Forecast for the Future’s Cities: Hot!
Sometimes a giant ice block can help make hot days more manageable. But permeable surfaces - like that pictured above - can also help cool us down. Photo via Houston Marsh.
On the hottest days of summer, AC-less city-folk can be found sticking their heads in refrigerators and sinks full of ice water, putting their faces in front of fans — or open fire hydrants — and guzzling ice cold beverages ...
Rio Passengers Get More Time on Transit for Single Fare
Rio's "Bilhete Unico." Image via Rio Card.
Recently, we wrote about how public transit costs and long travel times can force people to sleep on the streets in Rio’s central zones. Now, the state government has taken a small but promising step toward relieving these problems by ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 2: U.S. Public Transit is Up, World’s Worst Commutes, Blue or Black Bike Lanes
Are blue or black bikelanes safer for bikers? Photo by Mikel Tjemsland
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 ...
Joint WMATA Governance Review Task Force Met With Frustration
How can a task force get input from the public if not enough people show up? Photo by Daquella manera.
This morning’s Board of Trade/Council of Governments task force meeting to gain public input on Metro governance and best practices was a disappointment, expressed many participants. Here are some of the complaints that resonated among most of the 12 speakers who ...
Tomorrow is Another Day for Atlanta's Sustainable Transport
There’s still hope for sustainable transit around Peachtree Street. On June 2, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill (HB 277) for the state, which we’re hoping will help Georgian cities – Atlanta, in particular – invest more ...
Car Ownership or Ease of Driving: Which is the Real Challenge?
Car Ownership or Ease of Driving: Which is the Real Challenge?
The rapid motorization of countries like China and India is a scary prospect. China and India alone acheiving the same levels of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita as the United States would probably push us past irrevocable climactic tipping ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 2: U.S. Public Transit is Up, World's Worst Commutes, Blue or Black Bike Lanes
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 ...
Spotlight on the World Cup: Small Urban Interventions Enhance Host City
Redesigned Oppenheimer Park features public art, landscaping and an amphitheatre. Photo by Aileen Carrigan.
I’ve been in Johannesburg for the past two and a half weeks for the World Cup, perfecting my vuvuzela skills, watching endless hours of soccer and enjoying the fantastic festival atmosphere here. Living in Cape Town in 2004 when South ...
Kids Safer on the Subway
Kids in NYC are safer than others around the United States because they ride public transit more. Photo via Susan NYC.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of fatal injuries for children one to twelve years old in the United States. In New York City, where kids rely much more on public transit, they die in traffic accidents at less than ...
Tomorrow is Another Day for Atlanta’s Sustainable Transport
Traffic on Atlanta's roads has doubled with the area's population over the past twenty years. Photo via jcburns.
There’s still hope for sustainable transit around Peachtree Street. On June 2, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill (HB 277) for the state, which we’re hoping will help Georgian cities – Atlanta, in particular – invest more ...