Putting Life First in Hamburg

Auto ban: How Hamburg is taking cars off the road from The Independent (UK).

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A healthier, happier, more connected urban life

I went to a screening of The City Dark as part of a recent UR{BNE} festival. The film was about light pollution and the consequences of losing the night sky over cities. It was very well made, thought-provoking, saddening and inspiring. But also inspiring were the talks about urban planning etc. that came before the film. One was about the Seven Senses Foundation and their work towards building neighbourhoods that residents actively engage in. It’s exciting and splendid stuff. I hope to get involved.

Enrique PeƱalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action

“An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport.”

This is a beautiful and inspiring talk by a mayor who showed the leadership, vision and guts to do what was right in the face of opposition, and has been vindicated through tangible improvements in quality of life. Watch and learn, Cities of Suburban Sprawl!