Sunday, November 28th, 2010
Check out my Thanksgiving open thread to see what people are thankful for about their city.
Another awesome program by CEOs for Cities is the Give a Minute campaign, in which they are asking people what would encourage them to bike, walk, or take the CTA more often. Please click on over the web site and make your contribution.
And also if you’re in Chicago, you might want to check out Metropulse Chicago, a new community indicators site put out by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
For anyone interested in the story behind Cincinnati’s abandoned subway tunnels, Jake Meckelnborg wrote a book about it you can check out.
Indianapolis Parking Meters – Final Installment
I wanted to close the loop on the Indianapolis parking meter lease. Unlike in Pittsburgh, where a wise city council rejected a long term lease, Indianapolis unsurprisingly passed it, which is truly disappointing.
I focused on the bad public policy angle of this, others covered conflicts of interest or political angles or whatever matters to them. But all this debate over the transaction of the moment I think obscures the larger trend. Once, Indianapolis was a place where visionary and determined leadership across the community and across parties transformed an overgrown small town and backwater state capital known as “India-No-Place” into arguably the best performing large Midwest city and one of the few holding its own or even leading the rest of America. Today, as this contract helps illustrate, Indianapolis is more and more just another city. That’s disappointing. I certainly hope for the best, but it will be interesting to watch Indy’s performance going forward in this new civic era for the city.
Richard Florida on CNN International
World and National Roundup
The National Endowment for the Arts published an interesting report on Creative Placemaking
William Fulton: City and State Smokestack Chasing Blows Mostly Smoke
Neal Peirce: A ‘Golden Moment’ for Cities?
Joel Kotkin: The Rise of the Efficient City
New Geography: The Other Chambers of Commerce
Richard Longworth: A Region on the Mississippi
Daily Yonder: Many outmigration counties are prosperous
Owen Hatherley: Shanghai International Exposition
Steve LaFleur: Toronto Election Shows the Failure of Amalgamation
NYT: New York Studies Subway Tunnel to New Jersey – Extending the 7 line to Secaucus.
Richard Layman: Corruption: DC vs. Maryland Jurisdictions
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Area stunts growth by feeding on itself
Indianapolis Business Journal: West Side revitalization plan aims to capitalize on diverse retailers
Chicago Sun-Times: Houses more valuable near Metra stations
Vote With Your Feet: Stalled on the Bloomingdale Trail
The Guardian: Top Players Fall Silent as Detroit Symphony Orchestra fights for survival – Even Detroit’s symphony issues are able to muster tier one international press coverage.
NYT: Hello, Columbus – How Columbus, Ohio became a gay mecca.
Winter Cycling in Copenhagen
Apparently most cyclists in Copenhagen keep right on doing it even in the heart of winter. Copenhagenize put up this great one minute video to prove it. (If the video doesn’t display, click here). It’s something to keep in mind as he head into the winter season here in the US and the rest of the northern hemisphere. Copenhagenize the planet!
Buffalo, This Place Matters
I normally don’t link to promotional videos, but this piece from from Buffalo’s CVB called “Buffalo, This Place Matters” is very well done. (If the video doesn’t display for you, click here).
New York Bicycling
EcoMobility.tv in Montreal created the four minute video below about cycling in New York that’s definitely work a watch. (If the video doesn’t display for you, click here).
A web site called “Changing Gears,” a collaboration of public radio stations in Chicago, Michigan, and Ohio, did a five part series profiling Pittsburgh’s turnaround and the lessons it might offer to others. The site has audio available of course, but also the transcripts of the pieces are there for your reading pleasure:
Matt Heidelberger profiles the 12 most dingy New York subway stations in his wonderful post “The Dirty Dozen.” Like the loss of the Bilerico Project duo to DC, the loss of Matt Heildelberger to NYC is a cruel blow to Indy’s blogosphere.
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