Two tourists from Denmark spent five weeks travelling around Canada and, disappointed by the car-centric lifestyle, urban sprawl, lack of human-scale infrastructure and related obesity and unfulfilment, wrote an open letter to the powers that be
, lamenting this and urging them to take radical steps to make Canada healthy, happy and sustainable. [more inside]
"Eighty-seven percent of all trips are made by personal vehicle and 99 percent of those trips arrive at a free parking space
." But that free parking comes at a high cost
according to Donald Shoup's research
. He advocates for charging the right price
for on-street parking
and for removing off-street parking requirements
. Shoup's ideas are coming to the streets in San Francisco's new demand-responsive parking system
. Loyal Shoupistas
work to spread and implement his ideas.
What are the things that will help create more Nimble Cities? (This post is heavy with slate-related links.
) Slate asks readers to help make transportation in and between cities more efficient, safe, and pleasant. "While we're certainly not opposed to your most forward-looking proposals: Let's fire up Chicago's once sprawling pneumatic tube network
; let's not let those zeppelin masts go to waste!
--what we're most interested in are things in the here and now, things that are already making (or will soon be making) a difference in your city." Should cities install moving sidewalks?
How about eliminating parking spaces
or bicycle highways
? [more inside]
Newcomers, with the zeal of recent converts, are often the most vocal in resisting change to the neighborhood they have just discovered. An exploration of NIMBYism.
If not in your backyard, then whose? Probably a low-income minority group. Opposition to affordable housing
is often thinly-veiled racism
. How NIMBYism affects a seven-year old boy on LA's skid row. [more inside]
- the urban planning portal. (Check out the photo gallery.