Charting a strong course for the city’s future, on June 30 the São Paulo City Council overwhelmingly approved a new Strategic Master Plan. The Plan, which directs the city’s growth for the next 16 years, incorporates many sustainable urban development principles including becoming the first megacity in the developing world to eliminate parking minimums citywide. From increasing…

Three years ago, Rio de Janeiro had more than 2.8 million privately owned cars, a number that is expected to reach over 3 million by 2015. The city’s road network can’t accommodate these increases, leading to more traffic congestion and increased travel times. According to a survey conducted in 2009, ‘Cariocas’ (Rio residents) spend an…

Many of the mobility issues faced by the Hipódromo neighborhood have their roots in the movement of activity towards the west and south, and the creation of de facto economic centers previously located the city’s historic center. The movement of economic activities toward the southwest eventually turned into a corridor with an axis that flowed…

This guidebook is the result of a study carried out in 12 cities across five countries throughout Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico) looking at parking and travel demand management (TDM) policies. It serves two main objectives: to present the general findings of the fieldwork carried out in the focus cities, comparing their…

Transportation systems in many Chinese cities have reached a critical moment in dealing with traffic congestion and perceived parking shortages stemming from rapid motorization. Recent research shows that oversupplying parking, as many cities did in response to increased car use, in fact, worsens congestion problems. Cities that have limited or capped parking supply in dense…

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