Unlike the U.S., most passenger vehicles in Europe run on diesel fuel, not gasoline, and from a public health perspective, diesel emissions can severely exacerbate particle pollution during weather inversions like the one Paris is now experiencing.
Mar 19, 2014 The Atlantic Cities
We've come to expect hight air pollution levels in Beijing and other Asian cities with high traffic levels and surrounded by dirty coal plants, but not in cities using emission-free nuclear energy and lots of bikes and mass transit. So why Paris?
Mar 17, 2014 The New York Times - Europe
A recent article examines the ways New York City and Paris support large-scale pedestrian use and support the shared use of public space.
Mar 3, 2014 Project For Public Spaces
Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet's proposal for the city’s abandoned train stations can be safely described as awesome. The designs are still a dream, but the city of lights is a good place for creative activity.
Feb 8, 2014 Atlantic Cities
During the holiday season, cities go to great lengths to turn their streets, homes and businesses into festive places. But underneath the streets, subways tend to look to same day in and day out. French artists have brought the holidays underground.
Dec 25, 2013 The Atlantic Cities
Not just anyone can (legally) perform for the millions of passengers who ply Paris's mammoth subway system every day. Liz Alderman looks at the competitive process to land a highly coveted, and potentially lucrative, permit to play Paris Métro.
Nov 6, 2013 The New York Times
As fall reaches its peak, thousands if not millions of people will stroll along projects such as the High Line in Manhattan and the BeltLine in Atlanta. Reuse of obsolete urban infrastructure to create parks and other urban amenities is now in vogue in urban development and planning circles. Opinion
Oct 9, 2013 By
With 12,000 docking stations, Paris' expansive Velib system is the envy of cities across the world. But last year it lost 9,000 bikes to theft or vandalism. Its admirable ambition is threatening the functionality of the entire system.
Sep 27, 2013 The Atlantic Cities
Any visitor from America would think that Paris had found the solution to creating great public spaces and taming the automobile. But the city's new approach to urban space suggests city leaders and residents feel otherwise.
Sep 21, 2013 PPS: Placemaking Blog
As the Tour Montparnasse turns 40, the much-despised office tower is getting a makeover. With a new lighting display and plans to replace its windows, the tower is trying to alter its image. But are the renovations likely to change perceptions?
Sep 19, 2013 The Wall Street Journal