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Public Space

A recent trend in returning the use of streets and other public space to the use of humans and other modes of transportation other than the car is more striking with some historical perspective.
9 hours ago   Tech Insider
The piece begins not in New York but three thousand miles west in Seattle with Janette Sadik-Khan explaining how she triumphed over auto interests by taking back precious road space and returning it to the people in the form of plazas and bike lanes.
3 days ago   CityLab
Pushing back on a version of futurism that imagines cities as a collection of iconic structures devoid of people and interactions.
Jul 9, 2015   Project For Public Spaces
An annual competition to recognize public spaces for their economic and social benefit has announced six finalists.
Jun 13, 2015   Architect
Gehl Studio, the leading name in people-first design and one of the most influential forces in planning today, has philanthropic backing for a non-profit that will focus studies and work on the public sphere.
May 9, 2015   Next City
New York City broke ground recently on the Plaza de Las Americas—a designed public space that will support market uses and pedestrian activity while replacing an existing roadway in the Washington Heights neighborhood.
Mar 24, 2015   The Architect's Newspaper
The elderly population in cities is growing, and research points to the health benefits of an active, connected lifestyle. So why are cities still so inhospitable to aging?
Mar 18, 2015   The Guardian
In an effort to build healthy, active public realms, many cities should considering some of the laws currently on the books that amount to shouting "get off my lawn."
Jan 12, 2015   GOOD Magazine
Urbanful examines four cities making the most of scare public spaces by reactivating their alleys with programming and pedestrian-friendly designs.
Dec 30, 2014   Urbanful
Parisian clean air politics turn out to be something of a class issue, even for a socialist mayor. The plans are seen as penalizing low income Parisians while benefiting elitist city dwellers who dislike traffic, overshadowing public health benefits.
Dec 16, 2014   The New York Times
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo made a game-changing announcement in the name of clean air and walkability
Dec 9, 2014   Streetsblog USA