Posts in the 'Urban Development' category
Access for All: Rio Street Dwellers Blame Poor Public Transit
Access for All: Rio Street Dwellers Blame Poor Public Transit
This is the first post in TheCityFix’s series, “Access for All,” about how we can use sustainable transportation development to ensure increased accessibility for poor city dwellers, particularly in developing countries. As Rio prepares to host the World Cup in ...
Keepin' Up with Curitiba
Keepin' Up with Curitiba
Curitiba, Brazil has long provided a global model for successful integration of transportation and land use planning, with a focus on environmental preservation. And recent innovations –  including the brand new Green Line and an expanded traditional route  – deserve international ...
McKinsey: India's "Urban Awakening" Depends on Sustainable Transport and Land Use
McKinsey: India's "Urban Awakening" Depends on Sustainable Transport and Land Use
“If India continues with its current unplanned urbanization path, it will result in a sharp deterioration in the quality of life in its cities, putting even today’s rates of economic growth at risk,” says an April 2010 report published by ...
New Report: "Bright Flight" Means Younger, More Affluent Cities
New Report: "Bright Flight" Means Younger, More Affluent Cities
A new study from the Brookings Institution, “The State of Metropolitan America,” shows that, for the first time, America’s suburbs are more likely to be home to minorities, the poor and a rapidly growing older population, while younger, educated whites ...
Up, Up and Away in a Cable Car
Up, Up and Away in a Cable Car
Cable cars, also known as ropeways or aerial tramways, don’t get much respect. These types of transportation systems, in which a cabin or other conveyance is suspended from a fixed cable and pulled by another cable, are often thought of ...
A Day Without Auto Rickshaws: Inconvenience, Intimidation and Corruption
A Day Without Auto Rickshaws: Inconvenience, Intimidation and Corruption
An estimated 55,000 auto rickshaw drivers went on strike in Delhi last week, complicating commutes by putting extra pressure on other modes of public transit. The strike was led by auto rickshaw drivers’ unions, which demanded a fare increase and ...
Boosting Property Values Near BRT
Boosting Property Values Near BRT
Many transit advocates agree that bus rapid transit (BRT) can provide high-quality, efficient transportation at a fraction of the cost of rail. However, a common concern about BRT is that routes are not as permanent as tracks – in theory, ...
Build a Better Burb
Build a Better Burb
There has been a crisis of imagination, and your bold new ideas are urgently needed. There should be no preconceptions about what is or is not possible. What would you do on these acres of opportunity? Build a car-free community ...
Guangzhou's BRT: Revolutionizing Perceptions of Bus Travel in China
Guangzhou's BRT: Revolutionizing Perceptions of Bus Travel in China
In the past several weeks, we’ve covered some ground-breaking bus rapid transit (BRT) systems on TheCityFix, including Ahmedabad’s Janmarg, the first full-featured BRT in India, and Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya, which will eventually be the first full-featured BRT in Africa. The ...
Shining Light on India's Auto Rickshaw Sector
Shining Light on India's Auto Rickshaw Sector
As Delhi prepares for this fall’s Commonwealth Games, a fierce debate is raging over how best to transform the place into a “world-class city”. Some – like chief minister Sheila Dikshit – argue that banning auto rickshaws is a key ...
New Report: Fundamental Real Estate Shift in the U.S.?
New Report: Fundamental Real Estate Shift in the U.S.?
Residential construction in urban neighborhoods has accelerated over the past two decades, says a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 2010 edition of Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions foresees a fundamental shift in the real ...
Q&A: Three Years of Transantiago
Q&A: Three Years of Transantiago
Transantiago, the public transport system in Santiago, Chile that combines bus rapid transit (BRT), feeder bus lines and a metro system, celebrated its third birthday last month. You may remember the news coverage from its opening weeks in February 2007. ...
Moving through the Recession, Part 5: Are Exurbs Still Declining?
Moving through the Recession, Part 5: Are Exurbs Still Declining?
Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors announced that sales of previously occupied homes in the United States fell 0.6 percent last month. This drop came after a sharp decrease in December and a more modest one in January. ...
The Role of Auto Rickshaws in Modern Indian Cities
The Role of Auto Rickshaws in Modern Indian Cities
In recent years, auto rickshaws have been a topic of endless controversy in India. Proponents maintain that they are a vital mode of transport in Indian cities, providing low-cost mobility and connecting travelers to mass transit and even directly to ...
More on Ahmedabad’s Janmarg BRT: Accessibility and Signage
More on Ahmedabad’s Janmarg BRT: Accessibility and Signage
Last week, Prajna Rao, a transport planner at the Centre for Sustainable Transport in India (a member of the EMBARQ Network, which produces this blog), posted a photographic tour of Ahmedabad’s new bus rapid transit (BRT) system, known as Janmarg. ...
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