New York City, America's most populous city, is often seen as lumbering when it comes to change. ¬†However Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, has made great strides in moving New Your City into the 21st Century. ¬†She has overseen the building of hundreds of innovative bike lanes; she has secured huge grants from the Feds to improve bus service, and she has made the streets safer than they have been in many decades. ¬†Some people believe she is moving too ...
According to a new study published in the journal Environment and Urbanization, carbon emissions in cities are lower than in the suburbs. ¬†So if you are looking to lower your environmental impact, and are not keen on living in an earthbag hut, it looks like big cities are the way to go. ¬†Public transportation and walkability reduce per-capita carbon emissions making densely populated places greener. Read Full Article: Grist
It is an open secret that the downtown of Detroit, Michigan is as empty as the residential districts that surround it. As heavy fossil fuel reliant industries and products become increasingly redundant due to rising fuel costs from peak oil shrinking local economies will continue to make some cities redundant.
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