Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo Exposes Challenges for China’s Cities
The China Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo: What does it say about the future of Chinese cities? Photo by lee_blake_somerset.
Cities in China are “becoming ever less habitable,” and their future will depend on an “urban awakening” that includes the Chinese government’s support of public participation in urban planning and decision-making, says Zhang Song, a professor at Tongji University’s College ...
New York Subway Getting Wired
A plan to bring WiFi and cellular service to NYC's subway system is back on track. Photo via NY Daily News.
New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has been testing Wi-Fi technology and cellular service in its subway system for a few years now. And back in 2007, the city made a deal with Transit Wireless to wire all of ...
Friday Fun: People on Public Transit Illustrated
Public transit can provide great opportunities for artists to capture people going places. Drawing by Aurora Andrews.
In case you haven’t seen it, Flickr has a fantastic public group called People on Public Transit; it features – you guessed it — people riding public transit all around the world. But illustrations of people on public transit can often capture ...
London Shifts into Bike-Share Gear
A new bike share system in London adds momentum to a two-wheel revolution in cities around the world. Image via Barclays.com.
Just after officially opening two of twelve planned “Barclay’s Cycle Superhighways,” London is now just days away from launching its new bike share system. The system, called Barclay’s Cycle Hire (at this point, the sponsor has become obvious, right?), will ...
Minimum Knowledge about Minimum Parking Requirements
Minimum Knowledge about Minimum Parking Requirements
WHAT THEY ARE Minimum parking requirements require developers to construct a minimum number of parking spots, depending on the zone and type of development — business or residential, for instance. As Michael Lewyn points out, for new residential developments in Jacksonville, ...
Mayoral Bike to Work Day?
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa broke his elbow while cyclist last weekend when a car abruptly pulled into his bike lane. Photo via DailyBreeze.com.
Last weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa experienced firsthand why city cyclists are constantly complaining about disrespectful drivers on the streets. Villaraigosa, who began to actively promote biking in L.A. after attending the Copenhagen climate conference in December, was out ...
Transport and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean
Poor transit options can perpetuate cycles of inequality in Latin America. Improvements in public transit -- with BRT systems like Bogota's TransMilenio, pictured above -- can help poor people break this cycle. Photo via Gerard :-[.
Last week, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released its first Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The report, “Acting On The Future: Breaking The Intergenerational Cycle Of Inequality” (PDF in Spanish), focuses on policies that ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 23: Greek, U.S. Transport in Disrepair; Hot Air is Poor Air; Chinese Carbon; Roads Ground to Gravel
Several rural communities across the United States avoid the high cost of repaving roads by ripping them up. Photo by ben matthews :::
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 ...
No Need for Change: Hawaiian Town Provides Free Shuttle for the Homeless
Two donated buses and two 15-passenger vans will serve as shuttles from Kalaeloa transitional centers to a transit hub and through Kalaeloa. Photo via Hawaii Community Development Authority.
Not Your Grandfather's Greyhound: Buses Take Off for Inter-City Travel
Buses are a transportation success story, according to this article in the New York Times. Last year, the story says, bus service increased by 5 percent, and it rose nearly 10 percent in 2008, according to research led by Joseph ...