Children are an “indicator species” of a healthy downtown

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jun 21, 2017Young families typically leave cities for the suburbs. Here’s how to keep them downtown. Urbanist Brent Toderian explains how Vancouver held onto its families. Elementary school and playground in downtown Vancouver. (Brent Toderian) In North America, we take it for granted: When couples have kids, they move out of the city to the suburbs. The trend has only …

Diu becomes first Smart City to run on 100 per cent renewable energy; Diu had been importing 73 per cent of its power from Gujarat until last year

Moneycontrol News@moneycontrolcom, 23 April 2018 Diu Smart City has become the first city in India to run on renewable energy during daytime, setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green. The city is offering its residents a subsidy of Rs 10, 000 to Rs 50,000 for installing 1-5KW roof top solar panels and its savings amount …

The Human Project, as the bioengineering of people, cities, streets and curbs converges, where do we locate the public sphere and data?

The Guardian, Smart cities need thick data, not big data, By Adrian Smith, Professor of Technology and Society at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, Wed 18 Apr 2018   Talking about noise in Plaça del Sol Photograph: Making Sense Residents living around Plaça del Sol joke that theirs is the only square where, despite the name, rain is preferable. …

Agreeing on a democratic alternative, participatory planning and a democratic economy

A decentralized-planned economy or decentrally-planned economy (occasionally horizontally-planned economy) is a type of economic system based on decentralized economic planning, in which decision-making is distributed amongst various economic agents or localized within production units. Decentralized planning is held in contrast to centralized planning where economic information is aggregated and used to formulate a plan for production, investment and resource allocation by a central authority. Decentralised planning can take shape both in …

With $100,000 in seed money from the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors Challenge, Georgetown will pay property owners to fork over part of their roof space for solar panels.

April 2nd, 2018 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica Georgetown, Texas, has become something of a green celebrity for reaching its 100% renewable energy goal within just three years, and now the city is taking clean power to the next level. Not content with buying power from wind and solar farms located hundreds of miles away, city planners are moving ahead with a …

Building a sustainable, connected city with more/better transit, greater walkability and space for people, driverless shuttle services, heated sidewalks and a super-resilient energy grid

What are the ingredients of a good urban life, or rather, what does it take for a city to make the public happy? The answer to this is multifaceted. Cities need to be accessible, vibrant, and create safe public spaces to meet public needs. As UN-Habitat’s Charter of Public Space states, public spaces are a key element of individual and social …

Publicly provided internet among the top takeaways from Smart Cities Connect 2018

Using failure as a learning moment and building partnerships are among the lessons from the three-day conference in Kansas City, MO. By Chris Teale@chris_teale, 2 Apr 2018 The 2018 Smart Cities Connect conference in Kansas City, MO brought together officials from various levels of government as well as those in business and academia, all to discuss the evolution of smart cities …

Seattle mayor proposes congestion pricing to fight climate change, plus requiring EV charging in new construction, phasing fossils out of the city’s vehicle fleet, and fund conversion of 18,000 homes from oil heat to electric heat pumps

By Sarah Anne Lloyd on Curbed, Apr 4, 2018  Checubus/Shutterstock On Wednesday morning, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a slate of action items to help the city combat climate change. The boldest part of the plan? Durkan wants Seattle to become the first American city to toll city roadways. Among the other short- and long-term actions proposed by Durkan to meet the benchmarks laid out in …

AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes: Bike lanes have obstacles 40% of the time in NYC study

Fast Company, 03.21.18, AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes: Using publicly available camera footage and a machine-learning algorithm, we can now say that the lanes are blocked almost always. BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Alex Bell, a cyclist, programmer, and lifelong New Yorker, is fed up with vehicles drifting into lanes that are not meant for them. …

Reasons Why the Tesla Semi Is So Popular With Food & Beverage Companies

March 24th, 2018, Originally posted on EVANNEX, by Charles Morris A number of companies around the world have placed pre-orders for the Tesla Semi, and a preponderance of those orders seem to be coming from purveyors of food and beverages. PepsiCo has ordered 100, Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40, restaurant supplier Sysco is taking 50, and Canadian grocery chain Loblaw’s wants 25. Why is this …