Europe's Sustainable City Planning Trends

Emerging trends in five European cities suggest what could be ahead for the U.S. development environment, observes author Michael Mehaffy.

"In the past, Europe has offered early clues to a number of coming trends for the United States, including historic regeneration, brownfield redevelopment, and transit-oriented development, among others. So it is no surprise that the much-discussed recent tipping point in the U.S. sustainability agenda also had its counterpart in Europe and, if anything, was reached there first as well."

Examples include London's congestion pricing scheme, transit- and pedestrian-friendly land use planning in Copenhagen, and Barcelona's economic development of its historic core.

[The full article is available as a PDF courtesy of Urban Land Magazine].

Thanks to Mary Vogel

Full Story: Change of Climate [PDF]


Brand new! Urban Grid City Collection

Each city has its own unique story. Commemorate where you came from or where you want to go.
Grids and Guide Red book cover

Grids & Guides

A notebook for visual thinkers. Available in red and black.
Melissa and Doug Town Blocks Wooden Play Set

Block play meets role play

New! Town block set from Melissa and Doug Toys

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from five cities with red or blue trim.