It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you'll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it's true, and it's happening in places all over the world.
Most urban and suburban lots are governed by zoning ordinances, laws that (among other things) restrict the number of dwellings allowed on a given lot. A dwelling is technically defined as a place for habitation that contains cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities. By limiting many lots to a single dwelling unit, municipalities have imposed density restrictions and unwittingly promoted suburban sprawl. But cities and towns have begun to recogni...
Vancouver has reached a milestone in its quest to be the greenest city in Canada, recording half of trips being done by walking, cycling and transit. On Tuesday, transportation officials released data that shows that, while the car may still be king, it is declining in importance. In 2014, there was an estimated 918,000 daily trips by automobile, down from 983,000 daily in 2013.
For the last several years, tiny houses have been growing in popularity, both in the United States and abroad. A typical tiny house is around 100-400 square feet, compared to the average American home of around 2600 square feet. Tiny homes are less expensive than traditional homes in terms of taxes, energy use and maintenance, and are often built on wheels, adding an additional benefit of mobility.