Posts Tagged ‘urban planning’

Parking

January 10, 2019

“Why we should pay more for free parking.” A Guardian video.

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Highways & Cities

September 5, 2016

20th Century highways were a great development, but not for the cities they passed through. In urban areas, the routes took the paths of least political resistance, through working class and minority neighborhoods.

More:

“Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?” Joseph Stromberg, Vox

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The Blessing of the Buses

January 11, 2016

The Blessing of the Buses
“The quality of life in cities has much to do with systems of transport, which are often a source of much suffering for those who use them. Many cars, used by one or more people, circulate in cities, causing traffic congestion, raising the level of pollution, and consuming enormous quantities of non-renewable energy. This makes it necessary to build more roads and parking areas which spoil the urban landscape. Many specialists agree on the need to give priority to public transportation. Yet some measures needed will not prove easily acceptable to society unless substantial improvements are made in the systems themselves, which in many cities force people to put up with undignified conditions due to crowding, inconvenience, infrequent service and lack of safety.”

—  Laudato si’, Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on care for our common home

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Bicycles = Elitism?

December 5, 2011

Bicycles = Elitism?

It’s back! That 21st century city transportation question:

“Are urban bicyclists just elite snobs?” Will Doig, Salon.

Earlier iterations:

“Are Bike Lanes Expressways to Gentrification?” Paul M. Davis, Shareable

“Bike Lane Backlash, Even in Portland,” Sarah Goodyear, Atlantic Cities

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Festival Time Again — and Again and Again ….

July 8, 2010

Festival Time Again -- and Again and Again and Again ....

New York City hopes to bring variety to its hundreds of boringly repetitive street festivals, 321 of them last summer. Half the food permits at these events went to the same 20 vendors.

The first step in revitalising the city’s street fairs is a study by the Center for an Urban Future, New Visions for New York Street Fairs. Report excerpt:

“The street fairs have become, in many people’s view, a movable business, a scam, where the same stands simply relocate but never change.” — David Byrne.

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Hat tip: Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space.

 

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Dancing with the Cars

May 7, 2010

Dancing with the Cars

Washington DC’s transportation department is considering implementing an all-way pedestrian crossing signal at Chinatown’s main intersection, 7th and H Streets NW. Traffic lights would stop all vehicles, and pedestrians would be allowed to cross in any direction, even diagonally.

This “Barnes Dance ” or “Barnes Walk” pattern is named after Henry A. Barnes (1907 – 1968), who popularized the system as NYC Traffic Commissioner.  He also worked in Baltimore.

As DC considers the system, Denver, the first city to implement it, may dump it.

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