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The shared space of the GO train

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Riding the train can be a strangely solitary experience. Freed from the distractions of navigation and traffic, most rail commuters nap, read, listen to music or take in the scenery as they chug serenely toward their destination. What is it about commuter trains that make people retreat into books and headphones, and what does it take to break that unspoken contract? Continue reading

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Bringing Vibrant Public Space to the ‘Burbs

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By Jason Neudorf

In Part I of this series, I suggested that many of the vibrant downtowns in North America are great places to raise families – or they would be if families could afford them.  Unfortunately, the very limited supply of housing that can reasonably be described as urban means that a lot of Millennials will be destined for the leafy frontiers of suburbia.  That is, unless housing markets are able to respond in a powerful way to increase the supply of urban housing.  There are many signs that this response is beginning to gain momentum, and the cities that foster growth in the supply of urban housing will be well poised to attract the talent and investment necessary for success in the 21st century. Continue reading

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The Subway as a Cultural Space

There are many people who think of the New York City subway as a means of getting from point A to point B and not much else.

I am not one of those people.

During my high school years, I had the pleasure of a 70-minute subway commute to and from school. It was then that I learned to recognize the subway as an extension of my home and a platform for expressing and interpreting the cultural zeitgeist.

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you articles about Casablanca’s new tramway, lessons from Singapore’s “people first” planning strategies and a TED Talk by the creator of the Inside Out Project, JR.
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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world! This week we bring you a list of car-filled places that should be car-free, some musing about the relationship between cities and their transit maps, and an assortment of other public space goodies. Continue reading

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