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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

The Scoop on Stormwater

Friday, July 21st, 2017
The Scoop on Stormwater

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots in cities and their suburbs, the water cannot soak into the ground as it should. Stormwater drains through gutters, storm sewers, and other engineered collection systems and is discharged into nearby water bodies. The stormwater runoff carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape. Higher flows resulting from heavy rains also can cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure.

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Is this the future?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
ITS - US GAO

It sounds a bit futuristic – transportation systems that direct people and resources based on artificial intelligence. Is that really a possibility? Actually, it’s happening now – in real time! When smart transportation technology first became part of the ever-changing transportation landscape, it was used primarily for traffic management. Now, smart transportation technology is used for much more, and when it incorporates artificial intelligence, the capabilities are astounding.

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Massachusetts DOT: Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Massachusetts DOT: Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet

With the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists on the rise, MassDOT has launched a campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. We all play an important role in keeping our roads safe, please do your part and “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Ranking Sustainability: What U.S. Cities Can Learn From European Peers

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
2016 Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index

What about North American cities? The index found they have a lot to learn from their international peers. Vancouver was the continent’s leader at 23rd in the overall ratings, while U.S. cities failed to enter the top quartile. The closest contender was New York City at 26th place…Infrastructure differences help explain why European cities outpaced U.S. and Canadian counterparts. Many European urban centers were settled before the automobile age and, as a result, are densely settled and supported by well-established public transportation systems. However, many American cities outside the Northeast grew with automobiles in mind. “Carcentric designs can lead to urban sprawl and a large carbon footprint, with enormous costs,” Dalkmann says. “Those are fundamental challenges for U.S. cities in terms of sustainability.”

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STREETFILMS: A Lovely Pedestrian Network in Boston

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
STREETFILMS: A Lovely Pedestrian Network in Boston

Streetfilms footage of Downton Crossing, a neighborhood in Boston with a very robust pedestrian network.

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Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation

The world is on the cusp of three revolutions in transportation: vehicle electrification, automation, and widespread shared mobility (sharing of vehicle trips). Separately or together, these revolutions will fundamentally change urban transportation around the world over the next three decades.

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Los Angeles: 360 Degree Video Tour of LA Subway

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Los Angeles: 360 Degree Video Tour of LA Subway

Look up. Look down. Look all around as you bore under the city of Los Angeles, 60 feet below the brew pubs and poke shops with a crew of hardhats and the mechanical gopher of a machine that’s clawing out a new subway route.

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Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Cities and local communities play an integral role in driving energy efficiency throughout the United States. The cities of Atlanta and Boston are energy efficiency leaders, achieving great success in energy saving and energy management creating energy efficient buildings in their cities, both municipal and commercial. Can the two cities; both on the east coast but with completely different climates help each other think differently about ways to save energy?

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This Week, May 3-6: Smart Cities NYC ’17 Conference + Expo

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Smart Cities NYC

Smart Cities NYC ’17: Powered by People, May 3-6 (smartcitiesnyc.com), is the first of its kind conference + expo to focus on the importance of civic engagement in urban innovation. SCNYC will convene thought leaders from around the world to advance ideas about innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion, with panels, in-depth workshops, exhibits and receptions

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Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Table 1 Pedestrian Fatalities and Percent of Total Traffic Fatalities, 2006–2015

The number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States (U.S.) increased 25 percent from 2010 to 2015, while at the same time, total traffic deaths increased by about six (6) percent. Pedestrians now account for the largest proportion of traffic fatalities recorded in the past 25 years. Earlier studies by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), based on preliminary data reported by State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs), were the first to predict recent increases in pedestrian fatalities.

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