Friday, November 12th, 2010
For all my fans in Central Ohio, I am going to be the speaker at the Harrison Smith, Jr. Design Awards ceremony at the Columbus Metropolitan Club. There’s open registration for the event, so click on over to the site and sign up. There’s going to be a Q&A so you’ll have a chance to have me answer your questions too.
Alex Pazuchanics: Stop Worrying About Losing Young Pittsburghers – “Our region’s growth will come not from trying to keep people in Pittsburgh, but from capitalizing on a highly mobile culture. Pittsburgh should be the physical epicenter of a much larger reality: people moving freely, bringing with them their ideas and experiences, allowing for new developments to occur. Some people will stay in the Pittsburgh region; others will leave and later return to start a new family or open a business; still others will leave and never return. But they all will remain connected to a Pittsburgh that is not just a place, but a people.”
Witold Rybczynski: The Cities We Want: Part One and Part Two – “Judging from the direction that American urbanism has taken during the second half of the 20th century, one answer is unequivocal—Americans want to live in cities that are spread out.”
WSJ: Finnish architect has a rap (literally) on modern urban architecture – “Architecture lectures commonly involve laser pointers and slides. In his, architect Tuomas Toivonen prefers throbbing bass and electronic drums. ‘U is for Utopia, U is for Utopia,’ Mr. Toivonen rapped at a recent New York performance of his new record, which he bills as ‘an architectural album.’ Yes, he makes records, too.”
Last Chance Indianapolis Parking Meters
The Indianapolis City-County Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed parking meter lease on Monday. This is your last chance to call or write your councilor to urge him or her to vote against the deal.
This proposed lease is universally unpopular outside the administration and is a terrible deal for the city, something that has been amply documented by me and many, many others. Don’t let the city make a mistake it will regret for the next 50 years.
Well Being Map
Thanks to Richard Florida for pointing us at the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. It’s worth a look.
World and National Roundup
David Brooks: The Crossroads Nation
Human Transit: The Basics of Stop and Station Spacing
Steven Vance: Buffered bike lanes makes bicycling easy – A couple of interesting videos.
Next American City: Integration in Chicago – On the Train if Not in Housing
Boston Globe: Aerotroplis – The rise of a vibrant new kind of city – and how Massachusetts missed a chance to have one
Pop City Media: The Entrepreneurial City: Pittsburgh?
Transport Politic: New transit plan for Indianapolis emphasizes frequency over splash.
City of Cyclists
Copenhagenize had another cool video of bicycling in Copenhagen called City of Cyclists. (Click the link if it doesn’t display for you).
Apparently you can now ride the number 6 train in New York through a turnback loop to see the abandoned but very well preserved City Hall Station:
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