Livability

August 26, 2010, 12pm PDT
Roughly 600 University of Oregon students will take part in the university's Sustainable Cities Initiative, which pulls together students of architecture, planning, law, journalism and business to make a plan to fix downtown Salem.
New York Times/Greenwire
August 9, 2010, 7am PDT
Senator Dodd's Livable Communities Act passed a milestone on August 3 by passing the Banking Committee on a party line vote: 12-10. Known as a "smart growth planning" bill, it would integrate transportation with housing and economic planning.
Mobilizing the Region
June 28, 2010, 1pm PDT
Kaid Benfield introduces Jan Gehl and Walter Hook's principals to promote "environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide."
Sustainable Cities Colletive
June 7, 2010, 11am PDT
Conservative commentators criticize the Obama administration for supporting 'livability' programs, calling them social engineering. Neal Pierce argues that 'livability' is shorthand for a strategy that tackles a number of serious problems.
Citiwire.net
May 2, 2010, 9am PDT
The concept of "livability" seems to be catching on -- both at a local level and up in the federal government. This is especially true in the Department of Transportation. That could mean bad news for the road building lobby.
Center for Public Integrity
April 8, 2010, 9am PDT
When Charlotte's new light rail line opened, it vastly exceeded anticipated ridership figures. As the city plans an extension of the system, the federal government is revising how it distributes funding to avoid making the same mistake again.
The New York Times
April 7, 2010, 9am PDT
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood explains the new emphasis on 'livable and sustainable communities', and walking and biking, calling it a 'game changer' in this short but informative Q & A with the New York Times in its Green Inc. blog.
The New York Times - Green Inc. blog
April 6, 2010, 5am PDT
AARP takes a comprehensive looks at streetcars, exploring their past demise, comeback, and now spreading to as many as 40 cities. Special attention is given to the Portland Streetcar and how the streetcar enables better mobility for seniors.
AARP Bulletin Today
March 16, 2010, 7am PDT
Less money for highways, more for transit and "complete streets" - New Urban News takes a look at where the $1.5 billion TIGER grants are going.
New Urban News
February 12, 2010, 1pm PST
As the Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver, the city has been named the world's "most livable city".
Reuters
January 11, 2010, 12pm PST
All the architectural wonders of Dubai don't overshadow the city-state's poor urban planning, according to <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin.
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2009, 12pm PST
Among the criteria for evaluating projects, livability is at the top, along with safety and economic competitiveness.
New Urban News email
Feature
August 10, 2009, 5am PDT
Amber Hawkes
August 4, 2009, 12pm PDT
Typically at the top of "best cities" lists, Vancouver and Portland are highly coveted places. This piece looks at why Portland is really number one.
The Tyee
July 27, 2009, 11am PDT
A new report identifies ways to incorporate health objectives into transportation and land use planning.
The Convergence Partnership
Feature
July 23, 2009, 5am PDT
Streets aren't just for driving, and cities are starting to realize it. Amber Hawkes and Georgia Sheridan explain why street design matters and where we are today in terms of designing the "street space."
Amber Hawkes
May 5, 2009, 5am PDT
In terms of global urban livability, American cities are not so hot. The highest ranking city, Honolulu, comes in at 29 in the results of the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey.
The Independent
Blog post
October 7, 2008, 11am PDT

Most people have a highly distorted view of the risks they face, which skews their decisions and ultimately reduces their happiness. We live in one of the safest times and places in history, yet, many people live in constant fear, and respond in ways that actually reduce overall security. This is a major obstacle to efficient transportation, healthy living, and livable community.

Todd Litman
Blog post
March 18, 2008, 7am PDT

If you think of the most bicycle-friendly cities in America, surely you do not think of Miami. In fact, if you have ever been to the "Magic City," or perhaps live here, you probably shudder at the idea of using two wheels instead of four. That may be changing.

Mike Lydon
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