SCN Editor’s GRID Project Needs Your Vote!

As many of you know, my colleagues and I have been working on an advanced harbor freight handling project whose ultimate goal is to put as many cargo containers as possible onto railroad trains for transport—including our own patent-pending all-electric underground shuttle train for local deliveries here in Los Angeles. Most of this freight now […]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Urban Studies

Pigeons and Other City Birds

When I went to look at a new place to live recently, it was already occupied. This may seem strange as the previous owner had moved months ago. The occupants were animals–not mice or rats, but pigeons. Pigeons Many┬ápeople consider these birds to be pests. However, there’s something about this uniquely urban animal I like. […]

By July 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →


The Enduring San Antonio River Walk

When I was in graduate school and working at the City of Akron, officials there made a trip to San Antonio to see how that city had developed its River Walk. Many cities in the United States had canals, but that mode of transportation was replaced in the mid 19th┬ácentury by railroads. More than a […]

By April 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →


“Our Own Day Here”: Observations on Community

Sustainable City News editor Richard Risemberg has just released an e-book of selected essays on community and place. Through the medium of Los Angeles, he explores how the way we travel, live, and shop shape our lives and our souls, and reveals the richness of experience he finds in city living. Among the subjects covered […]

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Buenos Aires Comes Alive

A great city in a suffering country revives itself through a combination of BRT, bikeshare, and pedestrian streets: Buenos Aires: Building a People Friendly City from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Why Copenhagen Works, and How It Learned to Live

Copenhagen also faced doomsayers and reactionaries when it decided to knock the car off its pedestal and dedicate its public spaces to people: pedestrians first, then bicyclist, then transit and cars. The result has been prosperity and happiness…and there’s no reason it can’t work anywhere. Even in the US…. Copenhagen’s Car-free streets & Slow-speed zones […]

The Parking Problem

Here’s a superb and good-natured little Streetsfilm giving a concise synopsis of how car parking became an American obsession, how it’s killing street life and urban economies, and finally how we can get the parking burden off our backs: It’s available from CityLab—with a typically excellent article by Sarah Goodyear—here: How Parking Spaces Are Eating […]