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discussing contested streets, #JaneJacobs and more with planning students @VCU

October 2, 2012

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A friend teaches “Introduction to the City and Urban Development” at VCU. The bad news is that he’ll be out of town for the next class that focuses on city transportation. The good news is that I get to substitute for him. We’re going to watch and discuss Contested Streets, an excellent documentary freely available online. […]

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.

the planner’s great anti-planner

February 18, 2012

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The City Builder Book Club is reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. 50 years after its original publication, planners still have much to learn about meddling. So many of the challenges we’re trying to overcome in cities and suburbs originated from professionals fighting against a free market for the […]

redefine your street capacity

February 11, 2012

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“Street capacity” is usually defined as the amount of moving vehicles that can be pumped through in a given period of time. Here’s another definition for street capacity: the performance of a street; a measurement of a street’s ability to maximize economic development and livability consistent with its context. In other words, what is a […]

sustainable street network principles

January 26, 2012

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Download the ‘Sustainable Street Network Principles‘, a new document from CNU’s (@NewUrbanism) Project for Transportation Reform. Many engineers won’t be able to sit still after the preamble. (If they make it past the preamble.) Here’s a taste: We assert that current transportation engineering addresses only limited individual components of the region’s street network. This results […]