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Just last month, we were shaming Tulsa, Oklahoma, with our “Golden Crater” award for the downtown most riddled with surface parking lots. But today, we applaud the city for taking steps to reverse the plague of excess parking. 

Parking Madness Champion Tulsa Moves to Limit Surface Parking Downtown. streetsblog, 13.05.13.
wow, look at that pic—no one lives in downtown tulsa.
a reader comment: “Apparently part of the problem was a tax on building square footage to help pay for a downtown stadium. Until that changes, there will be little incentive to rebuild.”
» Updating a City, Block by Block

San Diego’s massive size makes it impossible for the general plan to hash out zoning on a neighborhood level, let alone the property-by-property level needed to give residents and businesses a clear blueprint for the future they envision.

For that, the city turns to community plans

San Diego Community Plan Update Process. (click to enlarge)

voice of san diego, 09.04.13.


Houston or SimCity? 
It’s Houston.
(Yes, the Google Maps graphics are a bit of a giveaway)

come on! let’s go play in the park! look at all the pretty trees in neat lines!

miLES, made in Lower East Side — is a group that aims to repurpose some 200 empty, unused spaces in the Lower East Side of New York City by temporarily leasing them as meeting spaces for classes, events, and pop-up shops. 

fastcoexist, 21.03.13.

The Keystone XL Pipeline route will separate thousands of miles of animal habitat, destroy fragile forests, put thousands of farms at risk, and threaten drinking water aquifers used by dozens of cities where millions of Americans work and live — all for Canadian oil that will primarily be sold on the international market.
Above: South of Fort McMurray, swaths of trees were removed to make way for an underground oil pipeline that carries product from the oil sands mines to processing facilities. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post

» Denmark debuts beautiful bicycle superhighway

Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump…

The cycle superhighway (5min. video), which opened in April, is the first of 26 routes scheduled to be built to encourage more people to commute to and from Copenhagen by bicycle..

“We are very good, but we want to be better,” said Brian Hansen, the head of Copenhagen’s traffic planning section…

nytimes, 17.07.12.

“When we look at public hospitals, we look very much at how to reduce cost,” said a regional councilor, Lars Gaardhoj, who had just picked up his three small children in a cargo bike decorated with elephants. “It’s a common saying among doctors that the best patient is the patient you never see. Anything we can do to get less pollution and less traffic is going to mean healthier, maybe happier, people.”

(Source: climateadaptation)


Since you guys seem to like Brian van der Brug’s gorgeous aerial photo of Dodger Stadium with downtown in the background, we’ve uploaded it here at 800 pixels wide. You’re welcome!

I don’t see what’s so “gorgeous” about this.
This thing is surrounded by cement. Only way to get to this stadium is by car. Talk about accessible. There should be a light rail line, bus line, and bike path to the entrance of the stadium.
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