The 15 Minute City of the Future

The 15 Minute City of the Future

When you leave your front door, what can you reach in 15 minutes by foot or bike? A grocery store? A school? A park? That’s the question that many urban planners are using to shape plans for how cities operate in the future. The 15-minute city means designing neighborhoods where everything people need, from housing to dining to cultural institutions, is within that 15-minute radius. 

Why this Matters: It’s a good idea to create neighborhoods that fulfill people’s basic needs so that they won’t have to travel as far to manage their daily lives – especially post-pandemic when more people are likely to work from home. 

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Will COVID Finally Get Millennials to Buy Cars?

Will COVID Finally Get Millennials to Buy Cars?

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer Millennials have been the least likely to buy cars of any generation — in fact, before the COVID-19 pandemic, they were about 29 percent less likely than those in Gen X to purchase a car. But the pandemic has made car ownership of “COVID cars” more desirable, according to […]

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Rich Nations Have Sold 14 Million “Dirty and Dangerous” Vehicles to Developing Nations

Rich Nations Have Sold 14 Million “Dirty and Dangerous” Vehicles to Developing Nations

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new report from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) found that rich nations, including the United States, Japan, and the Netherlands, are exporting “dirty and dangerous” cars to developing countries en masse. Between 2015 and 2018, an estimated 14 million vehicles were “dumped” in Asia and Africa. 80% […]

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Imagining a Future Of Cities With Many Fewer Or Even Without Cars

Imagining a Future Of Cities With Many Fewer Or Even Without Cars

The New York Times’ opinion writer Farhad Manjoo penned a fantastic story (the graphics are amazing) that visualizes a carless future for NYC and asks the fundamental question “why do cities waste so much space on cars.” 

Why This Matters:  Now is the time to reimagine urban spaces — particularly if, as Manjoo predicts, more people worry that the only way to safely get around in cities is in their own car.

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Growth of Gas Guzzling SUVs Adding Massive Amount of CO2 Globally

Growth of Gas Guzzling SUVs Adding Massive Amount of CO2 Globally

Second only to electric power globally since 2010, sport utility vehicle (SUV) sales have spiked and they are now contributing hugely to the growth of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  In addition, global fuel economy worsened caused in part by the rising SUV demand even as efficiency improvements in smaller cars saved over 2 million barrels a day and electric cars displaced less than 100,000 barrels a day.

Why This Matters:  This is a big double whammy on efforts to curb CO2 emissions and decrease the demand for fossil fuels for cars.

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Ford and VW Team Up To Develop Electric and Self-Driving Cars

Ford and VW Team Up To Develop Electric and Self-Driving Cars

Ford Motors and Volkswagen announced Friday that they will partner to jointly develop electric and self-driving cars — in a union that plays to the strength of each company, Ford having an advantage on self-driving cars and Volkswagon on electric cars.  Volkswagen, since its settlement for fraud violations concerning pollution control systems on their diesel-fueled cars, has been working to bring to market next year a fully electric model called the ID.3, that it will sell for $34,000, making it affordable for middle-income buyers.  As a result, Ford will introduce a vehicle in Europe made from VW components in 2023, and plans to sell 600,000 electric cars over six years.

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