Can D.C. Learn from New York's Success?
New York was doing well even when we had a zeppelin-based economy. Photo by riptheskull.
There is something distinctive about living in New York; over eight million other people are doing it – Don Herold. Ed Glaeser has another of his very smart, well-informed, but entirely frustrating columns up, this time at Forbes. Glaeser is ...
Zazcar Breaks Ground in Latin America, Makes Sao Paulo the World’s 1000th Car-Sharing City
Zazcar Breaks Ground in Latin America, Makes Sao Paulo the World’s 1000th Car-Sharing City
Zazcar became the 1,000th city in the world to offer car-sharing services. Let’s commemorate this milestone with a holiday! Our good friends at World Streets today highlight a huge milestone for sustainable mobility: Sao Paulo (19.6 million metro population) became ...
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk Admits New Urbanism Needs to Focus More on Transportation
Seaside Florida: setting of the Truman Show and what the New Urbanism used to build. Flickr photo by Melanie M!
Another day, another set of notes from an interesting speech: this time Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, one of the founders of the New Urbanism, speaking on Retrofitting the Suburbs at the National Building Museum It was quite a good talk and I ...
The Post Wins Most Improved Player Award
White Flint Metro station. Flickr photo by M.V. Jantzen.
Without getting into the merits of the plan, I do want to commend the Post for writing an almost entirely pro-urbanist article about the White Flint plan. Greater Greater Washington wrote about how when two other Post writers wrote about ...
There Must Be a Catch, Right?
Imagine if SmartBike was paying you for your pedal power. Flickr photo by afagen.
Via Inhabitat, I see that Chiyu Chen, a student at the Royal College of Art, has designed what must be the most awesome bike-sharing technology ever. Using the same technology that the Prius has to recapture the bike’s kinetic energy ...
D.C. Wireless Hotspot Map
D.C. Wireless Hotspot Map
I just learned, via DCist, that the District offers a map of all the city-operated WiFi hotspots around town. Good for them. I can imagine this being extremely useful to people looking for a place to work for an hour ...
Bikes of Burden and the Effect of Wealth on Transportation Choices
Bikes of Burden and the Effect of Wealth on Transportation Choices
I want to add to my point earlier today about the need to differentiate between modal shifts that are happening as a result of the economy and modal shifts that are happening as a result of changing preferences. I think ...
Does the Recession Make Us Want To Share Or Just to Save?
Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu of The Washington Post.
It’s always exciting to see a colleague’s picture in the newspaper. Fellow EMBARQer Chris Ganson made it onto the Washington Post’s cover for riding SmartBike! Very cool. The article looked at how the recession has made us want to share ...
Living in a Symbolic City
Spooky Walmart picture by Flickr user Koonisutra.
This is one of the only times I’ve ever seen Walmart look like they’re going to lose a battle. Democratic Governor Tim Kaine and Republican Speaker William Howell have come together, along with both candidates in the 2009 governor’s race, ...
Learning to Love L'Enfant
Generally, I’m not such a fan of the L’Enfant plan for D.C. I’m from Boston originally, and always feel more at home on illogically winding streets than rationalist straight lines. I think that the L’Enfant plan also makes it easier ...