Cincinnati and Uber partner on where the service picks riders up or drops them off, a “missing data set for cities”, to design the “curb of the future”

Smart City Dive, 31 Jan 2018 Uber announced a new long-term partnership with the City of Cincinnati, dubbed the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, to study the impacts of shared mobility on public transit and make the city a “center of innovation.” The multi-year commitment will include: addressing the growing demand for curb space; rolling out Uber Movement to leverage city data for research and analysis; launching …

When It Comes to Your Health, Your Local Economy Matters. Quality of housing and employment also influence wellness.

In Yes! Magazine, Jan 30, 2018 by Jessica Young Research shows community traits such as quality of housing and employment also influence wellness. Public health experts often talk about the “ social determinants of health”: community traits such as housing quality, access to nutritious and fresh food, water and air quality, education quality and employment opportunities. These factors are thought to be among …

The Appalachian City That Raised Its Taxes and Grew: To support a homegrown artist community, Berea, Kentucky, asked residents to trust government. It worked.

By Ivy Brashear, NextCity.com and Photos by Emily Moseley, published 29 Jan 2018 One of the things people notice after spending any amount of time in Berea’s historic downtown is the density of galleries. For a small city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there are a lot of them. The state-designated “Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky” attracts visual …

How walk-first cities are saving lives: Prioritizing people over cars means everyone wins

By Alissa Walker@awalkerinLA  Jan 31, 2018 Curbed Cars cause 20-50 million injuries every year and are a major cause of disability.  Mexico City’s downtown was extensively pedestrianized in 2012, closing many busy streets to cars completely, and now a network of wide sidewalks and bike lanes provide options for non-drivers. Perhaps most impressive is Chennai, India, where the local government has completely shifted …

Smart cities are adaptive systems, where interaction between the city’s infrastructure and humans is modeled as a continuous feedback loop and enabled by a supporting cyber-system

“We view smart cities as adaptive systems, where interaction between the city’s infrastructure and humans is modeled as a continuous feedback loop and enabled by a supporting cyber-system,” explains Hector Muñoz-Avila, professor of computer science and engineering. “The infrastructures are themselves connected sharing information, which derives from infrastructure interdependencies, enabling cities to adapt to changes to over time. This includes …

Hong Kong investing in a healthy, green-living future

On 26 January, Civic Exchange made a budget submission to the Financial Secretary, the Hon. Paul Chan Mo-po, as part of the Public Consultation for the 2018-19 Budget. For our full submission on “Investing in a Healthy, Green-living Future for Hong Kong,” click here. The submission presents how Government can best allocate its budget surplus, to meet its stated aims …

In NYC the subway as made real estate developers rich but nearly every expansion of transit since 1940 has been paid for by the riders and the general public

By JIM DWYER DEC. 14, 2017 NYTimes.com The Subways Made Them Rich. Is It Time for Them to Pay Up?  The Second Avenue subway line led to soaring property values along its first set of stops. When the next phase is completed, some transit officials say, the subway should benefit from the new wealth.CreditAlex Wroblewski for The New York Times By now, it …

9 U.S. transportation projects to watch in 2018: From trolleys to high-speed trains, here’s what’s coming

By Megan Barber@megcbarber  Jan 18, 2018 in Curbed A Blue Line light rail station in downtown Charlotte, NC. The city is adding 9.3 miles of new light rail this year. Kevin M. McCarthy/Shutterstock 2017 was a big year in transportation. Cities paved the way for electric vehicles, embraced alternative means of transit, and even launched autonomous buses. At the same time, we discovered that U.S. kids …

Tech sector may be able to help with revamped street design too, aims for “thought leadership on what these new innovations are, and how they might fit into what cities are trying to do”

BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Fast Company 01.10.18 Imagining The Adaptable, Sensor-Filled Street Of The Future To get there, we need technologists to think more like urban planners, and for urban planners to think more like technologists–and for the two sectors to work together. Conversations about our future cities and streets hinge around smart, interconnected technologies: Think sensors that monitor the progress of autonomous vehicles, stoplights that …

New York City Sues 5 Major Oil Companies For Climate Change Related Damages

“This lawsuit is based upon the fundamental principle that a corporation that makes a product causing severe harm when used exactly as intended should shoulder the costs of abating that harm.” It also alleges the defendants have created a public nuisance. That argument is phrased like this in the complaint: “Defendants’ conduct constitutes a substantial and unreasonable interference with and obstruction …