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These Incredible Photos From Astronauts Show The Brightest Cities On Earth 
Cities at Night was launched by some Spanish astrophysicists who started following an astronaut’s Twitter account. “For us his nighttime pictures were like fire for a firefighter—it’s pretty, but you must control it,” says Alejandro Sanchez from Complutense University of Madrid. “We want to make the nighttime images useful for citizens, journalists, and scientists. And make this beauty accessible—but also make people think about if all this waste of energy is really needed.”
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These Incredible Photos From Astronauts Show The Brightest Cities On Earth 
Cities at Night was launched by some Spanish astrophysicists who started following an astronaut’s Twitter account. “For us his nighttime pictures were like fire for a firefighter—it’s pretty, but you must control it,” says Alejandro Sanchez from Complutense University of Madrid. “We want to make the nighttime images useful for citizens, journalists, and scientists. And make this beauty accessible—but also make people think about if all this waste of energy is really needed.”
See the entire slideshow here>
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fastcompany:

These Incredible Photos From Astronauts Show The Brightest Cities On Earth 

Cities at Night was launched by some Spanish astrophysicists who started following an astronaut’s Twitter account. “For us his nighttime pictures were like fire for a firefighter—it’s pretty, but you must control it,” says Alejandro Sanchez from Complutense University of Madrid. “We want to make the nighttime images useful for citizens, journalists, and scientists. And make this beauty accessible—but also make people think about if all this waste of energy is really needed.”

See the entire slideshow here>

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CITIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH:  India, China, Nigeria to lead the coming global urbanization surge

The coming decades will be marked by a dramatic rise in urbanization — with India, China and Nigeria leading the charge. That’s one of several predictions in the 2014 World Urbanization Prospects report, released July 10 by the United Nations. Those countries are poised for the largest urban growth between now and 2050. India could add 404 million urbanites, followed by China (292 million) and Nigeria (212 million).  

The coming population boom will have profound consequences for cities, particularly developing ones. Rapid or unplanned growth coupled with inadequate planning can result in sprawl, pollution and environmental harm, the report warns.

Despite swift urbanization, Asia and Africa are home to 90 percent of the planet’s rural population, now at 3.4 billion. As cities expand, that number may slide to 3.1 billion by 2050. An estimated 54 percent of humanity lives in urban areas today. The figure could rise to 66 percent by 2050 as cities add 2.5 billion residents. Megacities, with populations of 10 million or more, may increase from 28 in 2014 to 41 by 2030.

Sources:  Citiscope and United Nations.

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BICYCLE CENTER:  Congested São Paulo to open free cyclist hub

Infamous for its traffic congestion, São Paulo has worked for years to improve rapid transit and to prove bike lanes and bike-share kiosks. Now, it will have something more for cyclists: a massive new headquarters for all their needs. 

Nora Lamm reports for Global Site Plans that South America’s largest city begins construction this week on the “Largo Bike” facility.  It will feature bike parking, showers, maintenance and repair along with restrooms and changing stations. Rentals will be available through Bike Sampa, the local bike-share service. Use of the facility will be free to registered users. 

Underscoring the city’s commitment to promoting cleaner transportation, the cycling hub will be open 24-hours-a-day. São Paulo approved the structure, which opens this month, in response to record levels of congestion on its roads, the article says. The city already has an extensive network of bike lanes covering 260 km (162 miles). 

Sources:  Cityscope and Global Site Plans

Bikes are a critical part of planning for reducing congestion. Any plan that leaves them out is not a plan.

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