Just as one followup, in a recent Indianapolis-related post I called for the removal of sign-blight along the Cultural Trail. I haven’t seen it personally, but I’m told the abandoned library sign has been removed. Kudos to the city. Now let’s make the Keystone/86th removal happen.
Brookings recently put out a Global Metro Monitor Report that has gotten a lot of attention, though I have not yet gotten to dive into it myself.
ESPN: Believeland – This piece on Cleveland in the wake of LeBron James’ departure is long, but one of the best pieces of writing on a Rust Belt city I’ve seen. You may also be interested in my own James Drain Hits Cleveland.
Portland Oregonian: Is Portland the New Neverland? – “I sometimes think we’re the scatterbrained generation. You have so many choices, and you know what you end up doing? Nothing. You become the DJ-fashion-designing-knitting-coffee-maker.”
Governing: The Search for Infrastructure Driven Transformation – “High-speed rail and the smart grid may turn out to be tomorrow’s Erie Canals. But in a mature society such as ours, it may be that small infrastructure connections — expensive though they may be — will be transformative in the future.”
The Guardian: Report Calls for Radical Redesign of Cities to Cope with Population Growth – You can also go directly to the Megacities on the Move site to check out the toolkit. I haven’t had a chance to dive in as of yet.
Rearranged Map of the World
Over at Big Think, someone rearranged the map of the world by population. Interestingly, the US and Brazil get to stay where they are (click to enlarge):
World and National Roundup
Owen Hatherley: Exposition Corporate – more on the Shangai World Expo.
Transport Politic: Envied the world over, the Strasbourg tram expands again
Allison Arieff: The Public Square Goes Mobile
Matthew Khan: Do liberal cities block new housing developments? – He says the answer is ‘Yes’ in California
Richard Florida: Why New York Needs to Make Way for Cyclists
Joel Kotkin: The New Battle for Brains
Portland Oregonian: Portland area wages, job creation lag most Western regions – So says a new report, but not everyone agrees with this. I can say that Portland’s GDP per capita is skyrocketing – it was #1 last decade among cities with more than a million people on that metric.
Greater Greater Washington: Should DC Drop the Sales Tax?
Andrew Kirby: Could the Dallas way be the right way?
Detroit Blog: The Last Song
New York Fly By
Super Cool Bike Parking
Trailnet St. Louis pointed me at this very short promo video for a super-cool bicycle parking device. The video is in German, and I have no idea if it’s real or not, but it doesn’t matter – watch it anyway. (If the video doesn’t display, click here).
This is a pretty incredible 1958 animated short called “Magic Highway” I found on How to be a Retronaut. It was supposedly put out by Disney and talks about all the amazing innovations in highways and cars that will be coming soon and how they will improve our lives. There’s a Jetsons-like quality to this, but I think it illustrates the mindset about these things people had back then. (If the video doesn’t display, click here).
Copenhagenize posted some wonderful vintage photos of bicycling in Copehagen. Check out the whole set, but here’s a sample: