Commons chatter: Social capital, equity, accessibility, and Detroit Bikes
Bits of news, perspective, and what-not from the wider or the local world.
- First, congratulations Grand Rapids with your new BRT! (MLUI)
- And, congratulations to Detroit Bikes for kicking up the production (Model D)…Anyone want to sponsor a MyWHaT acquisition of one of these bad boys? –> –>
- Reminder: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: “If vibrancy is people, and citizenship is creative, it follows that the more that citizens feel they are able to contribute to their public spaces, the more vibrant their communities will be.” (PPS).
- What’s the role for landscape architects in building social capital? (MetropolisMag) Hat tip, IDF.
As designers we need to learn how to design places, objects, and tools that foster civil society. We need to build resilience. I would call that a moral imperative.”
- The cost of car ownership continues to climb (AAA) and with sprawl’s staying power, we’re driving more than ever (Freep) which in itself is a huge equity concern (Dirt)
- Michigan: Time to raise transportation dollars (MLive)…how do we compare to other states? (T4America)…Transform4 Michigan asks: Who will step up for Michigan? (T4M)...and get us away from funding roads to funding transportation.
- But, how should we measure success of that spending? (StreetsBlog) Hint: Accessibility!
It thinks about not just how fast you can travel but how much you can reach.”
- And, again, there’s nothing alternative about self-powered transportation (T4M) and there’s nothing strange about green bike lanes (AA) as called out in Ann Arbor’s new non-motorized plan (AA.gov)
Tweet of the Week
Ask me sometime why I love Montreal….
A lesson on what is possible, and a chance to practice your French:
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