions was a consistent concern in 2017, and some now predict dire consequences in 2018.<p>Deep changes …

Barack Obama

Redlining is Alive and Well—and Evolving

Nine recent, high-profile cases show the discriminatory practice of redlining is not a thing of the past. It’s even spread to your Facebook account.<p>“Redlining,” the practice of banks and real estate agents steering black and Latino families away from predominantly white neighborhoods, is often …

Slow the Cars

We design our streets like roads, as if their primary function — and sometimes their sole function — is the movement of automobiles.Many people don’t …


Urban bike trails in cities like Indianapolis, Dallas and Atlanta are proving to have rich economic benefits to city neighborhoods

<b>Affirming a trend seen in other cities, Indianapolis’s eight-mile Cultural Trail has been a boon to the neighborhoods adjacent to it — as well as the</b> …

Urban Design

London's Congestion Charge Cuts CO2 Emissions by 16%

Summary<p>London is the largest city to have adopted a central area congestion charging scheme. It has led to a 20% reduction in four-wheeled traffic …


Case Study: New Orleans - Results for America

The New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Performance and Accountability used advanced analytics, open source software, and a partnership with Louisiana …

New Orleans

A Friendly Guide to Transport Planning — Human Transit

Posted onJanuary 15, 2018 in Books, General 0<p>David M. Levinson, Wes Marshall, Kay Axthausen. <i>Elements of Access</i>. Network Design Lab, 2017.<p>Access — …


The 20-Minute Village, Walkability, Local Downtowns

John Danicic and Kim Ode are living the suburban American Dream. They built a home on a half-acre lot studded with trees in Edina, Minnesota, where …


City services developed with Participation Game

The City of Helsinki personnel have a new tool to assist them with the planning of services: Participation Game. The game helps city employees to …


Making engagement meaninful in Helsinki

• A growing number of nations and cities are seeking to involve citizens in decision-making, says @tommilaitio #FindingLegitimacy<br>• How is the city of …

Smart Cities

The Divide Between America’s Prosperous Cities and Struggling Small Towns—in 20 Charts - WSJ

About 1 in 7 Americans lives in rural parts of the country—1,800 counties that sit outside any metropolitan area. A generation ago, most of these places had working economies, a strong social fabric and a way of life that drew a steady stream of urban migrants. Today, many are in crisis. …

21st Century

Unbundling our Housing Choices

Why Are There So Few Black-Owned Grocery Stores?

The full-service supermarket that Circle Food Store owner Dwayne Bourdeaux runs in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward is clean and stocked with locally …


Project boosts KCK parks

LAWRENCE — For not much money, you can change people’s perception of a park in a neglected part of town, thereby stimulating healthful activity and …

Urban Design

New York City’s Pedestrian Deaths Hit Lowest Level Since 1910

The number of traffic fatalities in 2017 in New York City plummeted to the lowest level since record-keeping started over a century ago, city officials said on Monday. The decline was led by a steep drop in pedestrian deaths, which fell by nearly a third from the year before.<p>The data marks the most …


24 Hours in Rotterdam: Bicycling Up, Enjoying the City Lounge & Less Space for the Car

One Way to Fight HUD's Heel-Dragging on Fair Housing

As civil rights groups line up in opposition to a new HUD rule, a legal strategy emerges.<p>On Monday, protesters in Chicago jeered Ben Carson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A member of a grassroots seniors organization also interrupted his speech. It was …