Shareable, June 2019 Happy City’s Thriving Places Index measures wellbeing on the basis of social needs Image screenshot from Thriving Places IndexCasey O’Brien|June 20, 2019 A famous management thinker, Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” — meaning that without tracking success and failure, we can’t improve. With social issues, measurement can be …

Moving from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled in California Decisionmaking

Susan Handy et al. A comparison of mitigation measures under these two metrics raises a fundamental question about what type of built environments communities want, and how they use the CEQA process to achieve them. Does Davis want more traffic signals and turn lanes? Will replacing LOS with VMT in CEQA facilitate – or make it more challenging – for communities to finance and …

Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation

May 6th, 2019 By Chris McCahill, SSTI Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations often wrestle with how to properly value transportation investments, especially when it comes to things that can’t be measured in terms of vehicle delay, such as multimodal access and environmental justice. Some of these challenges are tackled in a new issue of Research …

Complete Streets Strategy and Networks for St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, FL approves complete streets plan, by Katie Pyzyk, May 6, 2019, Smart Cities Dive The St. Petersburg, FL City Council approved its Complete Streets Implementation Plan, a guide for how the city’s streets will be designed and function over the next 20 years. The plan aims to help make streets safer and more accessible for users for all modes of …

People-centered land governance, campaign and UN declaration for people working in rural areas: Strategy, indicators, and good news stories

Up to 2.5 billion people, including 370 million Indigenous People, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used or managed collectively.  They protect more than 50% of the world’s land surface, but have formally recognized ownership over just 10%* *Who Owns the World’s Land? RRI, 2015 This leaves 1/3 of the world’s population vulnerable to dispossession by more powerful actors. Download Download Download Download Download …

Smart cities focus on well-being and staff as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness

Report, “Smart Cities: A Toolkit for Leaders,” urges city leaders to rethink their roles. They should see themselves not as managers of bureaucracies but as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness.  The critical first step is reimagining the role of city leaders. They should see themselves first and foremost as stewards of citizen satisfaction. Once they change …

Los Angeles DOT’s Transportation Happiness Core Principles and Indicators

A TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY FOR LOS ANGELES Urban MOBILITY in a Digital Age DOWNLOAD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY [NEW] TRANSPORTATION HAPPINESS [NEW] LADOT’s Core Principles for Transportation Happiness ACCESSIBILITY RELIABILITY SAFETY & COMFORT CULTURE & COMMUNITY EQUITY & TRANSPARENCY Freedom to Get Around Freedom from Disruptions Freedom from Harm Freedom to Connect Freedom from Exclusion I have the flexibility to select among safe, easy-to-understand, and universally-designed options to help …

Sustainable mobility indicators

ITDP has defined indicators that are actionable, scalable, and easily understood. There are many existing indicators of sustainable transit, but many of them are developed using indices that become black boxes, leaving little discernible actions to improve them. Many other existing indicators suffer from an over reliance on complexity, thus requiring a high level of technical knowledge to fully understand …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

25% of current warming is from man-made methane emissions, largely oil and gas

In February, EDF estimated methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s shale oil and gas sites may be more than five times higher than what oil and gas companies reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The EDF analysis estimates Pennsylvania’s oil and gas operators emit more than 520,000 tons of methane a year, primarily from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. In Pennsylvania, EDF relied …