Your monthly roundup of news, tools, and events from the world of 8 80 Cities.

From the Blog: Eight Questions with Krista Nightengale from the Better Block

During 8 80 Streets Danforth, 8 80 Cities Admin. & Communications Manager, Camila Uriona, spoke to Krista Nightengale, Managing Director of The Better Block. Krista shared her experiences while implementing the first pop-up street makeover in Toronto this summer.

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Building Cities for Children: The Urban95 Initiative

In this interview with Thinking City, our friends from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Patrin Watanatada and Cecilia Vaca Jones talk about Urban95. This initiative is dear to our hearts at 8 80 Cities as it challenges city leaders, planners, and communities to look at the way cities, public spaces, and transportation affects the way that young children and their caregivers live, work, play and move through cities.

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Why We Should Live in a Soft City

In August, David Sim – Creative Director at Gehl Architects, published Soft City, the latest book in a series of excellent publications focused on human-centric urban design and planning from the people at Gehl. Eillie Anzilotti writes an overview of the latest publication outlining the arguments for ‘soft city’ solutions. We’ve already got our copy!

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In Spain, Seniors Exercise their Brain in the Park 
We need to design more public space with the needs of older adults in mind. What if our public spaces were designed to keep us all healthy, sharp, connected and avoiding social isolation?

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Building Parks with Neighbours in Mind  
In this article, Laura Bliss from Citylab discusses a new report from UCLA and the University of Utah that surveys strategies for “greening without gentrification.”

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Tactical Urbanism and Its Beauty 

Tactical Urbanism- strategic, temporary, low-cost, interventions have proven to be effective at laying the groundwork for permanent change in cities -like the King Street Pilot in Toronto, or the Hennepin Avenue Bus Lane in Minneapolis. Learn more about the great benefits of tactical urbanism in this article by Angie Schmitt from Streetsblog.

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Evidence that Bikelanes Are Good for Businesses 

In this article, Eric Jaffe captures the results of a recent study on the impact of a pilot cycle track on local businesses in Toronto. Yet more evidence of what we’ve known for a while, in city after city, cycling infrastructure has an overall positive impact on commercial activity.

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  • Climate Strike
    • In solidarity with the various other groups and organizations that are fighting for Climate Justice, 8 80 Cities will be joining the Climate Strike on Sep 27. Actions are happening globally.
  • 8 80 Streets: Pineway
    • The second iteration of 8 80 Streets will run from Sep 29- Oct 4. Check it out to see pop-up traffic calming installations in action!
  • 8 80 Streets: Mountview
    • The third iteration of 8 80 Streets will test the School Street Concept. A simple concept where the street street abutting a school is open to people and closed to cars during pick-up/drop-off times. It will run from Oct 28-31.
  • My City Too Report Launch
    • Our strategy to advance outdoor free play and independent mobility for children will be published in early November. Stay tuned to our social media channels for the exact launch date.
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