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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

New York City: Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC)

Friday, July 24th, 2015
New York City: Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC)

Learn all about CBTC, the future of the New York City Subway.

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Los Angeles, CA: A Half-Cent for Better Transportation

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Los Angeles, CA: A Half-Cent for Better Transportation

Here’s what Move LA’s coalition partners and other friends have to say about re-imagining LA County with a half-cent sales tax measure to provide billions of dollars for transportation improvements in LA County.

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2015 State of the Cities Report

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Table 3: Key research findings

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES
Mayors are the leaders who shoulder many of our nation’s most critical problems and from whom solutions can arise. NLC stands ready to support city leaders in their efforts to help mend the nation, and through this annual analysis of mayoral priorities, spotlight challenges, opportunities, and progress in our cities. Whether through their roles in economic development, public safety or education, this year’s report highlights ways local governments are providing the leadership needed to create more equitable communities.

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NYC: Vision Zero Vigil

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
NYC: Vision Zero Vigil

A crowd estimated at 1,000 people strong gathered in Union Square yesterday evening to remember victims of traffic violence and call for preventive action at the Vision Zero Vigil, organized by Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets.
The message was simple: Traffic crashes and the suffering they cause are preventable. We can’t accept life-altering injuries and the deaths of loved ones as unavoidable “accidents.” Robin Urban Smith was there to capture it for Streetfilms.

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Identifying Transit Deserts in Texas Cities

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Table 2: Largest Transit Gaps in Texas Cities

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
This study builds on previous research that has been done on “transit deserts.” This concept is similar to the popular and thoroughly studied concept of a “food desert,” which is a geographic area where there is no or limited access to fresh food (Clark et al. 2002; Jiao et al. 2012; Whelan et al. 2002; Wrigley 1993; Wrigley et al. 2002). The food desert concept has received a lot of attention and influenced planning policies and practices. By applying the same idea to transit systems within urban areas, geographic areas can be identified where there is a lack of transit service. There are three main steps to this process. This involves identifying the transit dependent populations as a measure of transit demand, calculating the transit supply, and then subtracting the supply from the demand to measure the gap (Jiao & Dillivan 2013).

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Seizing the Global Opportunity: Emissions Reduction & Economic Prosperity

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Seizing the Global Opportunity: Emissions Reduction & Economic Prosperity

Stronger cooperation between governments, businesses, investors, cities and communities can drive economic growth in the emerging low-carbon economy.

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America in 2015: Housing, Transportation, and Community

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Self-Reported Location

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
In 2013, ULI published a national survey of Americans’ preferences and priorities regarding their communities, housing, and transportation. America in 2013 found that Americans were mostly satisfied with the quality of life in their communities and uncovered a strong desire for compact and mixed-use communities. America in 2015 expands upon the 2013 survey approach with new questions exploring priorities for and barriers around healthy communities and lifestyles.

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NYC: 2nd Avenue Subway Update

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
NYC: 2nd Avenue Subway Update

Learn about recent developments in construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

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It’s Smart To Be Dense

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
It’s Smart To Be Dense

Urban density is fundamental principle of sustainable development. Density supports economic and creative vibrancy, social integration, and a healthy, environmental sustainable development model. As the world’s population continues to urbanize, our cities have two options for growth: densify or sprawl. The private-car dependent sprawl model of the 20th century must change, and move away from a reliance on private cars, to accommodate a more populous, and more prosperous world.

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ASCE: 10 Things I Wish I Didn’t Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
ASCE: 10 Things I Wish I Didn’t Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

Most civil engineers know of the legendary Roebling family, but do you know how family dynamics shaped their contributions to the civil engineering field? Consultant, author, researcher and historian Donald Sayenga will unravel the intricate web woven by this driven and innovative family, and the myths and fables of the Brooklyn Bridge in his talk “Some Things I Wish I Didn’t Know about the Brooklyn Bridge.”

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