August 26, 2015, 5am PDT
Friday's foiled attempt by an alleged terrorist to massacre civilians on a Paris-bound, high-speed Thalys train has raised fears that a similar attack could be launched on one of America's lesser-speed trains. Are current security measures adequate?
The New York Times - U.S.
August 23, 2015, 1pm PDT
Massacre on a Paris-bound train was averted in France on Friday due to the courageous actions of three Americans, one in the Air Force another in the Oregon National Guard, who rushed and subdued a Moroccan man armed with an AK-47 and a handgun.
July 25, 2015, 5am PDT
Interested in finding the road less traveled by? Walkonomics has launched in seven cities around the globe.
June 6, 2015, 9am PDT
The winner of a design competition in Paris, France could push the limit of wood design and construction much, much higher than it's gone before.
March 23, 2015, 8am PDT
Paris represents the best of grand architecture and city planning, from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Elysées. Yet, underneath these places, are small parks that bring together Paris' diverse populations through the power of play.
March 23, 2015, 5am PDT
Paris today made its first use of a drastic plan to improve air quality in the city: ban half of the cars on the road. The ban could continue tomorrow if the current air pollution alert does not improve.
December 16, 2014, 12pm PST
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.
December 16, 2014, 7am PST
Known as the Lima Accord, after the capital of Peru where representatives from 200 nations met for two weeks, a deal was reached to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in preparation for talks to be held in Paris in December. But is it strong enough?
December 9, 2014, 5am PST
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo made a game-changing announcement in the name of clean air and walkability
November 12, 2014, 11am PST
Suburban Paris plays host to a disturbing trend: no comfortable public spaces for women, especially for women from immigrant and low-income groups.
October 17, 2014, 2pm PDT
A poll gave Parisians direct say over which projects the city government will implement with a new participatory budget. Some city residents relished the opportunity to express their preferences. Others raised concerns.
August 23, 2014, 5am PDT
A new corridor planned as a haven for local gourmet food in the quiet Haut Marais neighborhood of Paris concerns residents with the threat of gentrification.
August 12, 2014, 5am PDT
"How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City," by Joan DeJean, is full of creative insights on the symptoms of urban modernity as well as bold statements about how Paris came to be one of the world's great cities.
July 24, 2014, 2pm PDT
The proposed Grand Paris Express program, which began construction this summer and is expected for completion in 2030, will serve 2 million people a day at "wildly fast speeds." Then there's light rail in the United States.
June 14, 2014, 9am PDT
Urban Times offers a list of 13 urban river renewal projects spanning from Medellin to Manila.
May 27, 2014, 5am PDT
Paris and New York City are two of the world's more successful pedestrian cities, with each boasting several kinds of data that show the predominance of alternative transportation. An article compares public space in each for lessons.
Project For Public Spaces
May 23, 2014, 1pm PDT
A blog post by Eric Britton covers Mayor Madame Anne Hidalgo's plans to adopt a 30 kilometer per hour (approximately 20 miles per hour) maximum speed limit in Paris.
March 19, 2014, 6am PDT
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.
March 17, 2014, 7am PDT
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?
The New York Times - Europe
March 3, 2014, 11am PST
A recent article examines the ways New York City and Paris support large-scale pedestrian use and support the shared use of public space.
Project For Public Spaces