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Urban Trees Reveal Income Inequality

June 4, 2012 - in Environment

Research published a few years ago shows a tight relationship between per capita income and forest cover. The study’s authors tallied total forest cover for 210 cities over 100,000 people in the contiguous United States using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s…

Finnish Minister Advocates Effective Land Use Planning

June 4, 2012 - in Planning, Projects

Finnish Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala has advocated comprehensive and nationwide land use planning in a drive to enhance effective…

China Deploys an Online Platform for Public Feedback on Transportation

May 30, 2012 - in Projects, Transportation

On Sunday, Yin Jialun, a sophomore at Tsinghua University in Beijing, cycled in and around the campus, collecting information on cycling facilities in…

A Design to Save American Cities

May 30, 2012 - in Projects, Renewal/Retrofit

When Brent Ryan started doing academic research on Detroit, in the 1990s, he was immediately taken aback by the city’s plight: derelict commercial buildings, burnt-out homes and whole neighborhoods being abandoned. “I was really struck by the amount of…

Geographic Tool Improves School Infrastructure Planning

May 28, 2012 - in Planning

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has developed an electronic tool for improving infrastructure planning for education. Education MEC Donald Grant on Friday launched the Geographic Information System (GIS) for Infrastructure Planning. The WCED is…

Plan to Create 25 Islands in Hong Kong Draws Fire from Environmental Groups

May 28, 2012 - in Planning

Planners talk of creating 25 islands and waterfront extensions of hundreds of hectares each. They would dump concrete in the sea to join up islands where weekend sailors see porpoises and turtles, and wipe out natural pebble and sand beaches. The plan is part…

Replacing Portland's Central City Plan

May 22, 2012 - in Planning

No other area of the country can match our region’s depth of experience with building livable cities. In virtually all areas of city building, the planning jurisdictions of this metropolitan area have been innovators. They have pioneered new ways of addressing…

Replacing Portland’s Central City Plan

May 22, 2012 - in Planning

No other area of the country can match our region’s depth of experience with building livable cities. In virtually all areas of city building, the planning jurisdictions of this metropolitan area have been innovators. They have pioneered new ways of addressing…

Military Rethinks Base Planning for Energy Efficiency, Walkability

May 22, 2012 - in Planning

At U.S. military installations, suburban-style sprawl is out and walkable communities are in, under new Defense Department planning guidelines. The guidelines, released Thursday, call for “compact development” that incorporates mass transit and a mix of…

Trees Linked to Less Crime, Research Finds

May 20, 2012 - in Uncategorized

A new study looking across Baltimore City and Baltimore County has found that with few exceptions, the frequency of crimes reported in a particular block or neighborhood goes down as the tree cover gets thicker. Just a 10 percent increase in leaf canopy was…