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Bikes vs. Cars
Bikes vs. Cars
Here’s a neat picture from Adrien Rovero, that nicely compares the amount of urban space needed for a bike compared with that needed for a car. Photo from INOUT DESIGNERS.
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The Origins of Bloomberg’s PLANYC
The Origins of Bloomberg’s PLANYC
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking at Regional Planning Association annual meeting. Photo by Ethan Arpi. In The World In 2008 – a supplement to the Economist – Mayor Bloomberg outlines some of the aims and inspirations for his super-ambitious PLANYC, ...
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Will Smog Darken China’s Debutante Ball?
Will Smog Darken China’s Debutante Ball?
A miasma of soot and smog sits over Beijing. Photo by +212. “Should I run behind a bus and breathe in the exhaust? Should I train on the highway during rush hour? Is there any way to acclimate myself to ...
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Istanbul: A Pedestrian City?
Istanbul: A Pedestrian City?
Horses, like cars, are allowed in contemporary Istanbul. Photo “on the bosphorus bridge” by saragoldsmith on flickr. Historically, Istanbul – once known as Constantinople – was a pedestrian city, a far cry from what it has become with its streets ...
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Beijing Is Smoking!
Beijing Is Smoking!
Smokey skies. Photo by jaaron Angel Hsu, a colleague of mine who travels quite a bit to China to promote the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, an accounting tool used for measuring greenhouse gases, sent me an email today after checking the ...
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Making Mass Transit a Priority in India
Making Mass Transit a Priority in India
A view of Hyderabad. Photo by pangalactic gargleblaster. “We clearly want to move into a much stronger system of public transport in order to avoid excessive dependence on individualized forms of transport, which are both energy using and emission generating,” ...
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Sao Paulo: City of Walls
Para espanol, clique aqui. São Paulo is a city of walls erected on a foundation of fear, with it’s 11 million residents, or at least the subset that can afford to, hunkering down in gated condominiums, strolling in private parks, ...
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Mexico City Launches Grope-Free, Women-Only Buses
Mexico City Launches Grope-Free, Women-Only Buses
Photo by y-cart. Following the lead of Tokyo, where the subway has implemented female-only cars so that women can avoid the unwanted gaze or grope of overly-aggressive men, Mexico City has now introduced buses reserved exclusively for women. “One time ...
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Si Lolo puede salvar al planeta, ¿por qué tú no?
In this great ad from MTV a donkey named Lolo takes the bus. The caption says “If Lolo can save the planet, why can’t you? Leave the car and take public transit. Let’s stop global warming.” The car industry’s total ...
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Tokyo's Concrete Jungle Gets A Little Greener
In Tokyo, green space is scarce. Photo by Yuki Yaginuma. Over at PingMag, a website that bills itself as “an online design magazine based in Tokyo,” you can find some really neat photos and videos about what Tokyo’s residents are ...