Posts tagged with 'D.C.'
80% of Goods Start or End in Cities. It’s Time We Start Taking Urban Freight Seriously.
80% of Goods Start or End in Cities. It’s Time We Start Taking Urban Freight Seriously.
This is part one of our series on urban freight and achieving a “triple zero” bottom-line: zero emissions, zero road deaths and zero exclusion from core services and opportunities. A line of trucks files patiently into the Port of Shenzhen. ...
Watch These 4 Clean Energy Trends in U.S. Cities in 2020
Watch These 4 Clean Energy Trends in U.S. Cities in 2020
At the start of this new decade, American cities, states and businesses have already come a long way on the road to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to help tackle the climate crisis: 155 cities have committed to 100% community-wide renewable energy; ...
Avenue of Possibility: Washington Celebrates Its First Open Streets Day
Avenue of Possibility: Washington Celebrates Its First Open Streets Day
If asked what they were planning for Saturday afternoon, most residents of American cities wouldn’t say dancing in the middle of the street. Yet on October 5, that’s exactly what many did during Washington’s first ever Open Streets Day, which ...
Lumber Salvaged from Baltimore’s Row Houses and City Trees Creates Jobs and Cuts Wood Waste
Lumber Salvaged from Baltimore’s Row Houses and City Trees Creates Jobs and Cuts Wood Waste
Baltimore, like many post-industrial cities, confronts novel challenges. Once the sixth largest city in the U.S., Baltimore’s population has contracted by more than a third, resulting from a complex suite of factors including job loss, economic decline, and discriminatory policies or housing and lending practices. It’s ...
Is Your City Serious About Road Safety? Look for These 3 Things
Is Your City Serious About Road Safety? Look for These 3 Things
Thirty-six people died in traffic crashes in Washington, D.C., last year, a 20% increase from 2017. Eight people, six of whom were walking or biking, have already been killed this year, prompting a major public rally just two weeks ago. ...
3 Ways Cities Can Harness the Benefits of the Bike-Share Revolution
3 Ways Cities Can Harness the Benefits of the Bike-Share Revolution
Introduced in a basic form in the 1960s, bike-sharing services are now seemingly ubiquitous in many major cities. The propagation of “dockless” systems, shared bicycles that can be parked nearly anywhere, has led to unprecedented growth, increasing the number of ...
D.C. Just Released the First Evaluation of Its Dockless Bike and Scooter Experiment
D.C. Just Released the First Evaluation of Its Dockless Bike and Scooter Experiment
Washington, DC, has been one of the foremost laboratories for tech-driven innovations in the transport sector. The city implemented North America’s first bike-share system, and most recently it welcomed companies to experiment with the latest transport trend: “micro mobility,” or ...
Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?
Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?
With ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft continuing to gain popularity and drawing attention for their impact on congestion and other urban ills, cities from Washington to São Paolo are moving to the seemingly inevitable next step: special taxes. This is unsurprising. ...
True Affordability: Critiquing the International Housing Affordability Survey
True Affordability: Critiquing the International Housing Affordability Survey
Unaffordability is a major problem in cities of all kinds. Many households spend far more on housing and transportation than is considered affordable, and many people who would like to live in magnet cities cannot due to these costs. Cities ...
Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles? The Uncertain Road Ahead
Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles? The Uncertain Road Ahead
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are already being tested in California, Pittsburgh, Singapore, Paris and Oslo. As they spread, they are becoming a natural flashpoint for debate. Proponents of AVs point to their promise of a safer, faster, cleaner and more convenient ...
Davis Wang: Mobike Now Serves 4 Million People a Day in Beijing
Davis Wang: Mobike Now Serves 4 Million People a Day in Beijing
China has more than 16 million bikes on the streets today that don’t belong to anyone and pass from rider to rider with the tap of a smartphone. With the new addition of new dockless models, many are simply left ...
Ride-Hailing: Great for Users, But Sustainability Is an Open Question
Ride-Hailing: Great for Users, But Sustainability Is an Open Question
“Ride-hailing” or “ride-sourcing” companies like Uber, Easy Taxi, Ola and Didi have made it much easier for passengers to get around cities everywhere, providing real-time location data, increasingly accurate arrival times, seamless payment and customized services. Goldman Sachs estimates the ...
WRI Ross Center at the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting
WRI Ross Center at the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington D.C. on January 7-12. The meeting program will cover all modes of transportation, with more than 5,000 presentations in over 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest ...
World Water Day: How “Sludge” Can Power China’s Cities While Cutting Emissions
World Water Day: How “Sludge” Can Power China’s Cities While Cutting Emissions
Last December, Beijing’s city government issued a “red alert” for smog levels—the highest possible designation. Schools and construction sites closed, traffic was restricted, and air pollution reached 10 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limit. Meanwhile, residents in neighboring cities ...
Gangding Station in Guangzhou, China. Photo by Benjamin/Flickr. Cropped.
Live from Transforming Transportation: Integrated Mobility / Managing Governance
EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport and urban development program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Bank are co-organizing Transforming Transportation on January 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C. Join the conversation on social media with hashtag #TTDC14, by following @EMBARQNetwork and @wbsustaindev on Twitter, ...
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