September 29, 2004 


Transit Oriented Development PDF

Chicago: Here's a neat PDF to download with some simple information about transit oriented development in the Chicago area. [LINK TO PDF HERE] Transit oriented development is typically of a... [read on...]

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 August 20, 2004 


Creative Public Plazas

Washington: Here's a creative idea for a public plaza - put a massive map of the city on the ground interspersed with poetic writing about the city's grandeur. In Liberty... [read on...]

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 August 12, 2004 


Creative Public Space for Cheap

Washington: The courtyard of the EPA offices is a large beautiful space that beckons people to gather. It's been enhanced by a group that puts on free concerts on certain... [read on...]

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 May 29, 2004 


Transit Village Bill

Sacramento: I'm starting to like Gov. Schwarzenegger more and more. He's just signed a bill that will make "transit village" development far easier and more prevelant by removing some bureaucratic... [read on...]

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 May 12, 2004 


Truckee River Kayak Course

Reno: It may be less spontaneous than Munich's river surfing phenomenon, but putting a whitewater kayak course in the middle of your downtown is certainly unique. Reno, struggling to... [read on...]

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 May 07, 2004 


Diagonal Crosswalks

San Francisco: We're still a long way from having car-free downtowns in America, but San Francisco has given pedestrians a nice convienence in the form of diagonal crosswalks. At a... [read on...]

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 May 05, 2004 


Portland Safeway

Portland: Proof that big box retail can still be both urban and green, a new safeway in Portland is part of a mixed use development featuring apartments above the... [read on...]

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 April 13, 2004 


Transit Village in Florida

Boca Raton: In a state as automobile dependant as Florida, I was suprised to find out that rail transit existed at all. Not only does a commuter line run... [read on...]

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 March 30, 2004 


Permacultural Parking Lots

Tucson:If you can't have a permeable parking lot, then the next best thing is to get rid of curbs and put your water runoff into a useful place. The Sonora... [read on...]

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 March 27, 2004 


Gravelpave 2

Tucson: Among the many thoughtful steps taken in the development of the Milagro Co-Housing project in Tucson, is the installation of a porous surface for their parking lot. A product... [read on...]

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 March 18, 2004 


Greening Urban Lots

Philadelphia: Like many rust belt cities, Philly is plagued by a multitude of dilapidated vacant lots. This article in the Philadelphia Inquirer showcases a plan to beautify a great many... [read on...]

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 March 12, 2004 


Shopping Mall Infill

Milwaukee: Could the age of the lone mall in acres of parking finally be drawing to a close? That may be a bit far fetched, but as awareness of the... [read on...]

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 March 03, 2004 


Waterway Preservation

Scottsdale, AZ: The design of Foothills Academy Prep School, also notable for being one of the largest straw-bale buildings ever constructed, includes a preserved desert wash in front of the... [read on...]

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 February 10, 2004 


More Intelligent Parking Lot Design

Sedona, AZ: It's a stretch to say any parking lot will ever be "beautiful", but there are a lot of really easy ways to make them better. In Sedona Arizona,... [read on...]

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 December 11, 2003 


Big Solar Plan in Fresno

Fresno, CA: In what is supposed to cut the city's utility bills by 60 grand a year, Fresno is unveiling a massive solar panels on the roofs of several major... [read on...]

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 December 09, 2003 


Bay Area Bridge Toll Raise

San Francisco: Remarkably, people seem to be greeting a proposed rise in bay-area bridge tolls with a degree of enthusiasm. Even if the toll goes up to $3, as proposed,... [read on...]

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 December 03, 2003 


Strip Malls to Housing

Fremont, CA: In what appears to be a brilliant move, planners in Freemont have proposed converting some defunct strip malls to housing. There isn't much information as to exactly what... [read on...]

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 September 18, 2003 


Alternative Sidewalk Use

Prescott, AZ: Here's an interesting novelty for cities to consider - outside the Prescott Library, the sidewalk has been transformed into a block-long historical timeline documenting everything from the first... [read on...]

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 September 03, 2003 


Hungerford Footbridges

London: Responding to the demand for more pedestrian crossings over the River Thames, and the presence of a rather decrepit existing railway crossing, the Hungerford Footbridges kill two birds with... [read on...]

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 August 27, 2003 


Healing Freeway Scars

Columbus: As noted in David Sucher's fabulous city comforts blog, Columbus Ohio, faced with a freeway widening project, has chosen a revolutionary approach to designing overpasses: Adding shops and... [read on...]

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 August 14, 2003 


Pabst City

Milwaukee: One of brewing's great legends, and everyone's favorite kitsch beer is set to live again in the form of a massive redevelopment of the old Pabst brewery in Milwaukee... [read on...]

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 July 22, 2003 


Mission Bay Redevelopment

San Francisco: A 300 acre mega project can go in all sorts of directions, but the redevelopment of San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood appears to be heading in a very... [read on...]

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 July 08, 2003 


Trottoir Roulant Rapide

Paris: Moving walkways are quite helpful devices at airports and train stations, but they don't really move much faster than a slightly brisk walk. The problem is that making them... [read on...]

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 May 16, 2003 


London City Airport Extension

London: One of London's best kept secrets is London City Airport, a brilliant shortcut for air-travelers heading to the continent. LCY is already faster to get to from east London... [read on...]

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 May 14, 2003 


Urban Forestry

Atlanta: Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits to having a lot of trees in your city, there are innumerable practical and financial benefits to managing a lush urban forest. According... [read on...]

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 March 04, 2003 


Utilizing Space Under Freeways

Paris: There is a huge perimeter freeway encircling Paris, and a huge Expo Center at Porte de Versailles right next to it. The designers of one of the halls didn't... [read on...]

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 February 17, 2003 


Computerized Parking Networks

Dublin: Driving into a city center and trying to find parking is always a daunting task, especially if you are unfamiliar with the city. In Dublin, however, the task has... [read on...]

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 February 05, 2003 


Congestion Charging

London: I'm going waaaay out on a limb to call this plan brilliant because it's completely unproven and very unpopular. But I decided to publish it anyway for the reasons... [read on...]

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 January 27, 2003 


LA River Regeneration

Los Angeles: What river? An interesting new project proposes to dam up a section of the LA river to create a long lake next to downtown, surrounded by a strip... [read on...]

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 January 24, 2003 


Greening the Fleet

Boston: The state of Massachusetts has proposed cutting its fleet of SUVs in favor of more environmentally responsible (and cheaper) vehicles. They also propose scrapping some vehicles altogether in favor... [read on...]

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 January 15, 2003 


Brooklyn Bridge Park

New York: Brooklyn has definitely been coming up in the world for a while now, and the formerly dismal Brooklyn waterfront may see some very enlightened development in the near... [read on...]

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 January 07, 2003 


Menomonee Valley Redevelopment

Milwaukee: If all goes swimmingly, the redevelopment of the Menomonee Valley, a huge forlorn Brownfield in the middle of town, will be one of the most exciting and successful redevelopments... [read on...]

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 January 06, 2003 


Free Municipal Wi-Fi

Long Beach, CA: Free internet access is getting even easier as Long Beach becomes one of the first cities to offer a Wi-Fi area downtown to anyone with a properly... [read on...]

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 January 01, 2003 


Wetland Filtration in a Box

Milwaukee: The Alterra coffee house on Milwaukee's lakefront has created a tiny artificial wetland to filter runoff from the shop's parking lot. Water from the lot flows through a variety... [read on...]

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 December 29, 2002 


Vegas Monorail Extension

Las Vegas: Las Vegas has finally begun to expand its monorail system. The current system is a pretty useless novelty that runs so far behind the MGM Grand that it's... [read on...]

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 December 26, 2002 


The High Line II

New York: It's definitely Christmas in New York! Mayor Bloomberg has just officially given his support to the High Line Project, a once doomed plan to reuse a stretch of... [read on...]

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 December 16, 2002 


More on Green Roofs

The City: Continuing the discussion on Green Roofs, here is an interesting article from Metropolis mentioning two more interesting benefits that go beyond the building itself: Reduced ambient summer temperature,... [read on...]

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 December 05, 2002 


Grass Roofs

Munich: Well, this particular building is not the most attractive grass-roofed structure I've ever seen, but I thought it was a nifty because of how it imbeds itself in... [read on...]

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 November 27, 2002 


The High Line Project

New York: This could be the most significant Rails to Trails project ever, and one of the nicest potential developments in New York history. Basically, the High Line is an... [read on...]

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 November 26, 2002 


Car Free Public Squares

Brussels: This is the Grand Place in Brussels, one of the nicest public squares I've ever seen. It seems most European cities have something equivalent, if not quite as... [read on...]

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 November 18, 2002 


Solar powered parking meters

Brussels: Two brilliant innovations here. First, this thing replaces the dozens of parking meters normally installed on a block (at least in the US). You park your car, then you... [read on...]

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 November 13, 2002 


Urban Freeway Demolition

Milwaukee: During the 50s and 60s, it was in vogue to cut enormous swaths through cities to build freeways, which, though intended as boons, invariably wound up doing irreparable... [read on...]

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 November 12, 2002 


London City Airport

LONDON: The London Docklands are the site of what is probably by far the worlds biggest industrial reuse project. It's been going on for about 20 years and is... [read on...]

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 November 05, 2002 


Marin County Bicycle Freeway

Marin County: Rails to Trails is a concept wherein abandoned railroad tracks are dug up and turned into recreational trails, most often used by cyclists. They are incredibly popular not... [read on...]

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