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TRACKING THE FUTURE OF CITIES

Unstoppable Growth: Istanbul’s Decent into “Chaos”

“The ecological limits have been surpassed. The population limits have been surpassed. The economic limits have been surpassed. If you ask me where this will lead….chaos.” (Mucella Yapici, Istanbul Chamber … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grenoble bans street ads, to replace billboards with trees

Are billboard ads just a fact of life in big cities? Grenoble doesn’t think so. In this small but symbolic gesture, the city in the Alps is proving that the … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spain: Thousands of traditional businesses facing closure as rent law ends

Up to 250,000 stores and bars could shut once landlords are free to hike charges by 1,000% By: María Lillo Madrid (El Pais) The face of many Spanish cities could … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mega public-transport projects: What’s the effect on social sustainability and equality?

By: Pierre Herman While there’s no doubt we need more and better public transport, we must be aware of the way it impacts not only on the liveability of a … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

A billion dollars for a floating what?!

Half a billion pounds sterling (that’s almost $1 billion US) for a floating cycle path? It’s only on the drawing board, but that’s the projected cost of the eight-mile “Thames … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bike-sharing boom invades Greek cities

With the blessings of mayors and the enthusiasm of cyclists, 2013 has seen urban bike-sharing flourish across Greece. “In most municipalities the acceptance was beyond our imagination.”

October 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The changing face of European cities

If there’s a place where the face of inner-city transport is slowly changing for the better, it’s Europe. Progressive cities here (most notably Zurich, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and others) are challenging … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

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