Recent Blog Entries: Urban Planning
Ghost bicycles remind us of the dangers of cycling and the need for safer road conditions...but what if we also had daily reminders of the total death toll from motorized vehicles?
This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.
Kristie describes the situation in Nepal after the recent earthquake.
What role do street vendors play in cities? Does it make sense to ban them or should we work to preserve them?
Helping people make healthy food choices requires access to sellers of fruits and vegetables...preferably without the temptation of buying ultra-processed food. Markets do just that and are great for local economies, but can pose a threat to big business, and thus can be subject to bans. But we can fight back.
Great public spaces help make great cities, which is why HealthBridge works to preserve them.
We are trying a new way to train young Bangladeshis to work as activists for livable cities...while having a lot of fun.
Many people think it's crazy to advocate for car-free cities or even neighbourhoods, but what about the craziness of trying to accommodate cars in cities and thus sacrificing so much else that is important?
Two seminars in Dhaka on carfree cities gained tremendous interest and support. Could this be the start of a movement?
Population growth, development pressures, and a rapid increase in motorized transport mean that in some important respects, urban quality of life is on a sharp decline in Vietnam. Pollution levels are high, traffic is intense, and noise can become unbearable. Simply crossing the street can feel like a life-threatening activity. HealthBridge Vietnam seeks to improve living conditions for people in cities, with a focus on walking, cycling, and access…
I’ve often wondered whether our transport systems would be different if planners had explicit discussions about the injuries and deaths that different systems will inevitably bring. Imagine a group of such planners sitting around a table. One has a proposal for an elevated expressway, another for trains, to connect two cities. Within those cities, one planner proposes wider, smoother, faster roads; another wishes to expand public transit…