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Delhi Metro's 'Heritage Line' thrown open to public
The Economic Times of India
2 lakh villages declared open-defecation free
The Economic Times of India • Dipak K. Dash
Satyender Jain directs Delhi's urban development department to file FIR against officials
The Economic Times of India
Biking in Beijing: Lessons from China (Guest opinion)
Oregonian • Guest Columnist
To end the housing crisis, California leaders can't be afraid to put all options on the table
Los Angeles Times • The Times Editorial Board
Public agencies shouldn't hide behind feel-good words (Guest opinion)
Oregonian • Laura Gunderson, Oregonlive, The Oregonian
Investments of Rs 4 lakh crore for urban development cleared in 3 years: Venkaiah Naidu
The Economic Times of India
Why does Des Moines, Iowa have worse affordable housing than Brooklyn?
The Guardian • Aaron Calvin
The empathy machine: can VR stop bad city developments before they happen?
The Guardian • Aliide Naylor
Union Station plans fail to live up to lofty rhetoric
Chicago Tribune • Blair Kamin
 
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Green Transportation, Urban Design
Delhi Metro's 'Heritage Line' thrown open to public
The Economic Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro made a major foray into the Walled City of the national capital, as the ITO-Kashmere Gate 'Heritage Line' was thrown open to public today. It has three stations -- Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort. The...
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Biomass, Public Health
2 lakh villages declared open-defecation free
The Economic Times of IndiaDipak K. Dash
NEW DELHI: Over two lakh villages have become open defecation free, the drinking water and sanitation minister said on Friday. While for rural areas the next challenge is to deal with the liquid waste generated, the situation across cities and towns seems...
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Urban Design
Satyender Jain directs Delhi's urban development department to file FIR against officials
The Economic Times of India
NEW DELHI: Delhi's urban development minister Satyendar Jain has directed the secretary of the urban development department to immediately file an FIR against department officials following the disappearance of a file bearing details of past nominations of aldermen and the procedure followed...
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Auto Industry, Urban Design
Biking in Beijing: Lessons from China (Guest opinion)
OregonianGuest Columnist
By Robert Gottlieb For 50 years, from 1949 until the 1990s, China was known as the "Kingdom of Bicycles." Bikes were the primary transport mode, especially during the 1950s through the 1970s when the majority of the urban population was organized into...
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Greenhouse Gases, Real Estate
To end the housing crisis, California leaders can't be afraid to put all options on the table
Los Angeles TimesThe Times Editorial Board
How do you know that California’s housing problem has hit crisis proportions? When state lawmakers introduce more than 130 bills to try and fix it. The state’s housing market has long been unaffordable for far too many Californians. But in recent years,...
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Urban Design
Public agencies shouldn't hide behind feel-good words (Guest opinion)
OregonianLaura Gunderson, Oregonlive, The Oregonian
By Carl Abbott The Portland Development Commission, a public agency whose name has lasted since 1958, is renaming itself "Prosper Portland." This is one more example of a perplexing trend. Public agencies in Oregon have been going stealth by adopting new names...
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Social Media Industry, Twitter Inc
Investments of Rs 4 lakh crore for urban development cleared in 3 years: Venkaiah Naidu
The Economic Times of India
NEW DELHI: Investments worth over Rs 4 lakh crore have been approved for improving urban infrastructure in the three years of the Modi government, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today. "Three years of urban transformation infused new vigour in city and...
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Urban Design
Why does Des Moines, Iowa have worse affordable housing than Brooklyn?
The GuardianAaron Calvin
At the back of a nondescript house, the Catholic Workers of Des Moines serve food to those who need it. Tim, who lives in a river encampment several miles away, walked to get here. He’s been homeless for five years, battling an...
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Digital Media, Hardware & Peripherals
The empathy machine: can VR stop bad city developments before they happen?
The GuardianAliide Naylor
When I first meet him near Euston station in central London, the Norwegian architect Haavard Tveito is carrying a copy of Ernest Cline’s dystopian novel Ready Player One. The book is set in the year 2044, and tells the story of how...
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Education, Green Transportation
Union Station plans fail to live up to lofty rhetoric
Chicago TribuneBlair Kamin
Almost apologetically, backers of the just-announced plans for redeveloping Chicago's Union Station are characterizing their proposals as preliminary and conceptual. Apologies are indeed in order. The drawings fail to live up to the lofty rhetoric that Amtrak executives and Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
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