If Henry Ford were reincarnated as a bike maker, Le Corbusier as an architect of buildings and cities for bikes, and Robert Moses as their bike-loving ally in government, today’s bike plans would be far more ambitious in scope. Ford would be aiming to sell billions of bikes, Corb would be wanting to save the whole world, and, even if it took him a lifetime, Moses would be aiming to leave a permanent mark.
-- According to Steven Fleming, to make cities more biking friendly what's needed are architects who make the bike their guiding inspiration
, like Robert Moses was inspired by the car.
posted by MartinWisse
on Nov 18, 2013 -
In 1999, officials in Vienna, Austria, asked residents of the city's ninth district how often and why they used public transportation. "Most of the men filled out the questionnaire in less than five minutes," says Ursula Bauer, one of the city administrators tasked with carrying out the survey. "But the women couldn't stop writing.
posted by cthuljew
on Sep 21, 2013 -
Let’s say you’re a writer, working a novel set in Minneapolis. Your protagonist arrives home after a long day of doing whatever it is your protagonist does all day. To this point, you’ve been very specific with local landmarks and a general feeling of the city — your protagonist rides the 21A, eats breakfast at the Grand Cafe, and meets his or her attorney in an office on the 12th floor of the Rand Tower. All good so far. You’ve set the scene very effectively. People are going to say, “This is a great Minneapolis novel" after they read it. However, the time has now come for you to insert a specific street address into the text. You like specifics, and you need a real-sounding mailing address for, say, a situation where the protagonist receives a mysterious letter. How will you accomplish this? Here you have a problem. You only have two options, neither one very good
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posted by cthuljew
on Jul 31, 2013 -
Boom! A master planned community. Boom! A big-box mall! Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia.
This article, by New York Times columnist David Brooks, takes a look at exploding suburbs and exurban migration.
This migration is nothing new, author Joel Garreau wrote extensively about it in his 1991 book Edge Cities.
The phenomonon really took off after World War II, during the period of post war prosperity, and is best represented by this famous postwar American suburb.
A veritable army of "suburban sprawl critics" has emerged over the years including Jane Jacobs
and James Howard Knunstler
plus many others
including some who are predicting the immenent demise of suburbs
because of oil depletion.
For Brooks the critics of suburbs "just regurgitate the same critiques decade after decade, regardless of the suburban reality flowering around them" but you can't dismiss what the architect Paolo Soleri says about American society that
"we have a society that is moving very rapidly to the super-, super-, super-consumptive."
posted by thedailygrowl
on Apr 30, 2004 -
Creative, cheap, participatory, the most innovative city in the world......Curitiba !!
There may be no single, organic and living font of solutions
to many of the world's most pressing problems than Curitiba
(previous link from Wikipedia, and a bit more of a wonkish summary here
), a Brazilian city of 1.5 million that urban planners from around the globe make pilgrimages to, to learn.
On a budget a tiny fraction of those which American cities
have at their disposal, how did Curitiba become the world's leading model for urban sustainability and quality of life ? - with possibly the world's most efficient and effective public transit system
, a network of parks and greenery far beyond Olmsted's
visionary parks, 70% trash recycling, innovative social welfare systems, trees everywhere, and "Lighthouses of Knowledge" with small libraries and free internet access as well, a low cost open university system.....and flowers!
Curitiba's pedestrian-only (no cars) city center is filled with gardens.
posted by troutfishing
on Apr 13, 2004 -
The Baltimore Sun has a series of articles that explore the possible failure of Columbia, MD
to live up to expectations after 30 years.
posted by rorschach
on Dec 28, 2000 -
is where it's at. Unfortunately, despite how many people seem to be interested in it, there's very little documentation concerning the subject. The only books I can think of are Yesterday's Tomorrow (1984, MIT Press), Metropolis of Tomorrow by Hugo Ferriss and Impossible Worlds by Stephen Coates, and I don't know of any website on the subject.
posted by Kevs
on Nov 19, 2000 -