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Extra Tough Flex Posts for Dedicated Bike Lanes

110 years ago, Ford introduced the Model-T and started a transportation revolution. The power and flexibility of movement provided by vehicles changed the design of cities. Yet cars are not universally efficient—their infrastructure is expensive to build and maintain, congestion and sprawl are common, streets are less sociable, and environmental

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Park and Ride Design in the Age of Ride-Share

What is a Park and Ride? Many Park and Rides are parking lots where people leave their cars in order to take transit. As a design challenge, they’re seen in the same vein as other parking lots. However, park and ride serves a different function than most parking lots. These

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Ottawa Bollards vs. Toronto Bollards

Ontario’s two biggest cities have an ongoing friendly rivalry. Residents argue about which is the best city, in categories from restaurants to infrastructure. The competition carries into the hockey arena. Every year, the NHL promotes the Battle of Ontario when the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators square off.

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MSME Day: Supporting Small Business Growth

June 27 is MSME Day—a day to celebrate and promote micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, encouraging support and investment into this sector. Small business growth is incredibly important to global economic stability and sustainability. In honor of MSME Day we take a look at some of the challenges and opportunities

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Globalization of Production

Reliance Foundry’s history spans the rise and fall of manufacturing in the West. From boom times through the 1920s, to decline during the globalization of production, the business of metal casting is closely tied to larger economic trends. The 1995 book “Fire in the Blood” is a detailed look at

Custom bollards cast to look like whale fins in Chongqing, China

Custom Bollards for Function and Form

Bollards—those short posts that guide traffic and protect perimeters—can be highly visible hazard markers. The simplest security bollards are made of yellow-painted steel pipe. Around utilities, or at drive through windows, bollards may be covered in bright plastic and ringed with strips of reflective tape. However, in more formal settings,

Row of bollards in front of building

A Guide to Bollard Spacing and Site Planning

Whether to calm traffic, protect assets, or create visual perimeters around landmarks, bollards are functional, decorative posts used in everyday environments. Bollards come in a wide variety of aesthetics, from shiny stainless steel to traditional cast iron, or can be finished with vibrant powder coating to add a pop of

A median in a road slopes to contain native grasses and other plants as part of the bioswale design

Urban Water Management and Bioswale Design

Floods are increasing in the United States. It is the most common natural hazard, and creates the greatest economic and social impact. Changes in climate and in ecosystems are creating the conditions that lead to the disaster and are forcing cities to become more flood resilient. A report from the

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Tactile Paving: Attention vs. Guiding Patterns

When crossing the street or boarding a train, you might notice small domes or rounded, slightly raised bars purposefully placed on the ground’s surface. These indicators can be felt underfoot or by cane, and are a form of tactile paving. They are also referred to as ground surface indicators, or

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A Case Study: Historic Preservation and Placemaking

Surrey firefighters have spent the past two years working on an unusual project. In a grassroots effort of historic preservation and placemaking, they’ve given Port Kells #7 Fire Hall a new lease on life. The building was constructed 1923 as an agricultural hall. After a few different leaseholders, the District