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.
After using GPS devices to track the routes of tens of millions of taxis over the past two years, New York City officials have created a database of speeds and travel routes that gives them a clear picture of the city’s traffic.
New Hampshire and Massachusetts state lawmakers turn away from the idea of highway tolling.
Quality of Life
A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study says redevelopment of urban centers has continued to outpace construction in the outskirts of suburbia, suggesting a “fundamental shift” in the real estate market.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing delivered his first “state of the city” speech, highlighting proposals that could revision the struggling city including the demolition of up to 10,000 derelict and abandoned homes over the next three years and a land-use plan that will downsize the city to reflect its population decline.
The fifth World Urban Forum, a global event organized by UN-Habitat, began this week in Rio de Janeiro. More than 21,000 delegates from around the world came to discuss the role of cities can play in sustainable development.
Communities around the world are joining the Transition movement, catalyzing local initiatives that promote resilience and “reskilling” to prepare for peak oil and climate change.
The land underneath a Toronto highway overpass will be converted into a neighborhood park, hopefully sparking the revival of an underused waterfront neighborhood.
This New York Times Magazine photo spread depicts extreme home makeovers involving the conversions of shipping containers, salvaged material from Boston’s Big Dig, water towers, and even caves into housing.
Technology and Innovation
A vending machine for cyclists opens up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, carrying tire patch kits, pumps, brake pads, small U-locks, and other items needed for a quick repair.