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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

Profile of an Urban Planner: Andrew Howard, Founder of Team Better Block

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Profile of an Urban Planner: Andrew Howard, Founder of Team Better Block

Part of a video series profiling Loeb Fellows, this video offers an in-depth look at the recent work of Andrew Howard, founder of Team Better Block, and his innovations in the world of urban planning.

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Frederick, MD: Hood College Class Evaluates Bike Lanes

Friday, December 12th, 2014
Frederick, MD: Hood College Class Evaluates Bike Lanes

Students in Hood College’s ENSP 101 study the effects of a bike lane in their Frederick, MD neighborhood.

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The Macro View on Micro Units

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Micro Units

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
A common perception exists that unit sizes in new apartments have been shrinking as developers seek higher density and higher revenue per square foot to offset rising land value and construction costs and to hold monthly rent at an affordable level relative to income. The ultimate incarnation of this trend has been the introduction—or the reintroduction—of very small units, often referred to as micro units.

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Learning from Sprawl

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Learning from Sprawl

What is urban sprawl? In this 3-minute history of urban form, Ryan Gravel, Senior Urban Designer at Perkins+Will in Atlanta, explores the cultural motivations for today’s sprawl, then connects the dots to predict a hopeful future for our cities.

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State of the Cities Report

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
CITIES USED IN THE 2014 SAMPLE

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES
Increasing population growth in cities not only leads to greater citizen demand on local government but also creates an entire new ecosystem in which local governments must respond and adapt. In a world where the only constant is change, a mayoral focus on future opportunities and challenges is imperative. City leaders need to grapple with and understand how decisions today can help create socially cohesive places years into the future where the benefits of growth enhance quality of life for all residents.

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Seattle, WA: Jimi Hendrix Bus Shelter

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Seattle, WA: Jimi Hendrix Bus Shelter

King County Metro Transit unveiled the Jimi Hendrix-themed bus shelter at 23rd Avenue and Massachusetts Street as part of its ongoing bus shelter mural program…Jimi Hendrix Park and the new Metro stop shelter are located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Central District, a thriving multi-cultural community rich in heritage. Nestled adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum.

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NYC: Introducing the Fulton Transit Center

Friday, November 14th, 2014
NYC: Introducing the Fulton Transit Center

Learn all about the Fulton Center, the new gateway to Lower Manhattan.

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Chicago: Ride Along on the Red Line ‘L’

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Chicago: Ride Along on the Red Line ‘L’

The CTA has more than 224 miles of railroad tracks across Chicago and surrounding suburbs, serving the agency’s eight rail lines. In an average weekday, there are about 2,200 train trips making stops at the system’s 145 rail stations. For more than 100 years, the ‘L’ has offered a unique perspective of Chicago.

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How to Be Prepared For the Inevitable Takeover of Autonomous Vehicles: A Letter to Jeff Brandes

Friday, November 7th, 2014
"I sure hope no one else gets in here." Photo from Car and Driver.

In Florida, Republican state senator Jeff Brandes is making the case that Pinellas County – home of the last metro area in the U.S. to develop a regional transit network – shouldn’t invest in light rail because autonomous vehicles will make mass transit pointless…In that spirit, I’ve put together a list of recommendations that Mr. Brandes can use in developing policy to prepare for this brave new world of robotic transportation. It’s one thing not to waste money on a boondoggle technology like light rail that’s faithfully served people for barely even 100 years –if we’re serious about autonomous vehicles and their guaranteed ability to solve all of our problems, we need to be more proactive.

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Utah DOT: Integrating All Modes of Transportation

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Utah DOT: Integrating All Modes of Transportation

This video explains improvements UDOT is making across the signals system, including an explanation how the radar works for vehicle and bicycle detection. Over the last year integrated transportation was implemented on projects on Redwood Road, S.R. 68.

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