Cities in Focus: Curitiba
The famous bus station of Curitiba's BRT. Photo by Zhu.
Last night, EMBARQ (the producer of this blog) premiered the latest video in its documentary series, “Cities in Focus: Curitiba,” a five-minute film that profiles innovative examples of sustainable urban development, with a focus on transit-oriented development (TOD) and bus rapid ...
Chicago Innovates Urban Planning with Participatory Communication
Chicago is emphasizing citizen involvement in its planning developments.
CEOs for Cities recently launched the Give a Minute campaign in Chicago to figure out what would encourage Chicagoans to walk, bike or take Chicago Transit Authority trains more often. In short, Chicago wants to hear from the people who ...
Taxis: The New Frontier of Sustainable Transportation
Each city deals with its own unique challenges of regulating taxis. Taxis in Tokyo. Photo by Altus.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to promote the use of electric and energy efficient taxi cabs globally and in New York, a city known for its gas guzzling Crown Victoria cabs. Bloomberg was elected chair of the ...
TheCityFix Picks, November 12: Hot Sprawl, Biofuel Brings Carbon, Les Abribus Montréalais
Montréal is set to replace 400 bus shelters by 2013. Rendering by Leblanc + Turcotte + Spooner.
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 ...
U.S. Department of Transportation Supports Walk-Friendly Communities
U.S. Department of Transportation Supports Walk-Friendly Communities
U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood recently announced the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program, an initiative that “will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort.” The initiative ...
How Much Money Does Public Transportation Save?
How much is your vehicle costing you at the pump? Photo by Sanford Kearns.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its monthly “The Transit Savings Report” detailing how riding public transportation on average saves money. The report found that individuals save $9,515 annually (up by a few hundred dollars from this time last year) ...
Public Art, Public Space and Great Places
Urban Repair Squad imagery. Photo by Martin Reis.
The concept of the “Do-It-Yourself” (D.I.Y.) city is far more complex than stereotypes of young people pasting posters to walls or hastily drawing bike markers on streets. Take, for example, our post on Latino New Urbanism about how immigrants are shaping ...
Mapnificent: How Far Can You Go in 15 Minutes?
DC accessible within 15 minutes. Screenshot from Mapnificent.
Above is an image of areas in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C., specifically at Meridian Street and 14th Street, that are accessible within 15 minutes, thanks to a new mapping tool called Mapnificent, powered by Google Maps. Mapnificent is less ...
Friday Fun: Got Bus?
View from a submission to GOOD Magazine of a rider's favorite bus stop.
Until noon today, get your images to GOOD Magazine capturing your favorite bus or bus stop in the U.S.  The magazine has teamed up with the advocacy organization, Transportation Alternatives, to “give a little love to one of the least ...
Event Wrap-up: Seminar on Sustainable Transportation
Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik.
The Swedish Trade Council and the Embassy of Sweden hosted a seminar on sustainable transportation last week at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., as part of their fall program, “Shaping Tomorrow’s World – Infrastructure & Intelligent Mobility.” With ...