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"So how do you make the intertwined costs and tradeoffs of housing and transportation more obvious? The Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago has been trying to do this for several years with its Housing + Transportation Affordability Index. And, as we’ve previously mentioned, the federal government has been paying attention.
Federal government, local data.
Get Your City Walking With DIY Wayfinding
Urban designer Matt Tomasulo has launched Walk [Your City], a website that enables users to generate custom street signs in order to improve walkability of their neighborhood. Main objectives of the platform are building a local sense of community and helping citizens becoming more engaged.
Another important reason for Tomasulo to build Walk [Your City] is to stimulate people to exercise more, for instance by taking a simple walk. “In 1960, 1:4 citizens took one useful, 10-minute walk each day. Now that number is 1:10”, he explains. The website is built around a handy tool that allows everyone to create custom street signs based on walkability. Users draw a route between two points and the tool automatically calculates the walk or cycle minutes from A to B, as well as generates a good-looking sign. A QR code in the bottom corner links to a mobile website that displays the entire walking route.
Users can order their custom-made signs, which is rather expensive. One sign costs you $25 including shipping — that’s not cheap if you take into account the chance that your beautiful sign will be removed after a short while by some enthusiast policeman. Nevertheless, Walk [Your City] could turn out a great way for people to guide others to great places, such as a new bar, a street intervention or an event that would be hard to find otherwise.
The platform once started as a guerrilla project in Raleigh comprising of 27 street signs in three zones of the city. The signs caught the eye of city officials who considered making them permanent. However, they didn’t like the design of the signs. A year later, the City of Raleigh officially adopted the program and incorporated it into its city-marketing. With the launch of the Walk [Your City] website, Tomasulo gives the rest of the world the opportunity to add a user-generated layer of wayfinding to cities.
Aaron Schumacher submitted this data visualization of daily entrances into the MTA subway system. According to Aaron:
"Start with open data, then some processing, and eventually you can make a picture like this. You can also check out the interactive version, where you can see the date and number of entrances for about three years worth of subway traffic. You can clearly see traffic changes around major holidays, and especially the effects around hurricanes Irene and Sandy.”
Very interesting project, and clearly illuminates the diversity within and across the States. This is a big part of why I argue states are obsolete government institutions in the 21st century, and more powers should be devolved to regional bodies. Far greater than the cultural and political differences between any two states is the difference between the urban centers and the rural counties. Most states governments exhibit a political and economic rural bias, which only further fuels animosity between these cultural enclaves. In many states, especially those in the Midwest, the rural bias in state governments (and a disregard for urban issues) is holding back progressive action and rehabilitation in their major cities.
County lines, however, can also be arbitrary. According to this map, I currently reside in the “African American South”. While the City of St. Louis undoubtedly shares cultural ties to the South, it has just in much in common with smaller east cost cities like Philadelphia or Baltimore, rust belt cities like Pittsburgh or Detroit, and a clear socio-economic relationship with Chicago. The City is a bit of an oddity at only 62 square miles comprising both the municipality and county. Were the suburbs (St. Louis County) merged with the City as a single county unit as is the case in most US cities, it would undoubtedly be culturally classified as a “Big City”, with 1.3 million people.
Investors in the Northeast Maglev (TNEM), an American company with funding from a Japanese government bank, say that a superconducting magnetic levitation train is the future of transportation between Washington, D.C. and New York City. If successful, the Northeast Maglev would carry passengers one way in 60 minutes, and from Baltimore to D.C. in 15 minutes. (Magnets! How do they work?)
It’s not unreasonable to expect the majority of shopping in 15-20 years to be done online. With entire districts zoned and built around commercial activity, how will we repurpose the city?
lets be honest with ourselves when we say there is no vehicle more pleasant than this one
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If anyone is under the impression that young adults’ preference for urban, multimodal living is a passing fad, they need to think again.
Check out these great infographics detailing everything Citi Bike NYC. Since the bike share launched in May 2013, cyclists have traveled a total distance of 6,840,606 miles or 275 trips around the world!
Get Citi Bike Data: http://citibikenyc.com/system-data
A year ago I was stranded in a post-apocalyptic New York City trying to get a flight back to Copenhagen amidst hurricane Sandy.
Yesterday Denmark experienced a storm with hurricane-force winds at record-breaking peak velocities. At least one person was killed. It’s been called the worst storm the country has seen in at least 50 years.
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