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Word on the Street
Welcome to Word on the Street, where Curbed urbanism editor Alissa Walker highlights the pioneering transit, clever civic design, and game-changing policy affecting our cities.
The Stockholm Declaration is the safe streets equivalent of the Paris climate agreement.
Driving short trips because walking and biking doesn’t feel safe is one reason transportation emissions keep going up.
Some Climate Mayors make big promises on the international stage, but expand fossil-fuel infrastructure at home.
Flight shaming should be directed at officials building fossil-fuel infrastructure, not passengers.
A chilling Amazon investigation shows the importance of "rightsizing" vehicles on city streets.
It’s not just our fossil fuel dependence that needs to be addressed, it’s our car dependence.
Maryland’s plan to expand its highways is part of a troubling pattern
Events that open streets provide a fun, low-risk opportunity to try getting around without a car.
Streets will only work for everyone when drivers pay their fair share to use them.
We don’t need more dedicated places where cars can go fast.
Our trip to Sweden featured reliable trains, wide sidewalks, ubiquitous bathrooms—and no car seats.
Socioeconomically diverse communities are better for everyone. Can they be created without displacing anyone?
Tech companies like gamifying civic problems—but they often reward the wrong things.
From ‘cargo-bike moms’ to ‘tech bros on scooters,’ transportation stereotypes can make streets more dangerous.
Bike share is the U.S.’s biggest transportation success story. Can cities keep growing ridership while welcoming more options to their streets?
Will a one-hour commute on a congested freeway be replaced by a one-hour line for the elevator that lifts you to your taxi in the sky?
Kids and seniors know that scooters are the future. Startups should pay attention to them.
U.S. cities still aren’t doing enough to address the elephant in the atmosphere: the inextricable link between our cars and climate change.
This 15-year-old Saturn ad shows how much space cities devote to vehicles.
"Cities" illustrates how human habitats are increasingly incompatible with the species that lived there first.
Canada’s smartest city isn’t Sidewalk Toronto.
A negligent autonomous pizza van becomes a metaphor for smart cities everywhere.
These days, only kids in movies are free to explore.
What everyone is calling Houston’s weakness could end up being the city’s greatest strength as it recovers from Harvey.
The balls create a canopy over a pedestrianized street in the city’s Gay Village, turning it into a vibrant destination.
Cities are experiencing climate disasters today. Trump’s plan puts them in more danger.
A "buy-down" program rents vacant apartments to families that couldn’t afford them otherwise.