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A new generation says Dallas doesn’t have to suck

Yesterday I wrote about an emerging "new New Urbanism" -- solutions for cities that are fast, cheap, nimble, flexible, and open-source. What does that look like in action? Let's look at a specific example. Some cities have great public buildings, designed at a grand but human scale, that foster civic engagement and a sense of place. And then there's Dallas. The plaza outside of Dallas City Hall, designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1978, is a notoriously barren and desolate space, rarely used by human beings. As Kaid Benfield wrote a couple of weeks back, the problem was recognized …

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The new New Urbanism: Fast, nimble, flexible, and tactical

Creating the new New Urbanism, on the street in Madison, with plenty of beer.Photo: Aurash KhawarzadLast week, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) held its 19th annual meeting in Madison, Wisc. You may not have heard of the CNU, but you have almost certainly seen its influence in American development. The movement -- which actually kicked off 30 years ago in Seaside, Fla., the town that later served as a set for The Truman Show -- isn't so new anymore. Its ideals of density and walkability, with their attendant environmental benefits, have been absorbed into the planning practices of …

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‘Walkerville’ tent city springs up in shadow of Wisconsin’s grand Capitol

The Wisconsin State Capitol Building.Photo: Sarah GoodyearI wrote back in January about the importance of public space and urban design in the Egyptian revolution, and more generally about the role it plays in the ability of people to protest the actions of their governments and demand political change. Well, last week I was in Madison, Wisc., for the conference of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and just a few blocks away from the convention center is the Wisconsin State Capitol Building, designed by George Browne Post and completed in 1914. This magnificent edifice and the gracious park that surrounds …

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The biggest, baddest bikeshare system in the world: Hangzhou, China [VIDEO]

A couple of weeks ago, I rode the Capital Bikeshare system in Washington, D.C., and I was some impressed. With 1,100 bikes, it's currently the biggest in the nation, and it makes getting around Washington much easier than it has ever been before. But the bikeshare in Hangzhou, China, a city of 6.77 million, blows anything in Europe, Canada, or the U.S. out of the water. Streetfilms went there recently to document the situation. Hangzhou has 50,000 bikes at 2,050 stations around the city. People make an average of 240,000 trips a day on the bikes, which are completely integrated …

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Next stop, the food desert: Fresh produce gets on the bus

The payoff scene in this video about a new mobile produce stand on Chicago's West Side comes about nine minutes in. A young boy is urged to eat an apple by the women staffing the Fresh Moves bus, which just launched with the mission of bringing fresh produce to an inner-city food desert. The boy acts as if he has never bitten into an apple before. Never even really touched one, maybe. The apple actually seems to make him nervous. But finally he does it, and the women cheer him on. If you had any question that we need creative …

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A yarn bomb in Hell’s Kitchen [VIDEO]

Yarn bombing -- covering stuff on the street with crocheted or knitted cozies -- has become a common enough practice that it merited the dreaded "trend" treatment in The New York Times a couple of weeks ago. That doesn't mean that it can't still be very cool. And this little video is about an especially sweet case of yarn bombing. Someone forwarded it to in an email with a subject line that said it was about "about a team of gentle yarn guerrillas and a very special tree." I had to watch. A couple of store owners in New York's …

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Tea Party reveals: ‘Sustainable Development’ is sinister attempt to destroy American Dream

Did you know that the seemingly geeky, mild-mannered profession of urban planning is actually a breeding ground for social engineers -- part of a sinister international plot to rob you of your American Dream? Well wake up already, people! The East Bay Tea Party is here to tell you all about it. They have the true story behind the Sustainable Communities Strategy in the Bay Area, a planning effort that would encourage transit-oriented development and density. And it's scary! You can tell, because in their video about a recent meeting about the plan, they use the theme from "Also Sprach …

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Washington’s bikeshare is a capital idea

Capital Bikeshare gives you access to 1,100 bicycles around the city.Photo: DDOT DCDo you know what it means to be "dockblocked"? (Don't worry, that's a "D," not a "C," fellas.) If the answer is yes, you are probably a regular user of the Capital Bikeshare system in Washington, D.C. Dockblocked is what you call it when you can't dock your bikeshare bike because all the spaces are full in the station where you want to stop. It's one of very few glitches in a system that has proven popular beyond the hopes of city officials who launched it last fall. …

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The 10 deadliest cities for pedestrians in the United States [SLIDESHOW]

Streets in the U.S. are designed not for people, but for cars. And it shows. From 2000 through 2009, some 47,700 pedestrians were killed by drivers. Transportation for America has released a new report and interactive map that shows which metro areas are deadliest. Here are the 10 worst.

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Bee season: Urban beekeeping in Hong Kong [VIDEO]

Take three minutes out of your day to watch this absolutely beautiful short video portrait of Michael Leung, a product designer and beekeeper in Hong Kong. (It's part of a promotional campaign for Nokia called "Success Redefined," but don't let that put you off.) Leung is the founder of HK Honey: HK Honey is an organisation of Hong Kong beekeepers, artists & designers who aim to communicate the value of bees to the human food chain & the benefits of locally produced honey. With a network of bee farms and a design studio, Michael and HK Honey harvest local honey …