Why can’t we have woonerven in North America?

Lloyd Alter  May 28, 2019 Screen capture Streetfilms: Life on a Dutch Woonerf Streetfilms shows how a road can in fact be many things, not just a place for cars. When our kids were small, we used to close off the street every June at the end of school for a street party. It was wonderful, we got to know everyone on …

Best Complete Streets Policies

The National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC) previously identified 10 elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy to help communities develop and implement policies and practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments. But since it first began over a decade ago, …

A revolution can start the moment those in the contented classes decide to prioritize the most marginalized people in this country over their comfort

By Ralph Nader, Commondreams.org May 10, 2019 | RESIST! When will the people who recognize just how bad things have become for the most vulnerable—and the nation at large—unfurl the flag of rebellion against the plutocrats and the autocrats? For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as …

Putting Communities First in Deploying Energy Storage

“We must be the values that we say we’re struggling for and we must be justice, be peace, be community.” – Jemez Principles 6 A wide range of stakeholders from across the country met in December 2018 to develop a set of principles to ensure equitable deployment of energy storage technologies. (Photo: Megan Rising/UCS) JEREMY RICHARDSON, UCSU UCS convened a select …

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 …

The World’s Happiest People Already Have a Green New Deal, and They Love It

By George Lakey, Wagingnonviolence.org April 27, 2019 | CREATE!  Green New Deal advocates in the United States should look to the Nordic countries for inspiration on how to overcome the 1 percent and address climate change. According to the latest report from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Nordics are once again in the top tier of the World’s Happiest People. This year’s report, …

‘Just like a real office’: workers use public parking as co-working space

WePark is a radical rethinking of city space, which started in San Francisco and has spread as far afield as Toulouse, Bristol, LA and Portland Brittany Shoot in San Francisco for The Guardian, Sat 4 May 2019  Victor Pontis, organiser of WePark, sets up his office in a San Francisco parking space. Photograph: Victor Pontis “If we were designing cities from scratch, …

What Happened to the New Rules Project and ILSR policies

We have combined the NewRules.org and ILSR.org websites to better coordinate and publicize our work. All of the New Rules Project activity, research, and information continues here, on Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s new web site. The New Rules Project had an extensive collection of rules — policies, bills, regulations, and ordinances — has also been transferred here. These policy models …

Portland’s Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed

Portland’s Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed, CityLab, Feb 2019 Excerpt “We really looked at Seattle as what not to do,” says Anna DiBenedetto, a staff assistant to city commissioner Randy Leonard, the spiritual godfather of the Portland Loo. “We think it was the design that was the fatal flaw. Trying to be comfortable and private makes people feel more empowered …

Turning the tide of water privatization: between 2000 and 2015, there were 235 cases of water ‘remunicipalisation’– the process by which a city, region or national government terminates or refuses to renew water concessions, leases or management contracts with private companies, in order to bring water back under public control

Privatizations saw extreme price hikes resulting in poor people losing all access to water. In response to the crises, these countries enshrined the right to water as a human right in their constitutions. With the rapidly spreading trend of remunicipalisation, 100 million people across 37 countries now benefit from water as a public good, rather than a private commodity. In the industrialised …