2. Errol Morris: Something is wrong but you’ll never know what it is. An interview with David Dunning, discoverer of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, in which the more incompetent you are, the less likely you are to be aware of it. I’m convinced this effect has broad applicability, even to areas of urban development.
3. Karen Heller: Stuck in Pennsylvania
4. Grist has a couple of other great pieces on Charlotte’s light rail system, that are critical reads for smaller cities looking at transit. Charlotte does light rail right and “How Charlotte’s mayor championed light rail.
5. Loving London. I don’t usually put videos in my top story list, but I’ll make an exception for this simply brilliant stop motion time lapse video by Alex Silver called “You’ve Got to Love London.” It starts with 15 seconds of pastoral bliss, then Wow. Click the link if it doesn’t display for you.
Scary Labor Market Chart
Writing at his Economist blog, Ryan Avent put up a very scary chart of US job losses:
The US is the blue line. The chart shows 1Q08 to 1Q10.
Fool Me Eight Times…..
Yes, this is a video-heavy post. I don’t normally link to Jon Stewart either, but his Daily Show monologue on the failed promises of the last eight consecutive presidents to wean America off foreign oil is priceless. (If the video doesn’t display for you, click here.)
World and National Roundup
Moncole magazine just released their annual list of the best cities in the world to live and work.
Andrew Manshel: Enough with Jane Jacobs already
Business Week: Top down tech clusters often lack key ingredients
The Guardian: Norman Foster at 75
Transport Politic: Barcelona metro continues its expansion at a relatively cheap price” – Yonah demonstrates yet again how US transit construction costs are way out of line.
Joel Kotkin: The Productive Economy Still Matters
Ed Glaeser: The Health of Cities
Nancy Folbre: The Sagging of the Middle Class
Silicon Alley Insider: This latest wave of New York startups is just getting started
Fred Siegal: John Linsday’s Bright, Shining Failure
Ryan Avent: Immigration and Detroit
Business Insider: California Pension Funds Assume Dow Reaches 28 Million. I’m beginning to see why they have a pension crisis.
LA Times: LA’s ‘phantom parking’ is a jam
Transport Politic: Philadelphia selling full naming rights to SEPTA station to AT&T
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Diversity a point of pride for East Point
peHUB: Chicago is not the next Silicon Valley, but at these prices, what a shame (h/t Windy Citizen)
Chicago Sun-Times: Regional transit faces $24 billion repair bill
Rust Wire asks if Ohioans are the Okies of the Great Recession. They link to an article in the Charlestown City Paper about with stories of people complaining about Ohioans. Most of it sounded like good-natured fun to me, but it’s interesting to watch.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Sinquefield not discouraged with return on his political efforts. This St. Louis billionaire is spending millions to try to significantly change public policy in Missouri.
Taking the Slide
Volkswagen did a promotion in the city of Berlin, where they installed a slide from the mezzanine to the platform level of a subway station. They call it the “Fast Lane”, and yes, adults can use it too! (If the video doesn’t display, click here.)
This is both super-fun and very cool. Alas for America’s litigious nature and the general killjoy attitude of our elected officials. h/t CTA Tattler.
Triple Lightning Strike
A severe thunderstorm in Chicago last week produced some dramatic lightning strike imagery. This short video captures an amazing moment lightning strikes the three tallest buildings in the city simultaneously. Click the link if it doesn’t display for you.
Continuing my Columbus, Indiana series, here are a couple of interior shots of the North Christian Church, designed by Eero Saarinen. My camera isn’t the greatest for dimly lit interior shots, but you can get the feel for this spectacular space. This building is a National Historic Landmark.