Collaboration is a big deal in urban planning

by Elaine Jane Pañares | USJR Mass Comm intern

”Together, we can make a difference,” goes the popular line we get to hear often in election campaigns and calls for support for advocacies.

Is this possible? Yes. Time and again, countless of incidents, big and small across the world, have proven how collaborative efforts can lead to positive changes. They lived up to what collaboration means—an action working with someone to produce or create something.

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Road signs for a pedestrian-friendly road

by Elaine Jane Pañares | USJR Mass Comm intern

In an April 2014 news report by The Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine National Police showed that there were nearly 3,000 road accidents nationwide from January to February last year, mostly involving buses and trucks.

Common reasons for these accidents are human errors, lack of road discipline (over speeding, drunk driving, use of cell phone while driving, bad overtaking, and bad turning), mechanical defects, and poor maintenance.

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What is a pedestrianized city?

by Elaine Jane Pañares | USJR Mass Comm Intern

If one speaks of a pedestrianized city, one would think that people could just walk anywhere towards their destinations. In a way, yes, but pedestrianization actually refers to the lessening of traffic problems and accidents in a city. The government can do this by encouraging people to walk or bike and regulating the number of private cars under its jurisdiction, while addressing air and noise pollution. Therefore, the simplest meaning of a pedestrianized city is one that removes vehicular traffic from city streets.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.