Sustainable Cities Series

Sustainable Cities Series

What does a sustainable city look like?

January 5, 2018

It comes as no surprise that most North American cities were built to accommodate one of the darlings of late 19th century innovation: the car. Go to almost any city in Europe and you will see extensive networks of safe and accessible bike paths, oft-used train systems and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. The cars that do occupy these narrow roads are seemingly tiny, and appear to have accepted their rank as second-class citizens of the road.

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Low-impact transportation seems to be at the heart of what most people would call a “sustainable city”, but the term is so loaded, that it would be impossible to boil it down to one central tenet. To me, a sustainable city means an accessible city; a climate resilient city; a connected city; a clean city; a green city; a permeable city; a mobile city; a safe city; a community.

Throughout this series, we will explore what it means to be a sustainable city, key tactics that cities all over the world are using to improve their connectedness, carbon footprints and waste and water management tactics, and what can be done at the individual level to contribute to the creation of cities that are worth living in.

Devon Hardy

What does a sustainable city mean to you? Share in the comments

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