The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.
The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.
Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil.
Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.
The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting
The UK Government has released the report with proposal’s for the Eco Towns, below is the full details.
Underlining the government’s determination that only the best quality schemes with very high sustainability standards should qualify for eco-town status, the standards being developed are set to include:
* achieving zero carbon status across all the town’s buildings, including commercial and public buildings as well as homes – a significantly tougher threshold than any existing or agreed targets
* allocating 40 per cent of land within the town to be green space, at least half of which should be open to the public as parks or recreation areas
* providing a minimum of 30 per cent affordable housing to provide more homes for social rent and assist those struggling to get on the housing ladder
* creating more options for travel and reducing residents’ reliance on the car to enable the majority of journeys to be made by sustainable transport, such as public transport, walking and cycling
* ensuring a minimum of one job per house can be reached by sustainable transport to reduce dependence on the car
* locating the average home within 10 minutes walk of frequent public transport and everyday neighbourhood services
* raising the threshold for individual homes so that they must all achieve at least level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which includes standards for household waste recycling, construction waste, water efficiency measures and reduced pollution.
SOURCE: Directgov – Newsroom – Eco-towns set to face toughest ever green standards :
Great article in the Wall Stree Journal By J.S. MARCUS about the various architects and urban designers such as OMA, Zaha Hadid, Libeskind, etc.
Read more @ the SOURCE: WSJ.com – Designer Cities: The Development Of the Superstar Urban Plan
The Moscow Times reports that the city’s urban planning department, headed by First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin, said Tuesday that it would be divided into two new branches led by his deputies, with one focusing on planning and the other overseeing infrastructure.
Analysts said the move looked like a response to President Dmitry Medvedev’s demand for an increased focus on both public and private infrastructure development.
SOURCE: The Moscow Times
More than half of the world population is living in cities. By 2050 it is expected this will be two-third. Cities are growing explosively. The value of production is increasingly located in cities and so is the majority of wealth. City mayors are influential leaders making direct deals with multinational firms and (inter)national authorities. And we use the facilities created and maintained by city authorities. The cities in which we are living have become more important than the countries we are living in.
SOURCE: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies: IHS 50 year anniversary.