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The Problem With Cul-de-Sac Design - CityLab
“A lot of people feel that they want to live in a cul-de-sac, they feel like it’s a safer place to be,” Marshall says. “The reality is yes, you’re safer – if you never leave your cul-de-sac. But if you actually move around town like a normal person, your town as a whole is much more dangerous.”

This is the opposite of what traffic engineers (and home buyers) have thought for decades. And it’s just the beginning of what we’re now starting to understand about the relative advantages of going back to the way we designed communities a century ago.

Marshall and Garrick took the same group of California cities and also examined all their minutely classified street networks for the amount of driving associated with them. On average, they found, people who live in more sparse, tree-like communities drive about 18 percent more than people who live in dense grids. And that’s a conservative calculation.


(via Tony Finch)
cul-de-sacs  cities  city  design  layout  simcity  grids  safety 
september 2016 by jm
Dublin is a medium-density city
Comparable to Copenhagen or Amsterdam, albeit without sufficient cycling/public-transport infrastructural investment
infrastructure  density  housing  dublin  ireland  cities  travel  commuting  cycling 
november 2015 by jm
The old suburban office park is the new American ghost town - The Washington Post
Most analyses of the market indicate that office parks simply aren’t as appealing or profitable as they were in the 20th century and that Americans just aren’t as keen to cloister themselves in workspaces that are reachable only by car.
cbd  cities  work  life  office-parks  commuting  america  history  workplaces 
july 2015 by jm
Why Canada should de-activate Uber
The Uber controversy is not just—or even mainly—a technology story, it’s fundamentally a deregulation story; the story of a uniquely American fundamentalist free-market worldview being sold to us in the name of “car-sharing” and innovation.
uber  free-market  libertarian  taxis  regulation  canada  cities 
november 2014 by jm
Two Maps One Scale
Great map-comparison tool from Jef Poskanzer
jef-poskanzer  mapping  maps  comparison  visualization  geo  world  cities 
july 2014 by jm
Forensic Topology
The sounds were not, however, caused by ghosts but by a group of three or four men at least to some degree professionally trained, the FBI now believes, in tunneling: a close-knit and highly disciplined team, perhaps from the construction industry, perhaps even a disgruntled public works crew who decided to put their knowledge of the city’s underside to more lucrative work. After all, Rehder explained, their route into the bank was as much brute-force excavation as it was a retracing of the region’s buried waterways, accessing the neighborhood by way of the city’s complicated storm-sewer network, itself built along old creek beds that no longer appear on city maps. As LAPD lieutenant Doug Collisson, one of the men present on the day of the tunnel’s discovery, explained to the Los Angeles Times back in 1987, the crew behind the burglary “would have had to require some knowledge of soil composition and technical engineering. … The way the shaft itself was constructed, it was obviously well-researched and extremely sophisticated.” Rehder actually goes further, remarking that when Detective Dennis Pagenkopp “showed crime scene photos of the core bit holes” produced by the burglars’ boring upward into the vault “to guys who were in the concrete-coring business, they whistled with professional admiration.”
cities  crime  architecture  digging  tunnels  subterranean  la  lapd  banks  via:bldgblog  sewers 
october 2013 by jm
Thoughts on Granby Park, the recent pop-up park off Parnell St
We mentioned above that pop-up spaces have become popular across Europe because they allow developers and city councils to harness urban creativity in order to drive up real estate prices without ceding control of a given site. Those who produce the space through hard work, collaboration and passion move on, making way for property development and speculation. The international research in this area is very clear on this point and it has been documented in places from Lower-East Side Manhattan to Berlin’s Kreuzberg. Most perversely, increased property prices make it even more difficult for creativity to flourish in a given area and end up driving out long-term working class communities, migrants and young people.

But what can we do? If every attempt we make to make our city a better place simply ends up being captured in the calculations of real estate players, surely the situation is hopeless? Is it better, then, to do nothing? We don’t think it is better to do nothing and, like Upstart, we still believe we can find a way together through experimentation and collaboration. However, this means questioning, reflecting on and publicly discussing the relationship between our efforts to make a city more after our hearts desire and the process of gentrification. As noted above, this is especially the case with pop-up spaces given their temporary nature. It is really necessary that we think about how to make sure our activities don’t contribute to gentrification in the long term, but instead benefit the city as a whole. We certainly don’t have the solutions, but if we sweep these awkward questions under the carpet we risk contributing to the very forces we want to challenge and alienating those who will perceive us as the ‘front-line’ of gentrification.
gentrification  pop-up  parks  dublin  ireland  cities  upstart  spaces  urban-planning 
september 2013 by jm
Atelier olschinsky - "Cities III 05"
Fine Art Print on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Bright White, 310g: 40x50cm up to 70x100cm. Some great art based on decayed urban landscape shots, from a Vienna-based design studio. See also http://english.mashkulture.net/2011/10/17/atelier-olschinsky-cities-iii/ , http://www.mascontext.com/tag/atelier-olschinsky/
olschinsky  cities  urban  decay  landscape  art  prints  want 
june 2013 by jm
Cities 05
from Atelier Olschinsky. 'Fine Art Print on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Bright White 310g; Limited Edition / Numbered and signed by the artist'
art  graphics  cities  prints  want  via:bdif 
june 2013 by jm
Lonely Planet offers free iPhone guides to stranded travelers
free (excellent) city guide apps for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Vienna until April 22nd; normally $10-$15!
lonely-planet  free  iphone  apps  travel  europe  cities  from delicious
april 2010 by jm

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