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Opinion: Can city streets be changed for good?

Opinion: Can city streets be changed for good?

Temporary measures are being introduced in cities to encourage people to continue cycling and walking as lockdown is loosened. But there's the potential to think bigger, writes Chris Brown.

 

Advice: Providing sufficient space for walking and cycling

Advice: Providing sufficient space for walking and cycling

Councils should be looking at ways to enable safe walking and cycling for both the shorter and the longer term, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Creating a pedestrian link between city buildings

Case study: Creating a pedestrian link between city buildings

A new walkway in Melbourne, Australia, improves access and provides a more engaging and flexible form of urban infrastructure, Josephine Smit finds.

Advice: Planning urban areas for water

Advice: Planning urban areas for water

As climate change brings greater risk of heavy rainfall, new initiatives are needed to store water in urban areas and minimise potential for damage to property, finds Ben Kochan.

Need to know: Plans for Birkenhead regeneration progress

Need to know: Plans for Birkenhead regeneration progress

Public-private Wirral Growth Company is poised to bring forward regeneration plans for Birkenhead's town centre.

Analysis: How local authorities are stepping in to tackle declining shopping centres

Analysis: How local authorities are stepping in to tackle declining shopping centres

Councils are having to take the lead in town centre regeneration as retail declines, and that can involve making some tough decisions about shopping centres, Josephine Smit finds.

Review: Civic quarter regeneration

Review: Civic quarter regeneration

Regeneration of Lambeth's civic quarter creates a less intimidating public realm, and new sympathetic uses have been found for some historic buildings, writes Genevieve Hayes.

Advice: Maximising the benefits of trees in development

Advice: Maximising the benefits of trees in development

There are strong environmental imperatives for including more trees in developments, but it is important to get the location and planting right, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Creating an attractive and safe cycle route in outer London

Review: Creating an attractive and safe cycle route in outer London

New cycle lanes have been accompanied by imaginative public realm improvements in a project carried out as part of Transport for London's Mini-Holland initiative, writes Ian Hingley.

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