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the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) had a lot to do with the design of suburbs… in addition to getting a majority of americans to buy houses there.
Southworth and Ben-Joseph, “Street Standards and the Shaping of Suburbia”. JAPA. Winter 1995. pg.75.
» Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding

An abandoned block of Chase Street in Baltimore will be redeveloped by Johns Hopkins University.

nytimes, 12.11.13.

» APA: Salary Survey Summary

no matter whatever these graphs say,

my views are still pretty fixed—i can’t even imagine having a real job, making money.

read all those articles about millennials being optimistic but whatever… I’m not [optimistic]. the economy sucks—the friends who have jobs all seem to be in tech (or science), and they’re the ones who inadvertently contribute to gentrifying neighborhoods and raising rents.

i really don’t care all that much about making money… like these numbers in those graphs above.. i can’t even imagine what they mean. they’re so out there.

i just want enough to go travel, bike tour, rent a nice apartment with hardwood floors and south-facing windows, and buy an electric bike for my mom.

not even pay back student loans. fuck that shit. the student loan bubble better burst and the american education system reformed before i make enough money to start paying back student loans.

» Death of a cyclist

A collision between a bike commuter and motorist raises questions about whether we’re too lenient toward those who drink and drive.

"The norm in the Chicago area is driving recklessly and speeding," says Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. "Too many people are traveling in a reckless, dangerous way, whether it’s driving a car or riding a bike. Of course, when you’re a person on foot or a bike, you’re nowhere near as dangerous as a person in a 3,000- pound car."

San Hamel has pleaded not guilty to the seven felony counts—including reckless homicide and aggravated DUI—for which he faces a sentence of up to 54 years. No trial date has been set, and he remains free on a $100,000 bond. He is prohibited from drinking alcohol or driving as a condition of bond.

In Illinois, fewer than a third of DUI arrests ended in conviction in 2011, the most recent year reported. Most cases end up under court supervision, an option unique to Illinois. If an offender successfully completes the court supervision period, the case is dismissed and the charges dropped.

"People don’t realize how broken the system is," says Cathy Stanley, court watch director for the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. "It really needs scrutiny and needs to be tightened up."

In Stanley’s mind, the biggest loophole is the routine thwarting of supposedly mandatory license suspensions for those who are charged with DUI or who refuse to take a Breathalyzer.

It seems one key to getting off easy is being arrested in the suburbs. “A lot of times, the village attorneys are just out to make money for the village.”

Bobby Cann introduced his girlfriend, Catherine Bullard (top), to his aunt (bottom), uncle, and mother shortly before he died.

The intersection where the collision occurred.

On October 25, around 100 people gathered at the crash site for a ceremony designating the Clybourn-Larrabee intersection Honorary Bobby Cann Way. Dozens of Cann’s former coworkers from Groupon and REI were there. Cann’s family flew in from the east coast.

Before unveiling the honorary street sign, Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. announced that Clybourn would be the first IDOT route with protected bike lanes. An IDOT spokeswoman confirmed the plan, but did not provide a timeline for the installation.

"Bobby told me that biking was very safe," Cann’s mother, Maria, said to a TV news crew. She was surprised but glad that they had come. "But no infrastructure change can make it safe to share the road with intoxicated drivers."

read more: chicagoreader, 30.10.13.

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"About a week ago, I found myself on a backstreet in Ravenswood, trailing a cyclist without a helmet riding on old-style ten speed with a courier bag slung over his back. It appeared to me that he didn’t know I was there while we were both approaching the upcoming stop sign. I say he didn’t know I was there because it seemed he was off in his own world, daydreaming while riding, and was clearly hearing-impaired from the huge Beats headphones he had on. Being the (sometimes) nice and courteous guy that I am, I figured I’d just give him a heads-up that I was there. So I tooted my horn lightly.

Oh, spare me the white man’s burden crap. It appeared he didn’t know you were there?  Why? Because he had an “old-style ten speed” and a “courier bag?”  Because he didn’t have a helmet?  (Like that even fucking matters.)  Because he was wearing headphones that may or may not have been playing music at a volume completely unknown to you?  He could have been listening to “News from Lake Wobegon” for all you know.  ”Appearances” don’t mean shit.  I mean, when I see a mushy putz driving an SUV like the guy who wrote this article, it “appears” to me that they couldn’t possibly achieve or sustain an erection (much less hear or see a thing what with his radio and cellphone and cabin insulation and climate control and blind spots), but that doesn’t mean I attempt to have sex with their spouse or life partner for them. 

Anyway, so what if he didn’t know you were there?  He doesn’t really have to know you’re there.  You have to know he’s there because you’re the one approaching from behind.  So wait until it’s safe to pass him and then do so.  Don’t honk at him, especially as you’re approaching a fucking stop sign.  It’s irritating enough when people honk at you for no reason, but it’s quadruply annoying when they do it at a stop sign or red light, and if you want to know why sometimes we’re inclined to roll those things then there’s your fucking answer.

And for fuck’s sake, how do you honk your horn “lightly?”  Horns don’t modulate—it’s on or it’s off, you twit!  Nobody can detect the nuances in your car horn.  We can’t even detect the nuances in your prose because you’re such a shitty hack.

So, unsurprisingly, the hack gets the finger:

Guess I should have known better. Not that I expected a waive from the cyclist, nor did I expect him to stop and say thank you, but I didn’t expect him to give me the one-finger salute in a long, protracted, five-second long flip-off accompanied by a scornful face.

Hey moron, maybe he was just flipping you off “lightly”—you know, just so you knew that he was there.”

Bike Snob

(via thegreenurbanist)

» It's Time to Stop Sharing the Road

The PC urban professional crowd you see on their corporate sponsored, helmet-required tours will shun assertive language and cling to a vocabulary of non-confrontationalism. For them, reputation and obedience are more important than responding to clueless motorists and their lethal driving habits with equal and opposite force. Whether in the streets or in our ongoing discourse, the tendency is to back down, to let the oppressor define the rules of engagement and debate. That kind of power dynamic has gotten us basically nowhere.

The burden of mortality is always on the person riding a bike, yet the burden of responsibility for killing or maiming a person with a car virtually never falls on the driver. If that pisses you off, it’s time to start acting like it. We’ve come to a point where all the soft-ball pitching of our needs has failed to deliver streets that are safer. Asking for permission to ride without fear doesn’t work – motorists don’t care, or they can’t hear you. It’s time to start adopting principles of two-wheeled liberation.

While I’d caution most people about kicking and punching the vehicle belonging to a driver that almost just ended a life, I cannot stress enough how important it is to not let them simply drive away without holding them accountable – even if it’s only to receive a strongly worded scolding of their dangerous behavior. If they can almost kill you and get away with it, there’ll have zero negative feedback from which to form a lasting memory of the incident, and they’ll be that much more likely to do it again.

It’s okay to get mad, it’s okay to curse. Don’t get out of control, and always be aware of your surroundings. First and foremost, keep yourself and your comrades out of harms way. But remember, you don’t have to take shit from anyone. Somebody rides your ass with their two-ton death machine blaring the horn, that’s a threat, and you have every right to defend yourself from that kind of aggressive action.

Just because you’re at risk out there doesn’t mean you have to be a victim. Remember, you’re on a motherfucking bike.

read more: rebelmetropolis, 15.10.13.

you can cop the hoodie (or tank) in the photo above @AWLF.

A study in Wisconsin by the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce determined that a typical Walmart store costs taxpayers over $1.7 million per year, or about $5,815 per employee. A 2004 study in California put the cost per employee at $2,103.

For the year 2012,  Walmart’s pre-tax U.S. income was almost $18.7 billion. That’s over $14,000 per U.S. Walmart employee.


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