Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. I’m heading off for a holiday break and will return in 2012. I plan to enjoy the time with family and friends and hope you do to. To give you at least a little something to last you, here are a few things you might want to check out.
I’ve noted before that I really like the work that Community Research Partners does with their Benchmarking Central Ohio study. This one has a great many metrics, which makes it mostly useful as an analytical tool for other researchers than as a direct management tool for civic leaders, but given what they set out to accomplish it’s great. They compare Columbus to 15 or so regional/traditional and aspirational peers. So if you are one of those peer cities, this is also a benchmark study for you that someone took the liberty of creating gratis.
What’s more, all of the metrics that they use are available in a spreadsheet for the top 100 metros, so a ton of work in creating a benchmarking study is already there for anyone who wants to use it. I definitely recommend checking this one out.
Ed Glaeser on Why Cities Matter
Harvard economist Ed Glaeser was one of the featured speakers at the CEOs for Cities annual meeting. Here’s a brief video clip they shot with him there explaining why cities matter. (If the video doesn’t display, click here).
There are all sorts of other brief but interesting videos over on the CEOs for Cities Vimeo channel.
More Photos of New London Bus
Dezeen has a series of stunning photos of a new design for the classic London double-decker bus. I’m amazed at how many agencies (i.e., nearly all of them) can’t even produce a decent livery. This goes to show that you can actually do something amazing with a bus. There’s a lot of criticism of this design in some circles, but I’ve yet to see anyone make a serious case that this is not up to par versus any real bus operating out there. But you can make your own decision. I for one like it a heckuva lot better than what we get here in the States. (See my post on “Raising the Bar on Design” for transit and how London understands that “The Mark of a Great City is How It Treats Its Ordinary Spaces, Not Its Special Ones.” for more on this topic).
Photo via Heatherwick Studios
There are many more photos at Dezeen, including some interior ones, so be sure to click through.
See you all in 2012.