Posts Tagged ‘urban planning’

New York City Loves Bike Share

May 28th, 2014 by PKageyama

Much like the change of heart seen over pedestrian only Times Square, New Yorkers apparently love the one year old bike share program. Decried by some as ugly, dangerous and even totalitarian, the success of the program should embolden other communities to look at their own implementations. Story here: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/05/27/one-year-later-new-yorkers-love-totalitarian-bi/199467

DIY Traffic Calming

March 20th, 2014 by PKageyama

Here’s an example of taking matters into your own hands. DIY city making continues to expand as people become emboldened to make necessary changes in their own communities. Hopefully the official city makers take note that change can and will happen even without their support and permission. Cheers to those that break/bend the rules in

High Line Park – Part Two

June 10th, 2011 by admin

One of my favorite “love notes” is High Line Park. I describe it in the book from when I visited there in late 2009. This week heralds the opening of the second phase of the park just in time for summer. The park has created an enormous buzz around it, acting like an amplifier for

Why Streetcars Are Better Than Buses – Infrastructurist.com

June 9th, 2011 by admin

Check out 36 Reasons Streetcars Are Better Than Buses – nice piece from Infrastructurist.com. My favorite reason – “unlike a bus, a streetcar informs and helps citizens to formulate an image of their city, even if folks don’t ride it. It is a feature of their public realm. Because of this, these streets get greater

5 Questions with Biz(941)

June 7th, 2011 by admin

Biz941, the business magazine for Sarasota and Manatee counties here in Florida, asked me five questions about the future of our cities. Check out the answers here!

Bicycling to Understand Cities

May 26th, 2011 by admin

As I note in the book, bicycling allows you to connect with your city in very human and fun ways.  Here is an excellent essay on how bicycling leads to a better understanding of our cities. http://www.boingboing.net/2011/05/21/understanding-cities.html

“The Next City”

April 12th, 2011 by admin

I have been invited to participate in the Journalists Forum on Land and the Built Environment: The Next City taking place on April 15-16th, 2011 in Cambridge, MA.  The forum is sponsored by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy  and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  The forum

Crime & the Lovable City

April 1st, 2011 by admin

Last month I presented to the American Planning Association via their national webinar series. I got to speak about lovable cities to several hundred planners from all over the United States. It was a real honor. During the Q&A session that followed I was asked about the impact of crime on the relationship that we

Public Spaces & Falling In Love With Your City

February 17th, 2011 by admin

I heard an interview on NPR the other day with author Ariel Sabar who wrote a book about couples who had met and fill in love in New York’s iconic public spaces.  The book, Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York, explores the critical and often

Love Note: Pedestrian Friendly Times Square

February 6th, 2011 by admin

Two of my favorite New York City love notes debuted in 2009: the newly pedestrian friendly Times Square and High Line Park in the Meatpacking District. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan began pedestrian-friendly Times Square as an experiment in 2009. The response to their people space, created in the heart