Europe

February 6, 2019, 12pm PST
All of the country’s buses, trains, and trams will be free starting next year in a move to help residents struggling with the cost of living.
BBC
January 22, 2019, 12pm PST
Companies are marketing battery-electric buses as the transit vehicles of the future, but there is still much room for improvement.
CityLab
December 21, 2018, 7am PST
Many streets and cities are designed for vehicles instead of for pedestrians. But policies and programs in cities around the world, and even in the United States, might be signaling a shift in priorities.
The New York Times
October 19, 2018, 7am PDT
The common refrain is that transit is just better in other countries. However, the reasons why are more complex than initial impressions allow, providing important lessons for the United States.
CityLab
Blog post
October 7, 2018, 7am PDT
As cities swell and car use soars, U.S. cities should take note of some bold, even radical, emissions-reducing policies being deployed around Europe.
Robert Fischer
October 1, 2018, 6am PDT
Transit ridership has surged in other countries but lags here in the United States. The possible reasons for this are varied as are proposed solutions for improving American transit systems.
Vox
October 25, 2016, 5am PDT
An EU irective calls for charging stations in all new European homes.
The Guardian
May 8, 2015, 10am PDT
Many cities in Europe are rediscovering their pre-automobile roots, using new technologies like ride-sharing and congestion pricing and old-fashioned ones like demolishing parking lots and dense development. Car ownership is dropping precipitously.
The Guardian
March 12, 2015, 2pm PDT
In an interview, architect Renzo Piano says European suburbs are not desolate. He argues they shouldn't be treated as such in the quest for cohesive cities.
WNYC
February 11, 2015, 8am PST
Chuck Wolfe underscores the importance of a holistic view of urban places, referencing themes of common experience, aesthetics, feelings of happiness, safety, or security—a basic narrative of the city that often goes beyond first impressions.
The Huffington Post
January 18, 2015, 5am PST
Throwing money at our housing problems is clearly not the answer, but are there ideas from markets in Europe that might work for us?
Rooflines
December 1, 2012, 11am PST
Derek Thompson discusses the findings of a new study from the Brookings Institution that ranks the world's 300 biggest cities by GDP and job growth over the past year. Put simply, China is growing and Europe is slowing.
The Atlantic
December 14, 2011, 12pm PST
In the fight against climate change, it is still unclear how, according to SustainableCitiesCollective, "the world’s nations will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve limited temperature rise." A recent ECF study sheds light on the topic.
Sustainable Cities Collective
August 16, 2011, 2pm PDT
In interviews with key figures at four of the most influential European architecture firms, the constant theme was that architecture philosophy needs to recognize that eco-friendly design is the future of design innovation.
The Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2011, 1pm PDT
The U.S. often gets a bad rap for its sprawling suburbs and unplanned development, but Robert Kwolek notes that many European cities and other parts of the world aren't far behind.
Sustainable Cities Collective
August 30, 2010, 5am PDT
In Portland, patterns of urban use are emerging that are similar to the European-style neighborhood bar as a community gathering place.
EnzymePDX.com
Blog post
August 8, 2009, 7pm PDT

As a lifelong urbanite, I’ve always felt comfortable learning cities “by Braille.” I put on my walking shoes and wander, making mental maps as I go. I experience serendipity, yet can generally intuit where things are likely to be – the CBD, the government center, nightlife.

This summer our family spent time in Berlin, Venice, Florence, and Paris. Of the four, Paris was the only one I’d been to before. By the time we got there, it was like greeting an old friend.

Lisa Feldstein
June 15, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The US has never encouraged cycling as a practical mode of travel, and as a result, biking to work is a rare and hazardous activity, with four times the fatality rate of some European countries. A Rutgers University study shows how that can change.</p>
New Urban News
June 13, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Central European cities lead the world in this assessment of 'quality of living.' The survey is oriented towards companies who could locate workers in those countries and need to calculate 'hardship allowances.'</p>
Citymayors.com
June 7, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>GPS from cellphones is enabling exciting research into human behavior, but European studies show that our behavior is rarely exciting.</p>
International Herald Tribune