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February 27, 2017
Book Review: Spatial Divisions of Labour
Regional Studies (abstract)

Doreen Massey’s Spatial Divisions of Labour is rightly considered a classic in that it is the main source of a concept of the same name that extended the reach of the concept of an international division of labor and has been widely referenced in subsequent research.

Patterns of Urban Green Space Use in Beijing
International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (abstract)

We examined the relationship between the spatial pattern of visitor distribution within urban green spaces and external factors in central Beijing, using the Gini coefficient, kernel density estimation, and geographical detectors.

February 26, 2017
Using GIS To Measure Food Retail Environments
Health & Place (abstract)

This discussion identifies common dimensions of methodological diversity across GIS-based food environment research, reviews the impact of different methodological choices, and highlights areas where reporting is insufficient.

Using Regions To Analyze Walkable Cities
Health & Place (abstract)

There is growing international evidence that supportive built environments encourage active travel such as walking. An unsettled question is the role of geographic regions for analyzing the relationship between the built environment and active travel.

Urban Design In An Age of Recession
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Two papers in this special themed issue offer empirical research to demonstrate the uneven impacts of recession in the UK, analyzing the impacts of the economic boom in central London in the years 2008–2015 to the recession driven ‘toxic’ high streets of suburban Newcastle.

Smart Energy City Development
Cities (abstract)

This research aims to define smart energy city development not only in a theoretical context, but also in terms of practical solutions.

February 23, 2017
Systemic Approach of Urban Resilience
International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (abstract)

Understanding the universality of complex systems order, which characterizes living systems, and which modernist city planning has violated, would allow planning more resilient cities.

Broadband Can Connect Rural Communities

Academic studies have found that broadband access led to more new businesses in rural areas, and that high levels of broadband adoption were associated with increased median household incomes and lower unemployment levels for rural residents.

February 22, 2017
Privatizing Sydney’s Suburbs
Geographical Research (abstract)

This paper seeks to contribute to knowledge in this field by reference to findings from an investigation in Sydney, Australia, using data from 300 private residential estates constructed under the New South Wales Community Land Development Act, 1989 over a 20-year period.

How BRT Changed Bogota’s Travel Behavior
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

Bogotá’s TransMilenio BRT system has garnered praise for its beneficial effects on transit ridership, congestion, and air quality, yet there has been little research into the system’s impacts on individuals and households, particularly on the city’s lower wealth households.

Urban Design in the Neoliberal Era
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Against the backdrop of an ongoing global recession, Greece continues to face economic problems. How has urban design fared in the struggling state?

Green Gentrification
European Planning Studies (abstract)

Urban sustainability and the fight for environmental justice.

Exploring the Clustering of Creative Industries
European Planning Studies (abstract)

During the last decades, a large body of literature has been published on the clustering of creative industries, but it has not been reviewed in a systematic way. In this review paper, we fill this gap.

February 21, 2017
Residential Self-Selection and Travel Behavior
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

This paper challenges the assumption that households are unconstrained in choosing their preferred residential location by distinguishing between the more passive travel attitude and travel considerations as a deliberate reason to locate in a certain place.

Transit Policy: Bicycles and Motorcycles
Transportation Research Board

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2587 consists of 17 papers that explore issues related to bicycles and motorcyles.

February 20, 2017
Roads Driving Rapid Evolutionary Changes
Dartmouth College

Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a new paper. The study looks at the evolutionary changes that are being caused by the way roads slice and dice our planet.

The District Mobility Project
Transportation Research Board

The District Department of Transportation has released a report that presents the state of multimodal congestion in the District among various travel modes. Using these data, this report seeks to respond to ongoing or future congestion issues.

Harnessing GPS Data for Electric Cars in Europe
Chicago Policy Review

Can EVs satisfy the transportation needs in the current market where gasoline vehicles still take up 99% of its share? How can automobile manufactures and city planners efficiently establish the charging infrastructure for EVs? The answers lie in big data.

Economic Booms Are Bad For Urban Design
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Cash-rich developers looking for a chance to make a quick buck often produce bad architecture and urban design when there are opportunities for making positive changes in the built environment.

February 16, 2017
French 20X More Likely To Cross on Red Than Japanese

It’s a decision most of us will face when walking in a big city: to cross or not to cross the street on a red light. Our eventual choice greatly depends on the country we live in, according to a new study.


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