With Citizens’ Help, Cities Can Build A Better Bike Lane — And More

With Citizens’ Help, Cities Can Build A Better Bike Lane — And More

As Burlington and other cities adopt the scrappy tactics of their citizens, they’ll need to show that they can make good on tactical urbanism’s original principles — to move faster, try new things, and not be afraid to fail.

Tactical urbanism. So it has a name.

From Laurel Wamsley/NPR.

Density Yields Few Benefits If Sprawl Still Occurs

Aside from Quartz’s very misleading title, a recent study concluded that if cities increased density into their urban cores, there would still be few benefits to air quality if sprawl isn’t reduced as well.

Boston University study published on April 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that a major push in cities like Denver to build dense housing, better transit systems, and more bike lanes in their urban core doesn’t necessarily lead to lower per-capita CO2 emissions. That’s because suburbs continue to sprawl and residents there still drive to work.

Mass transit isn’t necessarily the answer to lower carbon emissions

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Discusses End To Homelessness

The Homeless

Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discussed homelessness in America on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday 5 February 2012.

Please watch the two segments as Shaun explains the recent successes in the Obama administration that will eventually lead to an end to homelessness by 2015. As daunting as this task seems, he stresses that this is wholly achievable. Good luck.

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