Trains, Tunnels, Festivals, Walking, Biking, Health, Place, Money…You Name It
Last Monday night the City Commission made known a preference to keep Traverse City’s train ride on the bayfront (REagle). That is their prerogative and I’m biting my tongue; moving forward with what it is.
I will note, landscape architect Lori Singleton articulated perfectly the challenges and opportunities for that entire space at last night’s meeting. Her presentation is worth a look.
The next stage has already begun. The consultants met alone with TC’s train ride expert, Dr. Don Frost, this past week and came up with new schemes that include the train ride. Refined plans will be presented this Monday for the steering committee–a consortium of staff members and 3 parks and recreation commissioners.
The meeting is open to all, like all of them have been: 11am • 2nd floor of the Gov. Center.
- Yes, the City was told that a proper tunnel would cost $2-3.5m (REagle) #JustSayin
- Public spaces that promote diversity & healthy communities guide (PPS) are in line with placemaking’s let 10,000 flowers bloom moment, Michigan as a model (The Line)
- Gov. Snyder includes active living/transportation in health & wellness spiel (MIGov) and an excellent way to increase walking is by investing in transit (Mail) which, just happens to be also good way for communities to whether economic storms (TreeHugger)
In terms of indicators like real estate values, places that have decent transit, those places are holding their value pretty well. The places that are utterly car-dependent have not recovered.” ~David Goldberg
- MyWHaT follows League of Michigan Bicyclists lead (LMB), endorses the new NACTO Bicycle Design Guidelines (NACTO) –>
- Any inner or real planners out there? Do these 5 things excite you? (Planitzen)
- Cities as environmental solutions get’s more press: count the ways (WSJ)
- Is your bicycle a status symbol? (UrbanCountry) and how that relates to the level of bicycling as a viable option (BikeRadar) #YesPeopleareVain
- RT brainpicker: “Good design is no more expensive than bad.”
- RT miabirk: So dang grateful to spend my days creating active communities where bicycling & walking are safe, normal, healthy & fun daily activities!
RT lutzfernandez: Can’t just focus on commuting stats w/ bikes; 3 of 4 car trips r to somewhere other than to work & bike trips can/do replace some of these.
- RT rory_neuner: Over 20,000 households in Detroit do not have a car or access to transit. Imagine waking up w no options to get to work.
RT WalkableDFW: Walkability not for sh!ts & giggles. It facilitates the exchange of goods/ideas, urban metabolism of density & proximity designed attractively
Have a weekend.
See you Tuesday?