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Peak car - Wikipedia
Economic hypothesis showing widespread fall in car ownership plus increased miles/kms driven
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2 days ago by csrollyson
Quote by Italo Calvino: “The inferno of the living is not something that...” | Goodreads
“The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”
quotation  urbanism  culture 
7 days ago by mike
Your Political Mental Map | The American Conservative
The paradox here, as I wrote about in my book The Little Way Of Ruthie Leming, is that the same tight communal bonds that made small-town life very hard for outsiders and marginalized people like me were what made things so beautiful and loving for my late sister as she suffered from cancer. That is, the things that held me down when I was a teenager living there were not all that different from the things that held her up when she was terminally ill. I don’t know what to do with that. Still don’t.
small-towns  ruralism  rod-dreher  urbanism  community 
10 days ago by chriskrycho
The Bus Is Still Best
“In almost every public meeting I attend, citizens complain about seeing buses with empty seats, lecturing me about how smaller vehicles would be less wasteful. But that’s not the case. Because the cost is in the driver, a wise transit agency runs the largest bus it will ever need during the course of a shift. In an outer suburb, that empty big bus makes perfect sense if it will be mobbed by schoolchildren or commuters twice a day.”

“How many people’s doors can a driver get to in an hour, including the minute or two that the customer spends grabbing their things and boarding? The intuitively obvious answer is the right one: not very many. An Eno Foundation report promoting microtransit could not cite a case study doing better than four boardings an hour of service. John Urgo, the planner of demand-responsive service for AC Transit in Oakland, California, has said that seven boardings an hour is “the best we hope to achieve.” Few fixed-route buses perform that poorly. Across sprawling Silicon Valley, for example, fixed-route buses carried 12 to 45 people an hour in 2015. In a dense city such as Philadelphia, the number can exceed 80”

“In my work as a transit planner, I try to help transit boards think clearly about what balance they want to strike between ridership goals (putting service where lots of people will ride) and coverage goals (providing a little service to everyone). Many citizens demand coverage service and complain if it is removed, but the more coverage service is offered, the less ridership a municipality can expect under a fixed budget. Finding the right balance is a painful process of balancing competing demands, which is the job of elected officials or the board members they appoint.”

“So what technologies make sense in public transit? Efficient transit networks are made of many technologies, each the right one for its own situation. Rail is for high-capacity markets, where you need to move hundreds of people per vehicle. Ferries and aerial gondolas overcome certain obstacles. But everywhere else, the bus is the thing that’s easiest to make abundant. Because labor is the main limit on their quantity, they can be much more abundant after full automation.”
urbanism  transport 
11 days ago by mike
The photographers shaping the way we see modern civilisation
review of Civilization: The Way We Live Now, Ewing and Roussell
Lots of sample photos
photography  urbanism  architecture  books  reviews 
13 days ago by pierredv
Civilization - William A Ewing, Holly Roussell
"Our fast-changing world seen through the lenses of 140 leading contemporary photographers around the globe"

"We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed – or so it seems to the collective psyche. Perpetually evolving, morphing, building and demolishing, rethinking, reframing and reshaping the world around and ahead – and the people within it – an emerging, planetary-wide Civilization is our grand, global, collective endeavour. Never before in human history have so many people been so interconnected, and so interdependent."
books  architecture  urbanism  photography  design 
13 days ago by pierredv
RIBA Publishes 'The Ten Primary Characteristics of Places Where People Want to Live' | ArchDaily
The RIBA's ‘Ten Characteristics of Places Where People Want to Live’ combines a series of case studies that illustrate components of contemporary community housing design. This study was completed to identify and analyze specific, successful elements of past projects that can be easily incorporated into future projects not only in England but also internationally.
urbanism 
19 days ago by martantt
Ateneum | Urban Encounters
How did urbanisation influence the Finnish way of life – and how did this show in visual art? How did everyday life change when people had more free time and gender roles were liberated? Urban Encounters tells a fascinating story about 20th-century Finland. The exhibition of approximately 300 works features many rarely shown pieces from the Finnish National Gallery collection.
art  museums  finland  exhibitions  urban  encounters  urbanism  20thCentury  helsinki  2018 
21 days ago by navegador
Rents Rise Faster for Midtier Apartments Than Luxury Ones - WSJ
The difference in costs between installing granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances is so slight compared to buying land and installing elevators that economists say developing a luxury apartment and a midtier one comes out roughly the same. Historically, developers could save some money by building low-rise buildings in suburban locations, but even those are becoming increasingly difficult to build as even suburban officials push developers to develop midrise buildings in central locations and reduce sprawl.
housing  housing-bubble  rent-control  urbanism 
21 days ago by perich
How to make cities more walkable - Vox
People spend more money when cities are less vehicle-oriented.
cities  urbanism  economics  design  urbanplanning 
23 days ago by jorgebarba

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