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May 15, 2017
Diesel Vehicles Pollute More Than Lab Tests Show
Science Daily

Because of testing inefficiencies, maintenance inadequacies and other factors, cars, trucks and buses worldwide emit 4.6 million tons more harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) than standards allow, according to a new study.

May 14, 2017
Self-Driving Cars Can Dramatically Improve Traffic Flow
University of Illinois College of Engineering

The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research.

Knowledge Megaprojects Won’t Help Post-Oil Gulf Countries
Journal of Urban Technology (abstract)

As oil-rich Gulf countries have attempted to diversify their revenue stream away from fossil fuels, a new urban typology has emerged in their capitals to facilitate the transition to the knowledge-intensive economy. However, the effectiveness of such plans is questionable.

Land Use Planning and Construction Land Growth in China
Cities (abstract)

Land use planning is a comprehensive instrument for managing non-agricultural land growth in China, and the evaluation of its implementation effect on growth control is of great significance for policy improvement.

Are Mono- or Poly-centric Cities More Prosperous?
Cities (abstract)

Polycentric planning strategies aimed at addressing traffic congestion and other agglomeration diseconomies have not achieved expected effects, leading researchers to doubt the effectiveness of polycentricity. This paper examines the comparative economic efficacy of these strategies.

Re-Designing For Optimal Urban Food Gardens
Phys.org

Ever wondered why growing food at home never seems to save you any money? Two researchers, Dr James Ward and Dr John Symons think they may have the answer, and it lies in mathematics.

May 11, 2017
May 10, 2017
How Long-Term Neighborhood Poverty Influences Obesity
Health & Place (abstract)

Using the Geographic Research on Wellbeing survey, a sample of 2339 Californian mothers, we characterize then investigate how long-term latent neighborhood poverty trajectories predict the likelihood of obesity, taking into account short-term individual residential mobility.

The Limits of ‘Active Ageing’ Rhetoric
Regional Studies (abstract)

This paper examines the theoretical shortfalls, policy limits and practical constraints to active ageing, with a focus on social exclusion, locational disadvantage, spatial exclusion and the impediments local councils encounter in supporting this policy.

National and Regional Policies For Economic Resilience
European Planning Studies (abstract)

Although high in the academic and political agenda, understanding the policy and governance aspects of resilience still remains a relatively underdeveloped area. The paper contributes to this debate focusing on an area which has been severely hit by crises, West Macedonia, Greece.

May 9, 2017
Transit and Land Use Changes in Danang, Vietnam
Cities (abstract)

The development of an arterial road named the Nguyen Tat Thanh Road along the Danang Bay in Vietnam shows how changes in mobility can influence the transformation of the urban landscape in a formerly residential neighborhood.

Prioritizing Accessibility in Major Cities
Transportation Research Board

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM about how to acknowledge accessibility as a performance measure and actively use it to improve transportation services for various users.

May 7, 2017
Nocturnal Road Noise Exposure and Children’s Sleep Patterns
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (abstract)

The aim of this study was to examine the association between nocturnal road traffic noise exposure and children’s parental-reported sleep duration and sleep problems.

17 Years of Metro-Induced Gentrification in Taipei
Cities (abstract)

The present study explores the relationship between metro systems and gentrification in Taipei; it particularly tests whether access to metro stations induces gentrification, metro-induced gentrification occurs in, and differs between in both inner and outer city areas.

Does Commuting Threaten Work-Life Balance?
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

Commuting may be much more than a mere annoyance; the time taken to commute daily has wide-ranging consequences and negatively impacts family life and social commitments in general.

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