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Lee Epstein / The Atlantic Cities / August 19, 2013
When California’s S.B. 375 was passed in 2008, there were many skeptics. The law aimed to get metropolitan regions around the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions through changes to development form and transportation. (If it were a country, California would rank somewhere between the world’s tenth and twelfth largest economy, so its effect could be significant.)
In 2011, the California Air Resources Board set GHG emissions reduction targets by metro region for passenger vehicles (passenger vehicles account for almost a third of GHGs in the state). Eighteen Metropolitan PlanningRead More
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities / July 11, 2013
The report “Innovation and the City” [PDF] is an important addition to our knowledge of urban policy innovation. It summarizes the results of a six-month research effort by policy researchers at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and the New York-based Center for an Urban Future. The research team interviewed over 200 experts (including our own Emily Badger) and surveyed more than 120 policy innovations. (I should disclose here that I am Global Research Professor for the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies).
These responses wereRead More
Eric Jaffe / The Atlantic Cities / June 28, 2013
The core problem of creating sustainable cities is as well-known as it is tricky. On the one hand, everyone who’s thoughtful about urban sustainability admits the environmental, economic, and social problems of sprawl and auto-dependency. On the other hand, everyone who’s realistic about the situation must admit that people are crazy about their cars and pretty keen on low-density, single-family homes, too.
Most of the modern attempts to reconcile this problem, at least in U.S. metropolitan areas, create more problems of their own. Smart growth initiatives to increase densification,Read More
Eric Jaffe / The Atlantic Cities / June 26, 2013
Mull this one over next you’re stuck in traffic on your way into or out of work.
What if instead of leaving your house and chancing the congestion on your rush-hour commute, you could reserve a space on the road just like you reserve a table at a restaurant? Then you’d simply drive to the highway or major intersection at the appropriate time, announce via technology that you’re here, pay a market fee (just as you pay your check after eating), then enjoy a smooth ride. Sure, you’d lose one more excuse for being late to the office — but a considerably miserable part of your dayRead More
Dr, Mirek Piechowski / DesignBuildSource / June 7, 2013
Tall buildings are seen by many as an adaptation strategy in response to a growing population and urbanisation. Today, more than 50 per cent of the world’s population lives in cities and by 2050, the population is predicted to reach 9 billion, of which an estimated 70 per cent will be living in cities. In this scenario, it seems that the only solution is to build upward while at the same time slowing population growth over time.
Broadening the technology focused approach
Skyscrapers resonate with many as romantic endeavours. Putting their undeniable romanticism to one side, tall buildingsRead More