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Some things I’ve been reading but don’t have much to say about. I think they speak for themselves, but have quite a lot to say. A quote and a link for each:

The Case of the Vanishing White House Office, Next American City:

Would Obama appoint an accomplished big-city mayor like New York’s Mike Bloomberg? An influential policy wonk like Brookings’ Bruce Katz? What would this office do with regard to poverty, education, sprawl and transportation? When Obama picked Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr., there was general puzzlement at the seemingly random choice.

Where We Live, Greater Greater Washington:

Residential location of workers employed in the federal portion of the DC CBD. The map for the commercial portion of the CBD is nearly identical.

Residential location of workers employed in the federal portion of the DC CBD. The map for the commercial portion of the CBD is nearly identical.

Urban Planning as Consensual Illusion, The Transportationist:

William Gibson’s Neuromancer defines cyberspace as a “consensual illusion” obtained when a user “jacks into” the network. Plans for cities are also consensual illusions, a community agreed upon vision of how the city will look at some future date. Planners are but illusionists, creating and shaping a fantasy for a how city imagines itself, and through this consensus, harnessing the positive feedback processes of public and private investments aiming to achieve self-fulfilling prophesies. By promising networks, development will come; by promising demand, infrastructure will come.

New Mapping Vividly Illustrates The Effect of Transit on Auto Dependence, NRDC Switchboard

Lessons from the Left: When Radicals Rule–for Thirty Years, The New Geography:

So SMRR dominates political life in the city of Santa Monica, but it does so with the consent of many homeowners, property and business owners, as well as renters. Santa Monica is green, PC, insufferably “tolerant,” self-satisfied, etc., but still doing well for itself. Taxes, rules, regulations and restrictions are onerous, but people and businesses still want to be there.

And finally, some fun from Florida:

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  • Dario Hidalgo

    Very interesting collection of notes, with scary end for bikers and pedestrians…
    The Melbourne Map of auto dependency (or rail independence) can be nicely tied (conceptually) to the results of this study: The Broader Connection between Public Transportation, Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reduction http://www.apta.com/research/info/online/land_use.cfm
    which uses the National Household Travel Survey 2001 and Structural Ecuations Modeling to model the interrelationships between transit availability and car use. It is surprising to see the second order effects of transit on the VMT… probably the result of no need to use cars for the daily errands (not possible in areas without transit).
    One interesting aspect that the Melbourne study misses is that bus availability has effects, not just rail.
    Would the map be different if bus lines are drawn in Melbourne?