Each week we will be focusing on blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.
• The New York Times covers the surge in graffiti being reported in many US cities. Officials from L.A., Portland, OR, Nashville, Chicago, Denver, New York, and Seattle attribute the increase to a tough economy, the summer recess, and the glorification of street art in popular culture.
• A new traffic device called the “Intersector” is attracting new cyclists to the streets of Pleasanton, CA. The military-developed technology detects approaching cyclists and holds lights green until they pass through the intersection. City officials report that the device has been well received by cyclists and drivers. (Toronto Star)
• New York City has set a new standard for scaffolding design following an international competition. The winning design, the “Urban Umbrella” lifts the structure above the pedestrian head and allows more natural light to reach the sidewalk. (NY1)
• Chicago is looking to Toronto’s Luminato festival as a case study in building international profile. While the festival is largely financed by three levels of government, the dividends to multiple stakeholders are impressive. In particular, Chicago is looking to emulate the brand-building power Luminato has given Toronto as an arts destination. (Chicago Tribune)
• Next American City explores opportunities to combine energy savings and social investments in improved street lighting. A British innovation, the Remploy Marlin 1000 luminaires is an LED light which uses 70% less energy than conventional alternatives and is manufactured by people experiencing complex barriers to work.
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