New Report: Smart Growth Necessary for CO2 Reduction
New Report: Smart Growth Necessary for CO2 Reduction
It’s always good to have your argument laid out for you in a well-designed policy paper. The Center for Clean Air Policy’s new report, “Cost-Effective GHG Reductions through Smart Growth and Improved Transportation Choices,” does just that. It lays out ...
Does This Actually Honor Jane Jacobs?
Jane Jacobs. Photo via
The New York Times‘s City Room blog is reporting that Jane Jacobs’ block of Hudson Street, that most iconic block of the sidewalk ballet and the White Horse tavern and so many more phrases and characters iconic to anyone who ...
Community Building is Worth the Cost
'm excited for Screen on the Green! Photo by voteprime.
The Post has a story today about how local governments are trying to decide whether in a time of budget crisis they ought to keep the kinds of small programs that build “quality of life.” When Fairfax County cuts a ...
Friday Fun
The game of Sporcle.
Sporcle! The website where you guess at long lists of trivia. I promise, it’s more fun than it sounds. I got 28/40 on the list of Popular Science’s greenest cities and 33/40 on the most populous US cities in 1800, ...
It's Business Time
The Downtown BID isn't just good for creating WALL-E looking street sweepers. They're also the business communities chief advocates for urbanism. Photo by Mr. T in DC.
I wrote a couple of days ago about the need for smart growth advocates and urbanists to get smarter about playing the inside game. We’re winning the messaging but then losing behind closed doors, I argued. So I was particularly ...
NYT on BRT: Great to See, A Bit Disappointing to Read
NYT on BRT: Great to See, A Bit Disappointing to Read
For a BRT advocate, it was really exciting to wake up this morning to a front-page, above-the-fold article in the New York Times, with Transmilenio as the central picture. Reading Elisabeth Rosenthal’s article, though, I must say that there were ...
Known Unknowns and Predicting the Urban Future
Known Unknowns and Predicting the Urban Future
BeyondDC has an absolutely fantastic post up about what he expects the D.C. area to look like in 2040. On any given point, I think it’s hard to disagree (except maybe that they’ll close National Airport—businesses outside the Northeast would ...
Make No Small Plans: Pedal Power Edition
Make No Small Plans: Pedal Power Edition
Two videos to start off your week. Each is an idea for adapting “pedal power” to high speeds. Here’s the first, the E-Rockit. It’s an electric bike that can go up to 80 kmph (around 50 mph). The pedals control ...
NYT on BRT: Great to See, A Bit Disappointing to Read
Transmilenio. Photo by sicoactiva.
For a BRT advocate, it was really exciting to wake up this morning to a front-page, above-the-fold article in the New York Times, with Transmilenio as the central picture. Reading Elisabeth Rosenthal’s article, though, I must say that there were ...
Credit Where Credit Is Due
One of those useful blue signs. Photo by dsrc.
D.C., like Manhattan, is a place that’s remarkably easy to navigate. The streets are straight. They are numbered, or in alphabetical order. There are a few avenues and circles and what not but it’s easy to find your way around ...