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#Oslo is ALMOST banning cars from its city centre, replacing parking spaces with flower beds, & building 60km of bike-lanes. All to create an almost car-free city centre by this year. Via @wef

Glad to be back working & speaking in #Oslo this week. #UFGC19
The best recent waterfront development in the world? Definitely top 3.

- 1/2 housing, 1/2 job space, lots of retail.
- half of housing 3+ bedrooms, lots of kids
- outstanding public realm design.
- diverse, interesting architecture.

Aker Brygge/Tjuvholmen communities in #Oslo.
Few things I enjoy more than deep conversations (over drinks) on urgent city-building challenges with smart urbanists (who are also friends). Great catching up with @JasonThorne_RPP & @MikeLydon tonight in #Oslo during @UrbanFutureConf #UFGC19 Europe’s biggest urbanism gathering.
People love to be next to water. Waterfront designs should make that experience extra delightful. For young people on this so-so Tuesday afternoon in #Oslo’s Aker Brygge/Tjuvholmen neighbourhoods, that includes jumping into the Fjord. The design encourages jumping, & lingering.
A decade ago, #Oslo had 200K of residences within air pollution “red zones” where on bad pollution days, children with asthma & adults with heart or respiratory illnesses shouldn’t go outside. Through concerted effort, that number’s been reduced to 10K. But more needs to be done.
READ THIS! You don’t just improve city life by removing something (cars). You do it by putting wonderful things for people where the cars used to be! Read #Oslo’s “Car-Free” Livability Program (it’s not really car-free, but there are a lot fewer of them): oslo.kommune.no/getfile.php/13…
The number of cars in #Oslo’s city centre has actually been going down steadily since 2012, & especially since 2015. They had a low parking MAXIMUM of 1 space for every 4 apartments. Now the parking max is 0. Since 2016, vehicle traffic has dropped 11%. oslo.kommune.no/getfile.php/13…
First #Oslo buried the freeway separating the historic city centre from their beautiful Fjord. They replaced it with housing, offices & cultural uses, & a multi-modal boulevard that actually moves more people than the freeway did. Then they’ve been building this, the #FjordCity.
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