Posts tagged with 'China'
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To celebrate the holidays, cities close down streets for pedestrians, open markets, and hold parades in public spaces. Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr
How Cities Around the World Use Public Space to Celebrate the Holidays
For cities, holidays signal a transformation in atmosphere. Street lights change colors, decorations are hung, and festivals turn sleepy downtowns into largescale celebrations for locals. Just as families and individuals adorn their homes with ornaments and trimmings, cities use their ...
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Victims of poor air quality and smog, citizens have begun dealing with air pollution on their own terms. Photo by Wilson Hui/Flickr
Friday Fun: 3 Ways Citizens Are Using Technology to Tackle Air Pollution on Their Own
For the first time in history, Beijing’s government issued a “red alert” for smog, shutting down the city for three days. Announced on December 7, the alert took place while COP21 was in full swing at Paris, where China, the ...
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The success of China's upcoming congestion charges hinge on their ties with sustainable public transport. Photo by Tim Riley/Flickr
Proper Use of Congestion Fee Can Cut China’s Traffic Jams
The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport is considering a trial of congestion charges on vehicles from 2016 to mitigate traffic congestion in the city. The government’s priority, as proposed in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) and the Traffic Congestion Mitigation ...
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Many Chinese cities feature dense and walkable communities that can serve as models for other cities to learn from. Photo by Iain MacLean/Flickr
Friday Fun: What China’s Clustered Neighborhoods Teach Us About Urban Density and Walkability
As cities around the globe buckle under intense car congestion, some have begun encouraging residents to walk and bike instead of relying on personal vehicles. Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) provide residents with a variety of dining choices, commute options and ...
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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of WWII, Beijing temporarily banned cars from its street and closed factories for a day of clear, perfect skies. (Photo: GreenArcher04/ Flickr)
Smog One Day, Blue Skies the Next: Beijing Gets a Breath of Fresh Air
For the first time in a long time, the color of Beijing’s sky was a perfect azure blue. From August 20 to September 3, the city’s clear sky offered a breath of fresh air for residents, and gave many a ...
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Despite being nearly 50 years old, bike share is only recently seeing widespread international growth. However, with better data and improved models, bike share's future looks extremely bright. (Photo: LesHaines / Flickr)
From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
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