Five fast facts: why we need to charge for parking

5 Fast Facts – Why We Need to Charge for Parking

By Kate Beck Book Review: The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup Free parking contributes to urban sprawl, automobile dependence, public health problems and environmental degradation. Because cities have been designed with the idea that everyone should be able to park for free wherever they are going, we have sprawling cities with more […]

Review of Calgary's new cycle tracks

Review of Calgary’s New Cycle Tracks

By Kate Beck Calgary’s new cycle tracks through the downtown core have been a major topic of discussion this summer. There have been many positive reviews, some mixed reviews, and some negative reviews, so I decided to go check the new cycle tracks out for myself. Like we’ve done in the past with some of […]

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Five Fast Facts – Playable Cities

1. Playable Cities Rethink the Purpose of Our Cities Playable Cities is an idea that puts people and play at the heart of the design of the future city and encourages residents and visitors to rethink services, places and stories in our cities. Playable Cities breaks away from the idea that cities must focus only on […]

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4 Great Reasons to Invest in Cities’ Natural Environments

1. Investing in Surrounding Wetlands can save Cities Billions of Dollars in Water Purification The City of New York invested $1.5 billion over 10 years into protecting their water sources, which meant they were able to avoid building a water treatment plant that would have cost the city $8-$10 billion. 2. Investing in Rivers and […]

Six Fast Facts – What Kids Need in Cities

In recent decades, our cities and our ideas around childhood and parenting have changed a lot, however, one of the most significant changes is that children are disappearing from our cities’ public places and outdoor spaces. 1) Kids Need Cities They can Explore On Their Own This article, mentions Free-Range Parenting, a type of parenting […]

Talking about Winter Walking: Winter Retrospective 1 of 3

During our work in the Bridgeland community over the last few months, we have heard a lot about difficulties residents face when walking in the neighbourhood during the winter, specifically difficulties seniors living in the neighbourhood face. This past January we followed the same route a local group of seniors “walk-audited” last autumn in order […]

Cyclists of Calgary – Winter 2014/2015

For years, the majority of people in our city have assumed that once the temperatures drop below 0 C and the snow drifts begin to build up, we put away our walking shoes, tuck our bikes into the garage and bundle into our cars for 8 months until the walking and cycling weather returns. But […]

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Five Fast Facts – What Does our Aging Population Need?

  1. Our aging population needs better sidewalks and crosswalks In this podcast David Foot, an economist and demographer at University of Toronto, addresses the need for longer pedestrian lights at crosswalks for older people who walk more slowly and tapered sidewalk curbs that reduce the chances of older adults tripping. These needs align with the […]

Five Fast Facts – Commuting and Happiness

1. Commuting affects the shape and quality of our social networks A study done in 2009 in Switzerland found that people who commute longer distances to work tend to have friends that live farther away from one another. This tends to mean these individuals’ friends are less likely to know each other and their social networks […]