In Dallas, A Complete Street Equals Greater... →
Financially speaking, we know that making our roads auto-only doesn’t pencil out. To make matters worse, the larger the road, the greater the expense in maintenance. For Ross Avenue, we took a 6 lane road and developed a pedestrianized center that allowed entrepreneurs an opportunity to test their business while creating greater economics to the area. Normally, we’d generate no money from this...
Provocative post by McKibben: If Brazil Has to... →
climateadaptation: It’s the hypocrite’s dilemma — how do first world developed countries convince developing countries not to ruin their environments, while continuing to ruin their own? It’s a really interesting question to me, especially when I engage heavy thinkers of environmentalism. Should children in, say, rural China have the same opportunities as I do? If yes, then how, without burning...
Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy... →
While not as hostile to cars as the European cities described in the article, since the 1970s Portland, Oregon has put in place a series of transportation and land use policies to reduce the dominance of the automobile. In the downtown area, small blocks, one-way and single-lane traffic, expensive parking, bike lanes, and frequent transit service all make driving a less desirable option than...
Driver crashes into pack of Los Angeles bicyclists... →
We will have to wait and see what the investigation comes up with in this case, but meanwhile, I do have a beef though with cyclists these days, not all of them because some still follow the rules of the road, but with the majority (at least in San Diego) who do not. I fully expect that sooner or later I will end up getting one or more with my car, as they really try hard to make that happen. I...
Proposed: A Critical Mass for bicyclists who... →
Courteous Mass/Critical Manners has a point of view: “This is a bicycle protest to show San Diego that bikes can share the roads and have the same right to be on the road. This is NOT Critical Mass, this is NOT a race, we will ride in a group and stay together by communicating with each other. Be ready to signal when you turn, stop at red lights to regroup and be polite. If we do stop traffic...
Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy →
Pedestrians and trams are given priority treatment in Zurich. Tram operators can turn traffic lights in their favor as they approach, forcing cars to halt. Mr. Fellmann calculated that a person using a car took up 115 cubic meters (roughly 4,000 cubic feet) of urban space in Zurich while a pedestrian took three. “So it’s not really fair to everyone else if you take the car,” he said. “We would...
climateadaptation: Copenhagen Royal Palace renovation: modern art and solar panels. The Danes have got it on lock.
a little hiatus
was skateboarding on my first morning on Portland (a couple Thursdays ago), fell and broke my left wrist. just doing less type-heavy things right now such as sorting out and uploading my PDX photos. forthcoming: portland recap post back to urban planning / environmental issues posting for now, you get a couple lovely pictures of me. :T 09. and 10.06.11 Portland was a blast. (despite...
Skateboarding Capital of the World →
This often-drizzly city may be the most skateboard-friendly town in America. In Portland, skateboarding has been woven into parks and streets in the same manner as cycling or soccer. Skateboarding is illegal in downtowns across the country. Portland’s downtown is marked with “skate routes” featuring signs with a skateboarding stick figure. In most cities, skaters consider it a big victory...
Edward Burtynsky Exposes the Life-Cycle of Oil in... →
Edward Burtynsky’s oil exhibition celebrates a decade of work chronicling the production, distribution, and multiple uses of this valuable energy source and much debated topic. Displaying sights of enormous refineries, aerial views of oil fields, and landscapes of motor production, the photographs present a dramatic view of the various facets of oil. The Canadian photographer has travelled...
Section 2 of New York City’s High Line Park... →
The High Line, designed by James Corner, will be extended from 20th St. to 30th. At 26th Street, there will be an overlook onto 10th Avenue. The rectangle steel frame was designed to echo the billboards that once lined the railroad. When viewed from the street, the structure, called “The Viewing Spur,” will frame park visitors, creating something of a living advertisement for the High Line. ...