Fighting Traffic, Fighting Bike Lanes, Fighting Dictators-Oh, The Fireworks (The Weekly Chatter)
There has been a lot of chatter this week about bygone days and the modern debate about our cities. Much around several reviews of Fighting Traffic — The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City.
Do you remember the days when we were “outraged by new restrictions imposed on pedestrians” (StreetsBlog) because of the car? Yeah, me neither, however, around 100 year’s ago the backlash against the car (Copenhagenize) was comparable to the effort today being thrown at bike lanes and people centered development.
Once dominance is achieved (socially/culturally/psychologically), it’s hard to give it up. Soon the myth of the car as savior will be busted (The City Fix) and we will realize we’re not as free as we think (Grist) when we are behind a wheel.
Still want more? Here you go.
- Avoid Analysis Paralysis by using logic (parking as case study)
- Anytown, U.S.A.’s budget woes (The Daily Show’s take).
- Road Diet’s are Considered First in Lansing, here’s 1-more (fun comments).
- Place-making shorthand: A + T + P = M
- RT (@stevemouzon): people mistakenly see current urbanism as a condition to be endured, not a problem to be solved Hank Dittmar, #SeasideAt30
- RT (STLTransit): Car almost hits me in crosswalk, w/ walk signal. Dude hits horn. Passenger seat rolls down window, says “I’m so sorry. My son is an idiot.“
- RT (@rocksterling): Hello America! Did you see that fire truck run over that dude in #Egypt? Me either. But I did preorder my #Verizon #iPhone4.
Happy Lunar New Year! This is how the neighborhood celebrates in China.
Have a weekend!