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    ...Created single-handedly by Adam Davies, a United Kingdom resident with a background in transport planning, geography, and computer science, Walkonomics is a just-launched free iPhone and Android app (also available on the web) that aims to quantify the pedestrian experience in a more nuanced way than Walk Score.

    Atlantic Cities
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    Earlier this week Washington, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray announced a bold sustainability vision that is as comprehensive and ambitious in its aspirations as any in the country and, frankly, worthy of comparison to those for other cities around the world. If successful, the 20-year program contemplated by Sustainable DC will bring the benefits of green living to traditionally under-served neighborhoods, cut obesity, substantially increase the presence of nature in the city, grow jobs, dramatically cut energy use and carbon emissions, and much more.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Long considered the biggest holdout in climate change negotiations, China said this week that the country would implement new taxes designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Officials in Beijing provided few details, but areport by the state-owned Xinhua news service suggested that the government is working on a relatively modest plan.

    New York Times
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    ...November study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that inconsistent service — whether it’s lateness, inaccurate arrival info or mid-travel delays — is the number-one factor that encourages people to stop using public transit. Chief among the issues that fall under the “reliability” umbrella are long gaps between transfers and wait times exceeding 10 minutes.

    Next City
  • When people talk about the resurgence of urban America — the shift of people, jobs and commerce back to downtowns and center cities — they're usually talking about a narrow group of elite cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco. That's why a report [PDF] released this week on the transformation of downtown Detroit is so interesting. It documents the ongoing regeneration of a decent sized swath of the city's urban core.

    Atlantic Cities
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    The original architects of the Pan Am Worldport might have hoped that the building would fit in perfectly with the landscape of the new millennium. The terminal at New York’s JFK Airport was built in 1960 by Ives, Turano & Gardner Associated Architects in the shape of a futuristic flying saucer....Although the Worldport is iconic, its current tenant, Delta Airlines, is planning to dismantle the structure, now known as Terminal 3, in 2015 to make way for a $1.2 billion expansion of neighboring Terminal 4.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Long-term plans to ready San Diego County’s Coaster, trolley and freight rail lines for California’s future bullet-train network will be on display Tuesday during an open house. The blueprints are part of the draft California State Rail Plan, which sets the Golden State’s vision and priorities for rail during the next 10 years.

    San Diego Union-Tribune
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    "At my age, unfortunately, one has no more dreams," says Michel Holley, the 87-year-old architect who once built Paris toward the sky. "One has turned toward the past." Forty years ago, Holley’s residential towers called Olympiades were the pièce de resistance of the city’s biggest renovation in over a century.

    Atlantic Cities
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    NINE ELMS is a triangular wasteland bounded by the Thames, a railway line and London’s nastiest traffic interchange, encompassing a disused power station, a wholesale fruit and vegetable market, a sewage-pumping station and a waste dump. It is also, according to the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, “possibly the most important regeneration story in London and in the UK over the next 20 years”. For, after many years of Dickensian decay, the earth-movers are chewing up the soil, the cushions have been plumped in the show-flats, and the last unkempt riparian stretch of central London is acquiring the rows of glassy apartment blocks that line urban waterfronts all over the world.

    The Economist
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    Every time a commuter in London swipes an Oyster card when boarding a bus or exiting the Tube, that transaction is recorded as one of millions of points of data on a given day tracking the choreography of the city....How do you make some useful sense of the patterns in a dataset that large? For one thing, you visualize it. The below animation comes from transportation planner Jay Gordon, who has turned 16 million transactions on London public transit from a typical Wednesday in 2011 into a one-minute time-lapse of the city:

    Atlantic Cities