Sidewalks

November 11, 2010, 1pm PST
The City of New York has announced plans to allow restaurants to edge into the street to use parking spots for outdoor seating and patios.
Grist
November 4, 2010, 8am PDT
A group of West End business owners plans to direct slower moving foot traffic to walk along storefronts.
The Wall Street Journal
August 25, 2010, 7am PDT
An architect and planner in India has proposed a plan to convert Delhi's storm drains into a network of walkways and passages.
The City Fix
August 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
New rules in Japan say that cyclists are liable for accidents between themselves and pedestrians, especially on the country's sidewalks.
The Mainichi Daily Times
May 9, 2010, 1pm PDT
The city of Los Angeles is considering a plan to stop paying for repairs to broken sidewalks and driveways, shifting the economic burden to property owners.
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2010, 7am PDT
<em>Grist</em>'s David Roberts maps out why his neighborhood is not walkable and how it could be greatly improved with just a little extra infrastructural connectivity.
Grist
March 27, 2010, 7am PDT
The sidewalks of Portland are so busy that the city is developing plans to create 6'-8' Pedestrian Zones - basically, fast lanes for moving pedestrians separate from other street activities.
Vimeo
February 24, 2010, 1pm PST
Seemingly simple, the Jordanian city of Amman has finally managed to build walkable sidewalks.
The New York Times
February 23, 2010, 12pm PST
When you think of sidewalks, you most likely think of concrete. Though it makes up the vast majority of sidewalks, concrete isn't the only game in town.
The Infrastructurist
January 26, 2010, 10am PST
The streets of Mumbai are packed with pedestrians. With few sidewalks and little room for the growing masses of walkers, city officials are looking to beat the pedestrian congestion by building overhead "skywalks" to bring people above the street.
The Wall Street Journal
October 18, 2009, 9am PDT
The city of Toronto is rolling out a new street furniture program. Lisa Rochon calls the new additions to the city's sidewalks an "assault on civic life".
The Globe and Mail
Blog post
October 15, 2009, 10am PDT

A few days ago I posted a blog that discussed the concept of Universal Design (transportation facilities designed to accommodate all possible users, including those with disabilities and other special needs) and the value it provides to individuals and communities. One way to approach this issue is to define the design vehicle for pedestrian facilities.

Todd Litman
August 12, 2009, 6am PDT
There is controversy over new sidewalk laws in Washington, DC.
The Washington Post
July 16, 2009, 8am PDT
Los Angeles sidewalks are in an advanced state of disrepair, with little to no funds available. A new proposal in front of the city council puts the burden on new property buyers.
LAist
June 30, 2009, 6am PDT
While New York City is currently taking space away from automobiles and giving it to pedestrians and cyclists, the New York City of 100 years ago was doing exactly the opposite. And it was a popular idea.
The New York Times
June 18, 2009, 9am PDT
A new study provides further evidence that incorporating sidewalks into existing neighborhoods is a practical and inexpensive way of encouraging people to exercise.
SDSU NewsCenter
April 16, 2009, 10am PDT
As more parents drive their kids to school, areas around campuses have become increasingly dangerous for pedestrians. Narrow sidewalks and too-few crosswalks are partly to blame.
The New York Times
Blog post
November 26, 2008, 8am PST

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought I would ask myself: what I am thankful for that is related to urbanism?

Michael Lewyn
November 24, 2008, 6am PST
St. Paul, Minnesota's artist-in-residence has instituted a program where poems are imprinted into sidewalks throughout the city.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The New York Observer</em> looks at how New York City might be different with more "livable streets".</p>
The New York Observer