— Mcshane, C. (1979). Transforming the Use of Urban Space – A Look at the Revolution in Street Pavements, 1880-1924. Journal of Urban History, 5(3), 279-307. (p.300)
Bleeding Albina: A History of Community Disinvestment, 1940-2000
by Karen Gibson, PSU, 2007. [PDF]
my summary of the 20pg academic article:
also: Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? portlandoccupier, 28.11.12.
“Excel should never, ever be used for an accounting or project-controls system.”
Aggrieved, would-be Muni passengers are familiar with the agency’s ability to transcend the bounds of time and space. Buses and trains’ estimated arrival times leap forward and backward — or drop, altogether, off the face of the earth.
Muni can do the same thing with money.
"I would like to successfully support the Central Subway Project, however, the reporting accuracy or timeliness is not likely to improve with the status quo," LaVonda Atkinson wrote to the project’s federal overseer in February. "What I’ve [witnessed] is unprofessional, unethical and inaccurate. I cannot remain silent any longer."
For cost engineers, discovering millions expended on unbudgeted items is the equivalent of finding passengers on the airplane sans tickets or boarding passes. It’s a sign that something is gravely and fundamentally wrong.
But Atkinson was already convinced of that. These orphan line-items, she says, are the predictable detritus of reverse-engineered, “William Tell budgeting” and the shunting of cost overruns from one phase into the next. They are a vision of what’s to come.
read more: sfweekly, 02.04.14.
I am convinced that San Francisco was built as a dune buggy course, but became an actual city in the 1970s. I’ve had the displeasure of driving in Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, and Houston; yet San Francisco is the only city on earth where I’d rather set my car on fire and leave it smoldering in the middle of a one-way street than spend another two hours creeping up a series of 50 degree inclines, hoping to find a loading zone to briefly stop in before loudly, hopelessly weeping into my steering wheel. Cyclists, pedestrians, buses, and streetcars are keen to remind you that this is their city, not yours, and if they hit you, it’s your fault for being an eco-terrorist and not longboarding everywhere.
i think that was the best part of that post.
even vice still manages to upset folks. Oakland as an “industrial wasteland”? chill the f out, dudes. it’s vice. and you should be welcoming any negative perceptions of oakland, as that serves to hopefully keep more people from moving to our city.
A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in this week.
Can Free College Save American Cities?
"Kalamazoo’s spirits—much like its population—had been in precipitous decline. From 1970 to 2007, the city’s population shrank 20 percent to just over 70,000. The sad, slow leak of manufacturing jobs had caused a sad, slow leak of the middle class. Poverty was nearly twice the national average. Within some pockets of city, the problems were startling: in Northside, a predominantly black neighborhood, the poverty rate was 37 percent—worse than even basket-case Detroit, two hours to the east …
The idea was one part radical social engineering: How better to change the life trajectory of the city’s struggling urban poor than to send them to college? As economists have long known, the biggest single predictor of financial success in modern America is a college degree… Increasingly, those with no higher education are the ones left behind. But the Kalamazoo Promise wasn’t just a big idea about the new economics of education; the hope wasn’t just to send more kids to college – but to turn around an entire town.”
read more: Politico Magazine, 04.2014.