Q&A: Oakland Urban Visionary Discusses City’s New Streetcar Plan
Daniel Jacobson's Oakland Streetcar Project would bring new development and jobs to Oakland while cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half. Image via OaklandStreetcarPlan.com.
Within five to ten years, Oakland, Calif., has the potential to become a model of urban revitalization and sustainable livability. It may sound a bit paradoxical — but it’s possible. The name Oakland still too often conjures images of a ...
"Urban Repair Squad" Makes Over São Paulo Streets
São Paulo, Brazil is notorious for its horrifically congested streets. The city has the world’s sixth most painful commute, and motorization in the metropolitan area of more than 19 million residents is growing by 10 percent per year. But just ...
Meter Jam: A Campaign to Boycott Auto-Rickshaws and Taxis
Meter Jam: A Campaign to Boycott Auto-Rickshaws and Taxis
Originally posted on TheCityFix Mumbai: “Meter Jam” is the new buzz word among quite a few commuters in Mumbai this week. The Meter Jam campaign is the brainchild of three advertising professionals in Mumbai, who are using the power of ...
Is Your City a Smarter City?
In part thanks to an abundance of wind power opportunities, Denton, Texas, made the list of small smarter cities for energy, with the distinction of being the city with the most wind power per capita in the country. Photo via Horatio3k.
The Natural Resources Defense Council‘s online resource center, SmarterCities.org,  has named 22 cities “2010 Smarter Cities” for their investment in low-carbon energy and efforts to become more energy efficient and conservation-minded urban spaces. “Energy” is the first of about a dozen ...
Tip of the Helmet: Bird Names for Bike Crossings and Capital Bikeshare Swag
A new contraflow bike lane on New Hampshire Avenue. Photo via DDOTDC.
Two recent developments in D.C. merit a Tip of the Helmet, the second installment of our Colbert-inspired series to highlight recent promising developments in the sustainable transport world.
TheCityFix Picks, August 13: BRT in Tanzania, Transbay Transit Center, Buttery Biodiesel
Construction on the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco was begun. Among those at the ceremony were U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Photo by Speaker Pelosi
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
“Urban Repair Squad” Makes Over São Paulo Streets
The 'urban repair squad' paints pedestrian crosswalk lines at Pelican crossing during Spain-Paraguay match. Photo via Treehugger.
São Paulo, Brazil is notorious for its horrifically congested streets. The city has the world’s sixth most painful commute, and motorization in the metropolitan area of more than 19 million residents is growing by 10 percent per year. But just ...
New York City Phases Out Crown Vic Taxicabs
What will take the Crown Victoria's place in New York City's taxi fleet? Image via NPR.
What’s the perfect taxicab? For many New York City cabbies, the answer is easy: the Crown Victoria. For years, Ford’s stretch Crown Victoria — or the Crown Vic, as many drivers endearingly refer to it — has served New Yorkers ...
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
"The Constitution says 'We the people...' not 'The government and the citizens...' Boundaries don’t matter." Image by opensourceway
According to a recent report from the National League of Cities, 75% of American cities report an overall worsening of economic conditions and 68% have shelved or canceled capital projects. Cities are hurting and officials are asking “What to do?” ...
California Drive-Thru Ban and the "Health in All Policies" Approach
The city of Baldwin Park, Calif. — the birthplace of the drive-thru restaurant  – made the news this week after city officials banned construction of any new drive-thrus for at least the next nine months. The first In-N-Out drive-thru burger joint ...