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Navigating the Unchartered Waters of U.S. Housing Policy: Current Challenges and Solutions

In many ways, U.S. housing policy is entering unchartered waters: the current housing market must adjust to particularly high rent burdens and …


Hillsboro Star-Journal

Parking space-sized micro-house is made for city life

The Tikku was recently built for Helsinki Design Week 2017 and has a total floorspace of 37.5 sq m (403 sq ft), split over three floors. The …


Six Wayfinding Principles that Make Communities Easier to Navigate

Well-crafted wayfinding systems encourage people walking and bicycling to go that extra mile, explore new areas, and foster a sense of place. …


Science Is Proving Why Urban Design Matters More Than Ever

Benches and greenery may seem inconsequential, but a new study quantifies how deeply they impact the civic life of a city.<p>It’s easy to make our cities attractive. Plant a few flowers, pick up litter, put up a sculpture or two. But cosmetic improvements don’t necessarily translate to meaningful …

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 Google's parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on …

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 …


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 …


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> …


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.