Saving the local grocery store

Excerpt, from the Long Read, May 2019 Grocery stores have two ironclad rules. First, that grocers set the prices, and farmers do what they can within those mandates. And second, that everyone works with distributors who oversee the aggregation and transport of all goods. Harvest has traditional relationships with companies like Coca-Cola, but it breaks those rules with local farmers and …

Hamburg’s Green Roads, bike paths and green space linkages

Joe Bauer, Streetfilms.org, In EUROPE/ TRAVEL  A Look at Cycling Culture in Hamburg, Germany Recently I was in Hamburg, Germany to cover their cycling scene and the car-free story that swept across the internet. Check out more at Streetfilms.org. My interest in traveling to Hamburg, Germany piqued following news early last year that the city would become car-free over the next 15 to 20 years. The distaste …

How Germany Creates Bicycle Friendly Cities

By Greg Whitburn, April 2019 Living in the gorgeous little German town of Luneburg has been a mind blowing experience for me… And it’s not just the nature, the beautiful cobbled streets, or the church where Johann Sebastian Bach used to sing. In this quaint little town, it’s also extremely evident that German municipalities have their eye firmly focused on …

Denver Divests! The City of Denver sold its oil and gas bonds last month, is reviewing renewable energy reinvestment options

DENVER, CO – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the City of Denver is divesting its $6bn General Funds’ portfolio from fossil fuel investments. The city said it was able to move quickly through the process as fossil fuels were already a small percentage of the overall portfolio. The announcement came at the 2019 Denver Mayoral Candidate Forum, where all Mayoral candidates …

Vancouver aims for 6 big moves by 2030 to decarbonize, a five-fold increase on the current pace

Vancouver Sun, April 2019 Vancouver city staff are recommending city council respond to the world’s “climate emergency” by dramatically stepping up its green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050. The city’s general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt six “big moves” by 2030 that would include: Aim to have 90 per cent …

Could Barcelona’s plan to push out cars and build superblocks work in the US? A few US citiesmight have the infrastructure and civic will to follow in Barcelona’s footsteps.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Apr 12, 2019 This is part five in a five-part series about the comprehensive urban plan being implemented in Barcelona, Spain, which would reclaim more than half the streets now devoted to cars for mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” This reporting project was supported by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where the author, David Roberts, is …

Chicago publishes ride-hailing info on open data portal

Katie Pyzyk on Smart Cities Dive, April 16, 2019 Chicago has published comprehensive data from ride-hailing companies including Uber, Lyft and Via on its open data portal. The data sets provide the public with information about ride-hailing trips, drivers and vehicles. The city reports that it took the key step of removing sensitive personal information to maintain driver, rider and company privacy. The data sets …

How autonomous shuttles are changing city transportation: Cities are rapidly embracing the technology to provide new options for residents and visitors to get around, with many already seeing the benefits

How autonomous shuttles are changing city transportation: Cities are rapidly embracing the technology to provide new options for residents and visitors to get around, with many already seeing the benefits. Chris Teale in Smart Cities Dive, April 3, 2019  As autonomous shuttle use grows, several cities that pioneered the technology are seeing effects on transportation and public perception, and learning how factors …

What we need to do to build healthy, happy cities: When asked “what makes you feel happy and healthy in the city?”, all groups of participants, without exception, mentioned ease of walking, bike paths, greenery, public transport and safety

When asked “what makes you feel happy and healthy in the city?”, all groups of participants, without exception, mentioned ease of walking, bike paths, greenery, public transport and safety. These urban infrastructures really do matter for everyone. Almost half of the world’s population lives in the tropics and more than half of the world’s children. Image: REUTERS/Edgar Su This article is …