Big moves: Global agendas, local aspirations, and urban mobility in Canada

Big moves: Global agendas, local aspirations, and urban mobility in Canada

/ Perl, Anthony; Hern, Matt; & Kenworthy, Jeffrey R. — Montreal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020.

1 online resource (xv, 302 pages) : illustrations, graphs, PDF. — (McGill-Queen's studies in urban governance ; 13).

The book investigates the planning and development of major transportation infrastructure in the Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver metropolitan areas in the context of their aspirations to be global cities. It explores the variation in the approaches taken to develop transportation infrastructure between the cities and historical trends of equivocation on capital investments for transportation infrastructure. It compares key indicators of urban mobility and land use for the three cities with international and smaller Canadian cities. It analyzes the financing and expenditures on major mobility infrastructure in the three cities and the effects of community resistance to highway and rapid transit infrastructure. Finally, it looks at the nature and extent of highway and rapid transit system construction in three suburban cities within each metropolitan area (i.e., Laval, Mississauga and Surrey).


Driverless cars, urban parking and land use

Driverless cars, urban parking and land use

/ Simons, Robert A. — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.

xx, 387 pages : illustrations, graphs, maps.

With a focus on the United States, the book covers the technological and hardware trends of autonomous automobiles; trends in automobile ownership and the transition to autonomous automobiles; parking regulations and standards; land use considerations to accommodate autonomous automobiles (e.g., adaptive reuse of garages); government regulation of the transition to autonomous automobiles; and ethical issues with the transition to driverless cars. It also considers the policy implications of driverless vehicle adoption for cities in Europe, China and Singapore. Two case studies on the adaptive reuse of parking structures in Grand Rapids, MI, and Cincinnati, OH, are included.


Solved: How the world's great cities are fixing the climate crisis

Solved: How the world's great cities are fixing the climate crisis

/ Miller, David. — Toronto : Aevo UTP, 2020.

1 online resource (xvii, 185 pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour), graphs, PDF.

The book highlights the innovative approaches of major cities around the world, including Toronto and Vancouver, to combat climate change through equitable city planning; energy and electricity policy (e.g., district heating, distributed energy, renewable energy sources and cold lake cooling); reducing the carbon footprint of existing and new buildings (e.g., disclosure of building performance benchmarks, urban cap and trade, improving energy efficiency, building standards, passive design and net-zero buildings); public transportation (i.e., rail and bus rapid transit); transportation policy (i.e., congestion charging, active transportation zones and electric vehicle adoption); and waste management and reduction.


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