urban planning

Building Smart Cities in India

August 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India Smart Cities

In his Independence Day speech from Old Delhi’s famed Red Fort, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to replace the country’s 64-year-old Planning Commission with a new central government think-tank led by a mix of experts.[read more]

Smart Cities: The Next Big Thing in Energy?

February 21, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

Cities around the world are working to get ahead, and one method gaining popularity is to become a smart city. Implementing smart grid technology is not enough anymore.[read more]

Unconventional Energy and Transportation Wisdom

April 8, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation asked me to speak on a panel yesterday -- the entire thing was recorded and is available here -- along with Jed Kolko of the Public Policy Institute of California and Shin-Pei Tsay of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The topic was "unconventional wisdom" and we were looking at...[read more]

Masdar City’s PRT: Catching a Ride in a Driverless Electric Vehicle:

January 24, 2011 by Tim Hurst

Masdar's Personal Rapid Transit is cool and all, but will it be the next greatest thing in e-mobility? Masdar City, the ambitious project to build a sustainable city on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, has been criticized by some for not moving fast enough or for making too many changes in its development strategy. But planning, designing...[read more]

Coalition Changes to Planning System Based on Conservative Ideas

May 21, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

The UK Government is set to make changes to the planning system and it has been confirmed that these will be in line with the Conservative Green Paper ‘Open Source Planning‘ released prior to the election. The Coalition’s new “Programme for Government” believes it is time for a shift of power from Westminster to local authorities giving...[read more]

Gas and the Suburbs

July 25, 2009 by RyanAvent

This piece popped up in my RSS reader as being recommended by Reihan Salam, and I figure it’s worth a few comments. It’s basically a discussion of a book (which I haven’t read) on how the world may look with steadily rising oil prices. So, first of all, there’s this: In Chapter $8 he foresees the bankruptcy and liquidation (not...[read more]

Sustainable Transportation Resource Guide

July 25, 2009 by MichaelSmith1

ASLA created a new online resource guide on sustainable transportation. The guide contains lists of organizations, research, concepts and projects related to sustainable transportation, including siting, planning, and designing sustainable transportation infrastructure. Developed for students and professionals, the resource guide...[read more]

Getting It

July 31, 2008 by RyanAvent

Hey, Daniel Gross gets things (mainly) right in a piece at Slate documenting the fact that roads enjoy massive government subsidies. Naturally, his commenters say but the gas tax, so it would have been nice if Gross had mentioned that the gas tax doesn’t come close to covering road expenditures. But if folks can get this meme, that’s a...[read more]

High Gas Prices and the Poor

June 9, 2008 by RyanAvent

The Times looks at the impact of high gas prices in communities across the nation today and concludes that increases are most painful in rural areas. Part of this analysis involves an examination of spending on gas as a share of total income. The big middle of the country does badly, and Appalachia and the Deep South do very, very badly...[read more]


May 29, 2008 by RyanAvent

The Brookings Institution released a report today examining and ranking the per capita carbon footprints of the 100 largest metro areas in the country. Do give it a read. A couple of key points: 1) The way a metro area generates its power is important, as is climate. The western part of the country performs very well in these rankings...[read more]


May 9, 2008 by RyanAvent

Kevin Drum has numbers suggesting that consumers are responding to gas prices a little more than had been thought. On a per capita basis, he notes, vehicle miles traveled are down about 6 percent this year–still disappointing given the 50 percent increase in gas prices, but impressive considering limited consumer options. He also cites...[read more]

Communities Basing Decisions on Climate Impact

May 5, 2008 by Joseph Romm

The Washington Post has a story on several communities in the U.S. that are including climate impact in their decision making. This is welcome news indeed. The story looks at King county in Washington applying emissions tests to public works projects, Massachusetts developer disclosure laws, and California’s attorney general suing...[read more]