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Report an Issue Online | Dublin City Council
handy self-service issue report portal, more direct possibly than FixMyStreet.ie
dcc  dublin  city  council  reporting  civic  traffic-lights  roads  paths 
9 weeks ago by jm
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
Designing the Perfect Anti-Object
This pale, amorphous lump of sculpted concrete is designed to resist almost everything in a city that it might come into contact with. Named for the London authority that commissioned it, the Camden Bench has a special coating which makes it impervious to graffiti and vandalism. The squat, featureless surface gives drug dealers nowhere to hide their secret caches. The angled sides repel skateboarders and flyposters, litter and rain. The cambered top throws off rough sleepers. In fact, it is specially crafted to make sure that it is not used as anything except a bench. This makes it a strange artifact, defined far more by what it is not than what it is. The Camden Bench is a concerted effort to create a non-object.
non-objects  objects  city  camden  benches  vandalism  skating  london 
july 2016 by jm
Fund it :: Upstart Granby Park
help fund Granby Park, a pop-up park to replace a vacant site on the corner of Dominick St and Parnell St in Dublin 1: http://upstart.ie/
fund-it  granby-park  dublin  d1  parks  pop-up  city  funding  grassroots 
july 2013 by jm
Where are the free WiFi spots in Dublin City Centre?
hooray, free wifi! beautiful Invader-style pixel-art mosaics to highlight them, too. nice one Joe
wifi  free  dublin  ireland  city  public 
january 2013 by jm
Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit
This is brilliant. I find it pretty offensive that "ornamental" fruit trees are chosen by urban councils, so that fruit doesn't fall on the path and become slippery or whatever -- come on, that's just what trees do! 'They’re covertly grafting — a practice of connecting two branches in a way that will allow their vascular tissues to join together -- fruit tree limbs onto the trunks of ornamental cherry, plum, and pear trees.'
public  roads  trees  nature  city  urban  fruit  guerrilla  grafting 
april 2012 by jm
La Vie Velominatus: Urban Riding
good tips on riding in a city; I use all of these, every day, and they're entirely correct. The comments have some good ideas, too
cycling  safety  tips  city  urban  commuting 
july 2011 by jm
City of Portland develops iPhone app to report city infrastructure problems
ie. take a pic of a pothole and it'll be reported up to the appropriate office quickly and without hassle. wow. are you watching, Dublin?
portland  cool  iphone  apps  potholes  infrastructure  city  from delicious
april 2010 by jm

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