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  • 26 Oct 2017 4:07 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Analysis looks at a decade of data to determine which communities are undergoing dynamic transformations, and which are standing still.

    https://www.planetizen.com/node/95448?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-10262017

  • 26 Oct 2017 4:03 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    The largest survey of inclusionary housing to date contrasts the efficacy of policies across the United States.

    https://www.planetizen.com/node/95466?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-10262017

  • 24 Oct 2017 2:27 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    As part of the deal, NuTonomy will combine more than 100 employees, including 70 engineers and scientists, to Delphi's more than 100-member automated driving team. After the transaction is completed, Delphi will have self-driving operations in Boston, Pittsburgh, Singapore, Santa Monica, and Silicon Valley; NuTonomy will continue to be based in Boston, where both companies currently operate pilot programs. By combining efforts with NuTonomy in Boston, Singapore, and other pilot cities around the world, Delphi will have 60 autonomous cars on the road across three continents by years end.

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/24/16533534/delphi-nutonomy-acquisition-450-million-self-driving

  • 19 Oct 2017 10:59 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    The small town of Isafjordur, Iceland is hoping an optical illusion painted onto a street will work to slow down drivers.

    https://www.planetizen.com/node/95330?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-10192017

  • 13 Oct 2017 4:35 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)
    "Because so many bicyclists were passing through the intersection, red lights would lead to big backups of bicycle traffic and long delays. City traffic engineers postulated that eliminating traffic lights would actually speed things up for everyone. After eight months of planning and negotiations among city officials, the transportation department, the transit agency, cycling advocates and accessibility advocates, the city was ready to flip the switch. In May 2016, they shut off the traffic lights."

    https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/amsterdam-traffic-lights-removed

  • 05 Oct 2017 10:30 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "In a market where buildable land goes quickly to private developers paying cash — or investors who sit on the property and wait for its value to rise — nonprofit builders are at a definite disadvantage. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants to level that building field, and his administration has announced an $8.5 million program designed to help nonprofits acquire parcels for affordable housing."

    https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/news-boston-affordable-housing-developers-rethink-vacant-lots

  • 05 Oct 2017 12:01 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    An obscure ordinance published by the Department of Commerce in 1928 has had arguably the largest affect on how U.S. cities are developed. But a new, simple, two-sentence subdivision ordinance could actually result in much better places, and much better cities.

    http://www.moderncities.com/article/2017-oct-two-simple-sentences-could-reshape-suburban-america

  • 05 Oct 2017 10:16 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "Sunlight and shadow shape the character and rhythm of New York’s public spaces. They have the power to control the flow of foot traffic on our city streets and decide which plazas hum with activity and commerce and which stay barren and desolate. And probably most noticeably, they have the power to change the rent. In most parts of America, sunlight is not debated the way it is in New York, where the city’s thirst for living space, working space and economic growth has turned the sun into a virtual commodity."

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/21/upshot/Mapping-the-Shadows-of-New-York-City.html?_r=0

  • 02 Oct 2017 10:24 AM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    A message from Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc (NOAH)

    NOAH's great ClimateCARE team is planning an East Boston Climate Summit on Saturday, October 28, from 10AM to 2:30PM, at the Umana Academy on Border Street in East Boston. Climate change brings the increasing threat of sea-level rise, damaging floods, warming temperatures, and changing storm patterns. The diverse and vibrant peninsular community of East Boston is poised to experience these threats in a big way. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Sandy have taught us that large urban centers can suffer loss of life and severe property damage. Personal and institutional preparedness are necessary in the face of these increasing challenges. The City of Boston and other City/State agencies are making plans to protect East Boston - its people, its businesses, and its community. NOAH is working closely with the City and various agencies so that plans make sense for all of East Boston's residents. Mayor Marty Walsh, a national climate change leader, is our invited speaker, along with Oscar A. Chacón, co-founder and executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant-serving organization. Our elected local representatives will also be speaking. There will be a variety of interesting workshops to attend. For more information, please contact NOAH's Climate Program Manager, Gabriela Boscio, at gboscio@noahcdc.org or register by clicking HERE.   

Contact: Leonardi Aray, President | MAConsultingPlanners@gmail.com
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