Friday, May 21st, 2010
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Also, I was recently a guest on the Explore Cincinnati podcast, along with Randy Simes of Urban Cincy. So click over to listen to us talking about a variety of urban issues, not all Cincinnati related.
The Atlantic is doing is special project this month called The Future of the City. There’s a huge amount of great stuff there, ranging from an interview with Andres Duany that’s already stirring up trouble, to an archived piece by Robert Moses from 1962. This is a must to check out.
1. Lee Hsien Loong: Singapore and Human Capital – Mr. Lee is the Prime Minister of Singapore. This is the text of his remarks at the Singapore Human Capital Summit (via Brewed Fresh Daily).
2. John Podhoretz: New York Then and Now. This article in the conservative Jewish magazine Commentary tells an incredible tale of what it was like to grow up on the Upper West Side during its 70’s nadir. If you want to know how far New York has come, read this article.
4. Richard Longworth: Brookings and the Midwest
5. City Mayors: Top Level City Domains – Apparently the new TLD system will enable city specific top level domains (e.g., “.paris”, “.nyc”, etc). This article explores the potential of that.
Best States for Business
Chief Executive magazine released their 2010 list of the best and worst states for business. Here’s how Midwest states stacked up:
- #16 – Indiana
- #17 – Iowa
- #26 – Missouri
- #31 – Minnesota
- #42 – Wisconsin
- #44 – Ohio
- #46 – Illinois
- #49 – Michigan
Naturally Texas was #1 and California was last. Illinois has fallen 29 places in the last five years.
The Institute for Legal Reform – obviously an advocacy group, so caveat emptor – published their 2010 Lawsuit Climate rankings for states. Here is how Midwest states stacked up:
- #4 – Indiana
- #5 – Iowa
- #11 – Minnesota
- #22 – Wisconsin
- #29 – Ohio
- #30 – Michigan
- #45 – Illinois
Chicago/Cook County, Illinois was cited as the worst jurisdiction in the country, even worse than infamous Madison County, IL (only fifth worst).
World and National Roundup
Dan Steinbock: Shanghai: The Rise of the Global City
Ahmad Rafay Alam: Tea, Anyone? – A discussion of the impact of urban form on the cultural and intellectual life of Lahore.
George Monbiot: The case for UK high speed rail has not been made
Marketing Interactive: Can Singapore Brand Itself As a Nation?
Chicago Tribune: Battery company recharges debate about US manufacturing
Harry Moroz: Stop the War on Our Cities
Joel Kotkin: Immigration is U.S.
Dome Magazine: Brain Gain: Immigration key to future prosperity
Ed Glaeser: Taller Buildings, Cheaper Homes
The Economist: In Praise of Boise
New London Doubledecker Buses
London has unveiled a new design for its iconic red double deck Routemaster buses. It’s a pretty sleek design on the whole I think:
DIY Bike Signage
I mentioned before guerrilla bus shelters, now GOOD Magazine tells us about guerrilla bike signage. Fed up with a lack of progress in making roads safer for bikes, some folks are taking matters into their own hands.
Bike Advocacy in London
Broken Sidewalk points us at a nice 40 second bike advocacy video from Transport for London. (If the video doesn’t display, click here).
If you click over to the original BS post, he contrasts this with a Chrysler minivan ad using the same music.
Indianapolis and Columbus – Similar Surfaces, Opposite Cores (Urban Out) – Greg Meckstroth compares the two cities in a compelling analysis.
A Brand for High Speed Rail in the Midwest (Urban Milwaukee)
Terry Schwarz on Shrinking Cities (Flint Expatriates)
What Color Ohio’s Economy? (Columbus Dispatch)
In Cleveland, Sports Fans Cheer Until It Hurts (NYT)
Detroit to demolish 10,000 abandoned properties (WSJ) – Includes Mitt Romney’s boyhood home.
Ten tips for downsizing Detroit (Free Press)
Detroit leads the way in urban farming (CS Monitor)
Can Detroit Learn From the Rebirth of Grand Rapids? (CNN/Fortune)
I-70 Shortcut Getting an Obstacle – INDOT is spending $450 million to make it harder to get downtown from the West Side by eliminating the preferred freeway route. I am not aware of another case in US history where a flyover ramp at a freeway-freeway interchange was replaced with a stoplight. It’s a truly stunning step backwards. It also shows that scope reductions, not efficiencies were the likely source of this project coming in under budget. Somebody was asleep at the switch bigtime on this.
Monument Circle and the Legacy of East Liberty (A Place of Sense)
State line status brings cooperation and competition (KC Star)
Sewer upgrade approved (KC Star) – Kansas City next up to spend billions
They Tore the Whole Thing Down (Broken Sidewalk) – An entire 4th St. streetscape razed. Sad.
A Broken Sidewalk photo of Operation Sidewalk Defense, a group protesting the closure of sidewalks (but not streets of course) during construction projects.