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How Hannah Beachler Built Black Panther's Wakanda - CityLab
“I felt that way because I never knew my history. I didn’t know my ancestry, I didn’t know how far back it went …That was truly the most important thing to me. I don’t have that, but I could give it here in this fantastical world.”
cities  movies  film  africa  design  transportation  aesthetics 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities - Missing the bus
In southern California, public transport is heavily used by poor immigrants, particularly immigrants from Mexico and Central America. But research by Michael Manville and others at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that this group are rushing onto the roads behind their own steering-wheels. Between 2000 and 2015 the proportion of Mexican immigrant households without a car fell from 16% to 5%.
transit  transportation  mobility  california  mexico  cars  immigration 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it) | Grist
The bicycle economy, unlike its fancier cousin transit-oriented development, is not about new development or raising property values. It's about bettering our existing communities. It's about making cities and suburbs that are built on an automotive scale navigable, instead, by human power. It's about providing the basics to everyone, in their neighborhood, now -- and along with that the choice to opt for that $3,000 to $12,000 yearly rebate.

There aren't very many economic scenarios in this country where everyone wins. But if you had to choose one single thing that could pull our neighborhoods, towns, and cities out of this murky pit of a recession, you'd do well to bet on the humble bicycle.
bicycling  transportation  transit  health  economy  diy 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Maximus Clarke talks with William Gibson about his “speculative novels of last Wednesday” : Maud Newton
The surprising thing about it — I almost said the insidious thing, but I’m trying to be anthropological — the surprising thing, to me, is that once we have our gramophone, or iPad, or locomotive, we become that which has the gramophone, the iPad, or the locomotive, and thereby, are instantly incapable of recognizing what just happened to us, as I believe we’re incapable of understanding what broadcast television, or the radio, or telephony did to us.
I strongly suspect that prior to those things we were something else. In that regard, our predecessors are in a sense unknowable. Imagine a world without recorded music: I always come to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to imagine that, because I have become that which lives with recorded music.
music  writing  technology  futurism  aesthetics  attention  identity  television  ipad  transportation  sciencefiction  novels  fiction 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Living by 580 « Airial's Blog
In the morning the sounds get more dense. The swooshing sound stops. The cars aren’t flowing, their jammed together trying to get into the city. Individual clunky engines and tires rolling slowly tug at my ear, as I too, should be waking. I find comfort in that as well. Rush hour congestion proves normalcy. Our urban centers are alive. People are going to work in the morning. In the evening it’s the sound of the whooshing that replaces the sound of gridlock, that again, is comforting. All is well, people are leaving. Night falls. Whoosh… Whoosh… Whoosh…
transportation  transit  cities  driving  cars  oakland  interstate580  traffic  eastbay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
TED: Future of Mobile With Henry Tirri, Head of Nokia Research [INTERVIEW]
The things people don’t usually think about with location-based systems are aggregate things like traffic information, and collective information about air pollution and other environmental data. In growth economies there’s a need for health-related and epidemic information collection. Mobile devices are key to monitoring things like this because they are globally prevalent and always where we are. They will enable us to aggregate data and get information that would otherwise be very difficult to get — I call these aggregate services.

The pollution example is a very good one. You can start to get real-time information about the environment — your exposure to pollution in LA for example. We did this in traffic already, so think about generalizing it to weather, pollution, and others. The platform allows people’s position combined with something measured, and that gives us a new world.
nokia  environment  social  traffic  transportation  weather  mobile  online  technology 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Imagine: L.A. bicyclists in the driver's seat, one day a week --
"It can be scary out there," admits cicLAvia's Adonia Lugo, a PhD anthropology candidate at UC Irvine studying bicycle culture in the Southland. "Los Angeles has a very strong bike culture, but I think the casual rider has the perception that this is a dangerous city for cycling."

"I think the best thing about a ciclovia is that it would give people a chance to try biking, without having to feel like they're risking their lives as soon as they leave the driveway," Lugo adds. "This would give people a safe space to travel around their neighborhoods without using a car."
losangeles  bicycling  transit  transportation  urban  cities  cars 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Toll taker collects random acts of kindness
When someone's toll gets paid by another driver they're shocked. Sometimes they'll pay for the car behind them, especially at Christmas time. One of the other collectors said this happened once, and it set off a chain of 18 people who paid the toll for the car behind them.
happiness  transit  sanfrancisco  work  altruism  cars  transportation 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
L.A. buses, rail synced to Google Maps in new partnership [Updated] | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times
“We have listened to our customers and have provided the Google transit planning resource they have requested,” MTA chief Art Leahy said in a statement. “As the third-largest transportation agency in the United States, it made perfect sense for us to join the Google phenomenon. We are extremely excited to now be a part of the most popular online mapping website in the world, and we have high hopes that a worldwide audience will now be able to more easily plan their Metro trips here in Los Angeles.”
transit  google  losangeles  california  technology  transportation  mobile  mapping 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Farber's Interesting People: Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge
High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera. The private companies that mail out the tickets often do not bother to verify whether vehicle registration information for the accused vehicle matches the photographed vehicle. [...]
law  crime  transportation  cars  business  maryland  photography  computers 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
John Kerry: The road bike warrior - How the World Works -
"Here are some excerpts from an account of a ride during the convention Kerry did with Jonathan Vaughters, the director of one of the two American teams to compete in this year's Tour de France, Garmin-Chipotle (named after the team's two sponsors)."
bicycling  kerry  democrats  transit  transportation  sports  politics  campaigns  elections  france 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A fearful India turns to video for security - The National Newspaper
"[...] This spring, [New Delhi] also installed cameras at 59 stops along its subway line. So far, concerns about privacy have been muted, likely because so much of the city remains outside of CCTV’s watchful eye – a far cry from London’s roughly 1,800 cameras, monitoring virtually every inch of public space. But there have been concerns about how surveillance footage will be used. The surveillance industry does not fall under any government legislation. [...]"
india  asian  transit  privacy  security  video  government  transportation  public 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Will Self: My simple plan to make London a real cycling city | News
"These three simple measures that would cost London's community charge payers nothing, enormously assist cyclists, and require absolutely no transport position papers."
bicycling  london  uk  transit  transportation 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Cruiser-Top Cameras Make Police Work a Snap
"It's a glimpse into the future. It won't take long before these things become pervasive, and the one thing we know about technology is it gets more advanced and cheaper as time goes on."
police  law  justice  cars  transportation  transit  technology  privacy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Gas prices thwart indie band tours -
"It does screw up a lot of bands on the West Coast, 'cause ... there are very few cities to play in under seven-hour stretches, which can be costly."
cars  rock  transportation  music  gas  travel 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
emily. - I'm about to give you the best tip ever.
Text yourself with your cab's number, just in case you lose something.
diy  cities  travel  howto  transit  transportation  behavior 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Spanning Time: Enduring and beautiful bridges trace city's rich history
"Looking past the embrace of kudzu and crumbling concrete, however, the pride of a growing city on its way up can still be read in the enduring grace of the bridges of Winston-Salem."
northcarolina  transportation  photography  mapping  geography  newspapers  story 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
6 Cars Built for $4 Gas - FlowChart (
"The top seller is almost always a pickup truck—either the Ford F Series or the Chevy Silverado—but with pickup sales tanking, the Civic edged them out."
cars  marketing  economics  transit  transportation 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Library Looks at Photography and the City - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog
“As New Yorkers, we’re so used to the subway car that we almost don’t pay attention to it. This project, in a way, points that out. also does so in a way that reminds people that it’s still one place you to go every day.”
photography  nyc  transit  transportation  public  aesthetics  art  library 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New Risk of Middle-Age: Dying on a Motorcycle - Well - Tara Parker-Pope - Health - New York Times Blog
"Motorcyclists account for about 2 percent of vehicles on the road but 10 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to federal statistics."
transportation  transit  travel  traffic  death  aging 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge - On a steel horse they ride
Sometimes I tell the day by the headline that I wrote. Sometimes when I'm alone, Bon Jovi lyrics I tote.
songwriting  contracostatimes  transportation 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
You Must Remember This - New York Times
"Over the next 12 years, some economists predict, more than 150 million Indians will buy cars. China, meanwhile, may have 140 million cars on its roads by 2020."
china  india  scooter  marketing  oil  urban  cities  transportation  cars  energy  globalization 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Laos, Chinese Motorcycles Change Lives - New York Times
"Mr. Gu said he could tell a Japanese brand, made in Thailand, just by listening [...] Some Thai-made Japanese motorcycles can go 10 years without an engine overhaul. Chinese bikes, he said, usually need major repairs within three to four years."
china  japan  marketing  scooter  oil  transportation  asia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A New Sensation in Iraq: Motor Scooters - New York Times
“The Japanese ones, they never have defects. But the Chinese ones, their electric wiring always goes.”
scooter  iraq  china  japan  transportation  cities  urban  oil  marketing  asia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
U.S. Tour Industry Focuses on Foreigners --
"It's a perception issue. It's very easy for the negative stories to get, No. 1, blown out of proportion and, No. 2, to spread far and wide."
immigration  travel  transportation  newyork  nyc  terror  terrorism  september11 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Long Ride Home - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog
Almost makes me wish I took the train, and does make me wonder about audiobooks on CD.
books  nytimes  transportation  travel 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Road to Clarity - New York Times
"That sense of possibility has always meant a lot to me. For some, a sign is just a utilitarian object. For others, it’s a symbol of connectivity."
design  aesthetics  travel  transportation  beauty  reading  minimalism  government  identity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Interchange near Bay Bridge collapses after tanker catches fire - Los Angeles Times
"Heat from the flames melted a second interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 located above the first interchange, causing a 250-yard section of the roadway to collapse onto the crash scene below, according to the CHP."
interstate580  interstate80  transit  transportation  bart 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Year Without Toilet Paper
“That’s the thing about this current wave of environmentalism. It’s not about, how do we protect some abstract pristine space? It’s what can real people do in their home or office or whatever."
environment  public  social  outdoors  cities  behavior  food  urban  transit  sustainable  transportation  relationships 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New York may ban iPods while crossing street | U.S. | Reuters
"I'm not trying to intrude on that. But what's happening is when they're tuning into their iPod or Blackberry or cell phone or video game, they're walking into speeding buses and moving automobiles. It's becoming a nationwide problem."
apple  mac  nyc  traffic  transportation  public  technology 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Spencer H. Kim - The Lessons In My Son's Death
"My son deserves a legacy worthy of that man. As a tribute to him, I am determined to follow his lead and do all I can to prevent another senseless tragedy."
death  sanfrancisco  oregon  travel  transportation  technology  politics 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge | 09/05/2006 | Bay Bridge's lower deck reopens
"'It opened, on time or earlier,' Land said. 'I told my [co-worker] 'Is it open? 'Cause if it's not, you have to stay [ at the office].'"
bayarea  sanfrancisco  alamedacounty  contracostatimes  chp  caltrans  traffic  transportation 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Drenching rain poses danger
On this version, Kelli Phillips led; Dogen Hannah, Sophia Kazmi, Eric Kurhi, Mike Taugher and the Associated Press followed and I got out of the way.
rain  weather  contracostatimes  bayarea  traffic  transit  transportation  chp  caltrans  concord 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Rain causes flood of problems
On this version, Kelli Phillips led, Mike Taugher and the Associated Press followed and I got out of the way.
rain  weather  contracostatimes  bayarea  traffic  transit  transportation  chp  caltrans  concord 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Minor BART delay from S.F. to SFO
"At 8:25 a.m., a westbound train was taken out of service at San Francisco's Powell Street station, a BART dispatcher said. As a result, trains traveling from downtown San Francisco toward San Francisco International Airport were seeing 10-minute delays."
bart  sanfrancisco  transportation  transit  sfo  airport  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Caltrans fixing flooded Hwy. 84
"The lanes, just north of the road's intersection with Vallecitos Atomic Laboratory Road and just before Pigeon Pass, were first reported flooded at 5:53 a.m., a CHP officer said."
highway84  alamedacounty  transit  transportation  caltrans  chp  rain  weather  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: No discounts for delayed BART patrons
"Our immediate focus is on providing reliable service. We have four people looking through hundreds of e-mails sent to us."
bart  transportation  bayarea  traffic  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Wet afternoon commute ahead
"It'll be fine for this morning. I would expect the afternoon evening commute to have roads wet, but not any big flooding thing."
weather  eastbay  bayarea  traffic  transportation 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Oakland airport road, S.F. on-ramp close
Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes until then.
sanfrancisco  contracosta  transportation  airport  oakland  traffic 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: BART crews pursue I-680/24 graffiti
"'It's a breach of security because it's our property,' Olsen said. 'It's just a bare hillside, so it must be someone jumping over the fence and doing what they're doing.'"
graffiti  bart  walnutcreek  crime  gangs  transportation  police 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Bird Plus Plane Equals Snarge
"The other day we had a bird strike. We sent the sample to the DNA lab and it came back as rabbit. How do you explain to the FAA that we had a rabbit strike at 1,800 feet?"
science  animals  transportation  travel  flight 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: What's in A Name? Ask This Traveler
"The world is a place of nuance, flux, hardship and complexity: We all live together in it. The real safety will come from learning how to live together better, not from trying to push others out."
academia  travel  writing  911  transportation  ethnicity  race  palestine  civilliberties  identity 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: One Millionaire's Strange Cry: Tickets, Please!
"I once read somewhere that there are three jobs people would do for love and not money. The first is a writer, the second is a circus performer, and the third is a railroad conductor."
transportation  usa  infrastructure 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Paint me a river
New insight into the refrain of the Clash's "London Calling," if you think about it
water  river  ports  london  cities  transportation 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
BosGlobe: Secrets of the Vespa Sisterhood
"They are women with European taste. They are attracted to the design and the freedom the Vespa represents. Freedom of traffic, of parking, of gas prices."
aesthetics  transportation  women 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Guess who's really in the driver's seat?
"Never had an advertiser so brilliantly captured my state of mind at precisely the moment I was experiencing it." So glad I have no TV!
corporations  marketing  transportation 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: No-Rush California
A. used to ask about this; we'd better do it while we still can
california  losangeles  oakland  trains  transportation 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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