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Brandon G. Donnelly

Brandon G. Donnelly

Brandon is a Toronto-based real-estate developer who blogs at Architect This City.

Barcelona’s “superblock” plan to return dedicated car space to the public

Barcelona is in the midst of dramatically rethinking its urban fabric to address issues around urban mobility and climate change. Initially laid out in this 2014 Urban Mobility Plan for Barcelona [PDF], the city is now implementing something it calls superilles (or “superblocks” in English). Here’s what it looks like: The idea is to concentrate transit… Read more »

How Uber Envisions Driving Down the Cost of Transportation

A few days ago, Bill Gurley — who is an investor in Uber — wrote a really fascinating blog post called, Uber’s New BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal): UberPool. I’ve touched on UberPool briefly before. But basically it’s a true “ridesharing” service in which people with overlapping routes can easily share the same car —… Read more »

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money

This article was originally published at Architect This City. Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article from The Economist talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that — despite North America’s renewed interest in them —… Read more »

Why Buy a Car When You’ve Got Mobile Apps?

(This article was originally published at Architect This City.) One of the things that many city planners, transportation experts, and municipalities are trying to figure out is how to successfully shift people away from driving towards alternative modes of transportation, such as biking and transit. Now, this is no easy task. There are a myriad… Read more »

Cities are Often Bad Places for Cars and … Oh Yeah … People Too

I stumbled upon a documentary called The Human Scale. (Editor’s note: It was released in late 2012 and is available to watch on Google Play for $3.99.) One of the things that’s so fascinating about studying cities right now is that it feels as if we’re at a major turning point with respect to how we think… Read more »

80 Percent of New York’s 150 Million Taxi Trips Could Be Shared

I’ve been a big fan of MIT’s Senseable City Lab since I was a grad student at Penn. Their work sits at the intersection of cities and technology, and so I’ve always found it incredibly fascinating. Recently, the Lab examined data from all of New York’s 13,586 registered cabs and looked for ways that technology and mobile… Read more »