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SCARP (The School of Community and Regional Planning) student symposium @the university of british columbia, in vancouver, BC, friday 07.feb. 2014.
just signed up to go to this, along with a few of my PSU MURP classmates. aren’t these acronyms great? like at PSU we call each other “MURPs”, like “I’m a second-year MURP.” so I bet at UBC they say, “Are you a SCARP?”
» Streetsblog Seeks Freelance Reporters in the East Bay

Streetsblog SF is looking for experienced freelance journalists in the East Bay who are knowledgeable and passionate about livable streets and sustainable transportation issues — from public space expansions like the botched Latham Square project, to open streets events like Oaklavia and Sunday Streets Berkeley, to efforts to build safer bike lanes and improve service on BART and AC Transit.

East Bay reporters would be expected to cover public hearings and press conferences, and seek interviews with advocates and policymakers.

Streetsblog freelancers are paid per article. If you or someone you know fits the bill, send resumes and writing samples to

aaah I would! if i were still in the Bay! and if reblogging news on tumblr counts as journalism experience! :D

ahah but it would be good to improve my writing. 

» Scientific Proof That Cars and Cities Just Don't Mix

A fascinating new study has revealed what many Planetizen readers already know: cities aren’t meant to be experienced from behind the wheel of a car. Researchers at the University of Surrey found that drivers perceive exactly the same things more negatively than those who walk, bike, or take transit, confirming the anecdotal experience of literally every person that’s ever tried to find parking in an urban downtown.

Pacific Standard Magazine has a great write-up describing the results of the study, in which participants were asked to judge the traits of people they saw from a car, transit, bicyclist, or pedestrian perspective:

"The researchers found that participants who saw the video from the perspective of a car rated the actors higher on negative characteristics (threatening, unpleasant) than participants in the other three conditions. Participants who saw the video from the perspective of the pedestrian rated the actors higher on positive characteristics (considerate, well-educated) than those in the car condition."

These findings have a few interesting implications…

These studies, taken together, indicate that cities working to emphasize walkable, transit-oriented communities are laying a strong foundation for continued growth. Improvements that focus on how people interact with cities at a human level, rather than the driving experience, are likely to be the changes that produce the most positive experiences for visitors and new residents. And the more alternatives residents and visitors have for getting around without a car, the fewer negative impressions they’re likely to form of the city.

planetizen: 30.12.13.
Why Your Big Move to the Big City May Be Your Last. psmag, 19.12.13.
Hoody, goody or buddy? How travel mode affects social perceptions in urban neighbourhoods. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour Volume 21, November 2013, Pages 219–230

» Big Idea 2014: Goodbye Silicon Valley, Hello Silicon Cities

bruce katz, brookings institution, 10.12.13.

» Clever? Smart Street Lamps Light Up Only When Needed

smithsonian blog, 24.12.13.
via grist, 27.12.13.

There are cities around the world that have a zero-tolerance goal when it comes to fatalities. We have to set it in our minds that some day — some day, we will have years where no one gets killed on our streets.

Supervisor David Chiu said SF should set a vision beyond the Pedestrian Strategy’s goal of cutting injuries by 50 percent by 2020.

via sfstreetsblog, 12.04.13Mayor Lee on Walk to Work Day: We Won’t Let Ped Strategy Sit on the Shelf. 

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