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How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

"Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians."


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Enhancing urban places and liveability
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Walkable cities improve the local economy and many cities are working to improve their walkability.  Cities can improve sidewalks, decrease parking lots, beautify storefronts and add other amenities that encourage walking. Neighborhoods that are very walkable often have a vibrant sense of place.  This article (and the embedded video) nicely explain many issues surrounding walkable urban environments.   

 

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The Library Patch's curator insight, May 12, 1:38 AM
The most walkable cities are the ones with parks embedded, for example Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Growing pains - Geographical

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Population levels are rising and nowhere is this felt more keenly than in the world’s megacities – urban sprawls that each house over ten million people. But such growth brings with it a host of problems
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Jakarta is running out of time to stop itself sinking into the sea - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jakarta is running out of time to stop itself sinking into the sea - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
The parks where kids play are vanishing, houses with their own backyards are gone, even the cemeteries are disappearing as an entire city inches towards disaster.
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The People's Republic of The Future

When it comes to technology, Shenzhen may well be the most fascinating city in the world. It makes the majority of our electronics. It clones the bes
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Cities are planting more trees to fight climate change and improve healthy living

Cities are planting more trees to fight climate change and improve healthy living | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
To promote healthy living and fend off climate change, big cities are increasingly turning to the power of nature.
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Grow your own city – vertical forests take off

Grow your own city – vertical forests take off | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Milan’s Il Bosco Verticale (the Vertical Forest) is a high rise building populated by people and trees. It is the first of a new concept of building in cities being…
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Cities of the future will be built on big data to enhance the human experience –

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This is what the future’s sustainable cities could look like

This is what the future’s sustainable cities could look like | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
A next-generation metropolis will need to serve people and nature, while letting ecology guide its development.
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How to future-proof our cities against climate change

How to future-proof our cities against climate change | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Technology can help future-proof cities and make it possible for everyone to afford ways to cool and heat their urban homes.
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Living 'liveable': this is what residents have to say about life on the urban fringe

Living 'liveable': this is what residents have to say about life on the urban fringe | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Much of the growth in our cities is in the outer suburbs, now home to around 5 million people. And that creates problems like traffic that detract from the advantages residents see in living there.
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How to make cities more walkable

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"Investing in walkable cities, whether through allocating funds to repaint pedestrian walkways or building affordable housing close to downtowns, also attracts diverse populations and creates jobs. According to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, 63 percent of millennials and 42 percent of boomers would like to live in a place where they don’t need a car. And according to the National Association of Realtors, 62 percent of millennials prefer to live in a walkable community where a car is optional. If cities seem less automobile-dependent, chances are they are more appealing to a range of ages."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 17, 2018 10:29 PM

Walkable cities improve the local economy and many cities are working to improve their walkability.  Cities can improve sidewalks, decrease parking lots, beautify storefronts and add other amenities that encourage walking. Neighborhoods that are very walkable often have a vibrant sense of place.  This article (and the embedded video) nicely explain many issues surrounding walkable urban environments.   

 

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dustin colprit's curator insight, December 7, 2018 2:03 PM
I really like the idea of having cities more walk able. It helps those who live in the city have access to everything locally. If it is efficiently done one can potentially walk from home or one parking location and walk a short distance to work, school, and retail or other services. Having all of this close by enables less time needed to accomplish tasks and allowing more time spent doing things instead or traveling. Though a downfall can be for those from outside the city that may only work or attend school or another task which requires part-time access to the city. Things like walking or a bus that require additional scheduling. This can make things difficult like finding parking after certain times of the day, or traveling out of the city.
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Viral Peppa Pig video highlights China's deep social divide ahead of Chinese New Year - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Viral Peppa Pig video highlights China's deep social divide ahead of Chinese New Year - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
A video promoting the once-blocked cartoon pig has gone viral on Chinese social media, striking at the heart of the country's social issues and shifting family values.
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Impacts of urbanisation in China - rural / urban divide
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Cities can grow without wrecking reefs and oceans. Here's how

Cities can grow without wrecking reefs and oceans. Here's how | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Urbanisation is the main reason for rising temperatures and water pollution, but receives little attention in discussions about the health of water streams, reefs and oceans.
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Climate change: we can reclaim cities from the car without inconveniencing people

Climate change: we can reclaim cities from the car without inconveniencing people | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Since the 1920s, the car has revolutionised the way people travel; eliminating the constraints of distance while offering a personal, fast and convenient way to get from one place to another. Cities have been designed and built to make space for cars, and many cities which existed centuries before the advent of the car reshaped their streets to accommodate it.
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Infographic: The 8 Ways Urban Demographics are Changing

Infographic: The 8 Ways Urban Demographics are Changing | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
These pivotal trends show how urban demographics are aiding in the transition to a very different economic and investment landscape.
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The great sprawl of China: timelapse images reveal 30-year growth of cities | Cities | The Guardian

The great sprawl of China: timelapse images reveal 30-year growth of cities | Cities | The Guardian | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Timelapse videos show the staggering growth of cities such as Shenzhen, Dongguan and Yiwu, which three decades ago were barely on the map
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The Dutch underground bicycle-park arms race - Can you dig it?

The Dutch underground bicycle-park arms race - Can you dig it? | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
THE trilling of spokes, cyclists rounding the bend in unison: no, this is not the Tour de France. It is the new underground bicycle park at Utrecht Central railway station, which opened last year. Three storeys deep, with electronic monitors indicating where spaces are available, it has room to park 7,500 bicycles.
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How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

"Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians."


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Enhancing urban places and liveability
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 17, 2018 10:35 PM

Walkable cities improve the local economy and many cities are working to improve their walkability.  Cities can improve sidewalks, decrease parking lots, beautify storefronts and add other amenities that encourage walking. Neighborhoods that are very walkable often have a vibrant sense of place.  This article (and the embedded video) nicely explain many issues surrounding walkable urban environments.   

 

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The Library Patch's curator insight, May 12, 1:38 AM
The most walkable cities are the ones with parks embedded, for example Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Trees are crucial to the future of our cities

Trees are crucial to the future of our cities | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
The shade of a single tree can provide welcome relief from the hot summer sun. But when that single tree is part of a small forest, it creates a profound cooling effect. Trees play a big role in keeping our towns and cities cool.
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One million urban trees | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

One million urban trees | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Trees are critical for urban sustainability and liveability, but so is planting the right things in the right places, says a University of Melbourne expert.
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Organic waste could power one in five apartments at Sydney’s | University of Technology Sydney

Organic waste could power one in five apartments at Sydney’s | University of Technology Sydney | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
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Australian sprawl: Medium-density homes key to growing cities

Australian sprawl: Medium-density homes key to growing cities | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Australia's cities and suburbs continue to sprawl outwards, but planning experts say more medium-density housing in middle-ring suburbs is what's really needed to cater for our growing population.
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Bangkok is sinking. Here's how a new park can protect the city from flooding

Bangkok is sinking. Here's how a new park can protect the city from flooding | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
The Thai capital is particularly vulnerable to flooding, and to make matters worse it is sinking by one to two centimetres a year.


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How to transform cities from urban heat islands into cool oases

How to transform cities from urban heat islands into cool oases | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Urban areas around the world are taking a new approach to keeping cool, and the outcome portends well for the planet as well as the populace.
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Calculating How Much Money Cities Save Thanks to trees Trees

Calculating How Much Money Cities Save Thanks to trees Trees | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Because they improve air quality, reduce building energy use, capture runoff, and more, trees bring big financial savings to cities.
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Building cities for a changing climate | The University of Melbourne

Building cities for a changing climate | The University of Melbourne | Lorraine's  Changing Places (Nations) | Scoop.it
Our cities are responsible for most of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions; University of Melbourne research identifies the barriers to building sustainably.
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