Posts tagged with 'quality of life'
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 ...
Philips Wants Your Ideas for Livable Cities
Philips Wants Your Ideas for Livable Cities
Philips, the multinational electronics company, recently announced its Livable Cities Award, “looking for individuals, community or non-governmental organizations and businesses who have ideas – ideas for ‘simple solutions’ that will improve people’s health and well-being in a city.” The contest is split into three ...
Can You Tell Me How to Get to...a Safer Street?
Can You Tell Me How to Get to…a Safer Street?
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the popular Sesame Street brand, has joined the Global Road Safety Partnership to educate children and families about the importance of road safety, especially in low- and middle-income countries. With the help of its ...
Coming Soon: Lima’s Metropolitano BRT
Coming Soon: Lima’s Metropolitano BRT
From 2006-2007, I spent one year living in Lima, Peru and researching its public transit system. Anyone who’s visited Peru’s capital understands what an adventure this was. Some of my most vivid memories of that time are of clinging to ...
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 ...
Another U.S. Federal Agency on Board with Sustainable Transport
Another U.S. Federal Agency on Board with Sustainable Transport
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation…and now Health and Human Services, all lining up behind sustainable transportation goals? Could this be true? It could, and it is. The U.S. Department of Health ...
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 Film Series Showcases City Transportation Innovations
New Film Series Showcases City Transportation Innovations
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) today kicked off a new series of high-energy films documenting innovative transportation projects in big cities across the nation. The series of seven films showcases projects in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, Phoenix ...
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 ...
Restrictions on Cycle Rickshaws Arbitrary, says Delhi High Court
Restrictions on Cycle Rickshaws Arbitrary, says Delhi High Court
In a landmark decision last month, the Delhi High Court ruled that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s policy of limiting the number of cycle rickshaws is unconstitutional. This verdict represents a key step in defending the right to the road ...
Top 21 Time-Saving Cities
Top 21 Time-Saving Cities
Cities have been ranked in all kinds of ways. Best places to live, best access to the outdoors, most walkable, most obese, ease of landing a green job, best street art. Now, there’s a new city ranking: Real Simple magazine ...
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