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The Designers Behind Boston's Iconic Transit Visuals
“It connects with all the words associated with the service,” says Peter Chermayeff. “‘Transit,’ ‘transportation,’ ‘tunnel,’ ‘tube,’ et cetera. Stockholm had already done it— they had a black 'T' in a white circle for the Tunnelbana. It wasn’t necessary to be original, just to be right.”
Mbta  Boston  subway  article  design  CityLab  history 
3 days ago by NightOwlCity
What does living 'close' to transit really mean?
The question of how far people will walk to reach a transit stop has a pretty significant impact on the shape of cities. American urban planners conventionally draw that line at about a half-mile. Some guidelines pull it back to a quarter-mile, while others adjust the distance for bus stops (typically a quarter-mile) and train stations (typically a half-mile), but the consensus holds that no one makes it farther than half a mile on foot.
citylab  transport  urbanplanning  cityplanning  tod 
7 weeks ago by flother
Building Community in Booming Durham, North Carolina - CityLab
But building community, I’ve found, is not like building a house. Or, more accurately, it’s like building a house with a bunch of partners using different blueprints, while others are disassembling the foundation and yet others have confiscated some of the tools.
community  gentrification  housing  culture  profile  Durham  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
7 weeks ago by inspiral
When Neighborhood Diversity Meets White Anxiety
A bit of a tension between too many non-whites seeming threatening to some but needing to be in a diverse neighborhood to get past that.
psychology  citylab  racism  usa  via:aaronlmgoodwin 
8 weeks ago by UltraNurd
Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S. - CityLab
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.
transit  politics  opinion  article  citylab 
8 weeks ago by aeng
The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations - CityLab
The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.
railways  transportation  psychology  nudge  review  Japan  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
What It's Like To Be a City's Only Black Arbiter of Public Art - CityLab
It’s an interesting time to be an African-American city official with authority over whether racially controversial statues and monuments should remain standing.
citylab  pittsburgh  race  cities  kilololuckett 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes - CityLab
Skip or short-change any one of them and your city of bikes won’t work as well.
cycling  safety  design  urbandevelopment  advocacy  Amsterdam  Netherlands  CityLab  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral

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