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What Your Skyline Says About Your City

What Your Skyline Says About Your City | green streets | Scoop.it
The physical space reveals something deeper about a place.

Found in places like Vancouver, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires, this is the kind of skyline that gets urbanists giddy. These cities feature high-density cores with 24/7 activity, and residents rarely leave the urban core. Commenters have noted that Vancouver’s residential centralization policies may have actually worked too well, crowding out the middle-class, as the district’s desirability has pushed prices sky-high. Nevertheless, the city consistently ranks near the top of global Quality of Life surveys, as high-density living translates to good public transit and easy access to parks and other recreational opportunities.

Read the complete article to learn more about ten distinct “Skyline Types” that characterize a great number of the world’s great (and not-so-great) cities...

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The UniverCity project: An experiment in suburban urbanism

The UniverCity project: An experiment in suburban urbanism | green streets | Scoop.it

For the green benefits of urbanism -- walkability, transit, smaller dwellings, more efficient buildings -- to become a truly helpful climate strategy, we're going to need them in more than just cities. We need suburbia to adopt those features too, because a full 50 percent of Americans live in suburbs (compared to 30 percent in central cities), according to 2000 census data... 


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Vancouver looks to implement scramble crosswalks

Vancouver looks to implement scramble crosswalks | green streets | Scoop.it

The City of Vancouver is looking to implement scramble crosswalks at the city's busiest and most dangerous intersections.

A pedestrian scramble crosswalk allows an intersection to act as a six-way crossing, letting pedestrians walk diagonally across the intersection.

"We are reviewing it now," said Jerry Dobrovolny, Vancouver's director of transportation.

"Pedestrians are the highest priority in our transportation system and so one thing a scramble intersection can do is to increase pedestrian safety."

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Parallel Park for VIVA Vancouver

Parallel Park for VIVA Vancouver | green streets | Scoop.it

As an experiment in urban placemaking, the city of Vancouver, Canada have been transforming street spaces into people places in various areas around the city.

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