Amsterdam

Most North American urbanists turn to Europe for inspiration and direction. Some of that brilliance, Ben Brown reminds us, is due to time and distance.
Sep 3, 2014   PlaceShakers
Michèle Champagne of Open City Projects Inc. examines Amsterdam's Mercator Square and how it functions as an open space. The community around Mercator Square is ethnically diverse, has good urbanism details, yet violence still is a problem.
Sep 14, 2011   Open City Projects
Author Russell Shorto claims that "the willingness of Europeans to follow top-down social planning" makes public transit and bicycling more feasible in European cities than they are in the States where people don't always agree with technocrats.
Aug 8, 2011   The New York Times
Cargo bikes, tandems and even ice cream bikes - this photo-essay highlights the great variety of bicycles being used in Amsterdam. Charles Siegel hopes the pictures will get Americans over their timidness when it comes to practical bicycling.
Jul 7, 2011   Preservation Institute Blog
According to the latest numbers out of Amsterdam, residents are for the first time using bicycles for transport more often than they use their cars.
Jun 27, 2009   The Oregonian
Amsterdam has taken its smart grid live, installing solar panels and 300 electric car recharging stations throughout the city.
Jun 11, 2009   Business Week
The growth in hybrid car sales is a welcome sign that a major change in the automobile industry is afoot.  The shift to transport infrastructure that is not based on the archaic complexity of an internal combustion engine, with its hundreds of moving parts and compressed fuel explosions, has been long put off by an automobile industry, happy with status quo, partnered with oil cartels with the power to price their product as if it were in endless supply.  But with smack-in-the-face-reality fuel prices last summer, the collapse of the so-called “Big Three” over the winter, and the simultaneous Opinion
Jun 9, 2009   By Ian Sacs
In the next few months, the Dutch capital will make numerous changes to make its infrastructure greener. With the help of private companies like Cisco and IBM, Amsterdam is closer to becoming a "smart city" than any other in Europe.
Mar 19, 2009   BusinessWeek
<p>Why Americans don't cycle in the cold and rain, and why they do in Amsterdam.</p>
Mar 22, 2008   Streetsblog