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World Wide Wednesday: Road ecology and city night moves

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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 growing field of road ecology brings together experts from diverse academic backgrounds to investigate interactions between roads and the natural environment. An article on Design Observer examines some of the unique and affordable infrastructure solutions proposed by road ecologists to facilitate the movement of plants, animals, water and soils around highway infrastructure.

• NPR reporter David Greene speaks to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett about the needs of cities in an era of federal budget cuts.

• New York Community Board 4’s Transportation Planning Committee passed a proposal to install protected bike lanes along two avenues in the city’s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood. The proposal raised the ire of local business owners worried about loading and unloading in an already congested area. (

• Many urbanists see a vibrant nightlife as an important characteristic of healthy cities. Myurbanist explores some possible metrics for quantifying a city’s night moves: safety of female transit users, use of crime prevention design techniques and lighting as a component of complete streets policy.

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