Urbanism

The vision for South End: 15-story towers and a pleasant stroll down South Boulevard

Can you picture South End as Charlotte’s first true functional urban neighborhood?<p>Towers at least 15 stories high along the light rail corridor. An …

Ban Cars

After every mass shooting in the USA, there are calls to ban guns, and after a recent one, there was a rash of tweets like this:<p>Hey! Genious!! Cars …

Sustainability

Plans for 10-acre riverfront park in Bridesburg move forward

The project just entered its final design phase<p>It’s been a long time coming, but plans to bring a 10-acre park to Bridesburg along the Delaware River just took another step forward with the news that the project has entered its final phase of design.<p>The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department …

Delaware Valley

Vehicles shouldn't be the priority for Victoria road, community group says

Group wants to create narrower lanes for cars to make room for walkers and cyclists<p>Should Dallas Road be a multi-use pathway rather than an artery …

Urban Design

2 lanes still closed on I-10 East high rise bridge because of structural concerns | NOLA.com

Two eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 remained closed Monday (Nov. 20) on the high rise bridge after a tire fire last week caused "significant damage" …

Urban Design

Creating Safer Streets – Starting With The Biggie

There was a 10% increase in the number of pedestrians killed on our streets last year<p>There are many reasons to support the Mayor of London’s plan to …

Urban Design

9 Philly transportation projects receive $5.3M in funding

Safer streets, more Indego bikes, and new public spaces<p>A whole bunch of transportation-related projects in Pennsylvania were just awarded $59 million, including nine planned for Philly.<p>The funding comes from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), which will financially support multi-modal …

Urban Design

The Flamingo Land proposals and the privatisation of space at Balloch

On Friday I went to the first of the Flamingo Land consultation events at Lomond Shores in Balloch. I was not sure what to expect partly because the …

Urban Design

Tank: Rotting Traffic Bridge could have served as monument to neglect

The punitive P3 contract enforcing strict deadlines for Saskatoon’s rebuilt Traffic Bridge suggests the span will reopen less than a year from …

Canadian News

New Grand Avenue bridge partially reopens

CLOSE<p>The Grand Avenue bridge in downtown Des Moines will close for more than one year for a replacement project. It will reopen to traffic at the end …

Des Moines

Theresa May announces £250 million for major Midland Metro extension and more

Prime Minister Theresa May is to announce £250 million to improve transport in the West Midlands as she visits the region today - including a major …

Brexit

*테라스하우스 A Lush Green Roof Covers This Home In Missouri

Architecture firm el dorado Inc., have designed a modern house that’s built into a sloped, urban site in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, …

Design

Bottleneck blitz: Liberals leader Matthew Guy promises to remove 55 road intersections

More than 50 of Melbourne's busiest and most dangerous road intersections will be removed by replacing traffic lights and roundabouts with …

Urban Design

Transportation-centric communities sprouting in the suburbs

A strip mall on Main Street in west suburban Bartlett represents a leading 1970s and ’80s suburban style — a broad asphalt parking lot fronting a squat, brown row of single-story storefronts. It’s practical for drivers, but nothing you’d want to walk past.<p>Next door is the future of suburban …

Urban Design

Your Rent is Too High and Your Commute Sucks - Here's Why

Why is the rent so damn high? Why does it take hours to commute from cheap, plentiful housing to where the jobs of our modern economy live? If you …

Cities

The future of America’s suburbs looks infinite

Just a decade ago, in the midst of the financial crisis, suburbia’s future seemed perilous, with experts claiming that many suburban tracks were …

Urban Design

Stop cutting down trees. Cities need birds to eat gross bugs that transmit disease.

ideeone/Getty<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> CityLab <i>and appears here as part of the</i> Climate Desk <i>collaboration</i>.<p>A grove of five or six mature …

Liberal View

Citizen science: how ordinary people can guard Cape Town's biodiversity

Right now, you might be harbouring a killer: one so small it’s hidden in the sole of your hiking shoes. These tiny murderers won’t harm you in the …

Ecology

Bill Gates' smart city in Arizona is not smart, not a city, and has little to do with Bill Gates

• A firm that manages some of Bill Gates' money has invested $80 million in a development project in Arizona.<br>• The parcel of land that was purchased is in Buckeye, an edge city near Phoenix that's growing rapidly.<br>• Despite what it sounds like, it's not actually a flagship future-city project for Gates.<br>• As …

Bill Gates

MIT researchers develop a system that can store thermal energy for hours

Canned Heat<p>Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced a battery-like system capable of storing thermal energy and …

Clean Energy

Toronto’s newest subway line is now just one month away

After growing at a snail’s pace for decades, Toronto’s subway system is set to burst through the city’s northern border.<p>In less than one month, the …

Canadian News

Three affordable housing projects on Sound Transit property move forward

One TOD will be on the original planned site of the First Hill light rail station<p>Three affordable transit-oriented developments (TOD) on Sound Transit property are moving forward after a board meeting Thursday: One in Capitol Hill, one in First Hill, and another in Roosevelt. All are within a short …

Housing

No money, no trolley: Loop Trolley Co. says it won't start operations without a $500,000 infusion for startup costs

The Loop Trolley Co. has notified key local officials that the long-delayed line won't begin operating unless it gets a new infusion of $500,000 to …

St. Louis

Paris Is Building Three New Bridges Over the Seine

The project is part of a larger plan to fight climate change.<p>The Paris we know and love will soon go through a bout of changes, but luckily, they'll be for the better. This week, Paris City Hall proposed building three garden bridges over the Seine to transform the river bank into a …

Travel

Planning commissioner rails against freeway-hugging apartment balconies

“It’s just not healthy”<p>City planning commissioner Dana Perlman says he drives by Geoff Palmer’s hulking Orsini apartment complex in Downtown Los Angeles—where tenants’ balconies are pushed up against the 110 and 101 freeway interchange—and thinks “it’s just not healthy.”<p>The commissioner says he’ll …

Urban Design

The Rush to Storm-Proof Waterfront Parks

The NYC Parks Department is laying out a set of guidelines to prevent parkland from getting swamped by rain and waves.<p>New York City’s parks are green oases amid glass, concrete, and steel. But though they feel transportive, they’re often not far away from the city’s edge—and particularly those …

Hurricane Sandy

Dissecting Mankind's Most Consequential Experiment: Moral Life in the Global City

A conversation with Michael Ignatieff about the moral operating systems that allow our cities to functionFor those monitoring the headlines, the Age …

Cities

Globe editorial: A little transit miracle grows on King Street

'Make no little plans," goes architect Daniel Burnman's oft quoted line. "They have no magic to stir men's blood."<p>But for commuters in Canada's largest metropolitan area, the problem has never been a shortage of blood-stirring big plans. No, when it comes to public transit, the Greater Toronto Area …

Toronto

Has Nashville learned from struggles with last pro stadium?

As Nashville's focus turns to building a professional soccer stadium, its most recent major public sports facility deal has not gone according to …

Business

The Yelp Index of Economic Growth

<i>Words on the Street highlights the best writing on the built environment we’ve encountered recently at New Urbs. Post tips at @NewUrbs.</i><b>Using Yelp to</b> …

Conservative View