China’s Clean Air Challenge: Time to Cut Maritime Pollution
China’s Clean Air Challenge: Time to Cut Maritime Pollution
While cars and trucks are often blamed for air pollution, it’s time to bring ships into the equation. The maritime sector—mainly ships and ports—contributes a large share of air pollutant emissions in coastal cities and casts a deathly pall over ...
Are Trains Better Than Bus Rapid Transit Systems? A Look at the Evidence
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The world’s great public transit systems: Tokyo’s Metro, London’s Tube, Hong Kong’s MTR…and Mexico City’s bus rapid transit corridors? Trains are often seen as the pinnacle of modern urban transport infrastructure. They’re green and efficient, supported by permanent, complex track ...
Fortaleza and São Paulo Experiment with Street Transformations
Fortaleza and São Paulo Experiment with Street Transformations
Who has the right to the city? While giving priority to pedestrians may seem obvious, many cities have been built around reliance on the automobile and now struggle to reclaim streets for pedestrians or fail to see the value in ...
Amazon’s Challenge Shows Importance of Good Transit for Cities
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Amazon’s recent announcement that it is seeking to build a second headquarters in a major North American city has sent cities from Los Angeles, to Chicago, to Toronto scrambling to outbid each other in an attempt to woo the corporate ...
Do Brands Matter in Public Transit?
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Metrolinx, the provincial government agency that oversees public transit in southern Ontario, including Toronto, recently found itself under fire for spending upwards of a quarter of a million dollars to refresh its brand. The agency says the primary impetus for the project ...
Addis Ababa’s New Light-Rail Network Gets a Safety Audit
Addis Ababa’s New Light-Rail Network Gets a Safety Audit
Addis Ababa’s light rail transit system (LRT), launched in October 2015 as the first LRT in sub-Saharan Africa, serves some 120,000 passengers a day. The LRT may help reduce travel times for some, and lead to a safer, cleaner transport ...
Beyond "Take, Make, Waste": Developing Cities Show the Possibilities of the Circular Economy
Beyond "Take, Make, Waste": Developing Cities Show the Possibilities of the Circular Economy
By 2050, the global population is expected to soar beyond 9 billion people, 66 percent of whom may live in cities. Accompanying this stunning pace of urbanization will be a complex web of challenges related to consumption, pollution and water and energy stresses. Recently, ...
The Crisis in Affordable Housing Is a Problem for Cities Everywhere
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There has perhaps been more attention paid to affordable housing this year than any in recent memory, but it took a tragedy to make it so. The horror of Grenfell Tower touched off a national conversation in the United Kingdom ...
Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Rit Aggarwala says we should think of the city as a machine. “It requires capacity to handle the people, the traffic, the throughput, the sewage, the garbage, everything that a city is there to handle. And if it is overcapacity, ...
Make Cycling Safer in China – By Design
Make Cycling Safer in China - By Design
The original version of this article appeared on ChinaDaily. The renaissance of bike-riding is a welcome development, so let’s improve conditions for the users. Orange, yellow, blue, green, rainbow…bike lanes in Chinese cities are quite colorful these days. Thanks to ...