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I’m a libertarian urbanist, and I care about…

October 28, 2012

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Election season is upon us so it’s time to transcribe some stereotypical partisan voices in my head. I’m a Libertarian urbanist and I care about job creation, that national debt, the role of government, and energy and the environment. JOB CREATION My friends and I started an online marketing business and then published a book […]

I’m a republican urbanist, and I care about…

October 27, 2012

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Election season is upon us so it’s time to transcribe some stereotypical partisan voices in my head. I’m a Republican urbanist and I care about job creation, that national debt, the role of government, and energy and the environment. JOB CREATION Government shouldn’t grow to create more jobs. I want to see more Americans working […]

I’m a democrat urbanist, and I care about…

October 26, 2012

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Election season is upon us so it’s time to transcribe some stereotypical partisan voices in my head. I’m a Democrat urbanist and I care about job creation, that national debt, the role of government, and energy and the environment. JOB CREATION I don’t mind if jobs are created by the expansion of government agencies. I want to see […]

3 reasons to explore road privatization

October 25, 2012

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Americans are bombarded with rhetoric about the country’s failing transportation infrastructure. We hear horror stories about crumbling bridges, eroded pavement on highways, and a lack of sidewalks connecting communities. Peel away the partisan talking points and there is a common thread among most lobbying efforts: Government will own and operate some or all of the […]

the sad, sorry state of roads

October 4, 2012

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HT @ASCETweets The topic isn’t new. “Sad, sorry state of roads” will almost guarantee an acknowledgment by American Society of Engineers and other road building advocacy groups. I wish this particular article had a user-friendly comments section, because I think the reader debate would be quite lively. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2012/1002/The-sad-sorry-state-of-US-roads What I like is Richard Read’s parting […]

When design manuals trump engineering judgment

October 2, 2012

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I recently drove past this example of conforming to road design manuals. Who needs common sense and engineering judgment when these manuals have all the answers?!

a failure to meet federal standards

August 27, 2012

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From the Federal Highway Administration… A livable community is one in which people have multiple, convenient transportation and housing options as well as destinations easily accessible to people traveling in and out of cars. They also give this quick history… Livability builds off existing resources, policies, and programs: Context Sensitive Solutions Scenario Planning Planning and […]

West Palm Walkability

June 3, 2012

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The streets of West Palm Beach, FL took a beating recently. Physically, by hundreds of urbanists walking around during CNU20 and verbally, by many of the same urbanists reacting to what they encountered. The conversation is still going strong. The picture below is not unique to West Palm Beach. Despite the high volume of foot […]

forget how you move! what moves you?

May 14, 2012

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Here is my first experiment with Prezi. What better place to roll out a new presentation tool than the 20th anniversary of the Congress for New Urbanism? For more on CNU20, visit here and here. Special thanks to Eliza Harris for making the Innovation Track at CNU20 possible.

flexible design is still not mainstream

April 28, 2012

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Thanks in part to FHWA releasing this document, roadway design flexibility has become a popular catch phrase in professional transportation circles. The basic idea is that engineers are smart people who should use good judgment and common sense when designing streets and highways. At the philosophical level, the message has successfully spread. At the practical level, not so […]