A Day of Action – the Future of Urban Albuquerque?

Join us at our first ever Urban Albuquerque Action Forum! We invite you to sign-up as a co-host by filling out the form at the bottom of the page and commenting as well! Being a co-host simply means that you will: Join us at the Action Forum  You will invite others to join us as… Continue reading A Day of Action – the Future of Urban Albuquerque?

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The Last Post

It has been many week since I have written a post. This is due to a variety of reasons. I am currently working as an intern at the United States Senate. I am involved in variety of projects and activities related to a variety of topics. My primary focus has been active transportation in relation… Continue reading The Last Post

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Free Spaces Make for Protest Places

Gathering space for people is important for human society. Take the example of Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain. I spent a fair amount of time in this incredible space just a few months ago. It is truly the Sol ~ soul of the entire country. Every road radiates outward from this point to places… Continue reading Free Spaces Make for Protest Places

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Video: "Complete Streets"

In my writings, I frequently mention terms such as “walkability”, “livability”, mode share”, “bus rapid transit”, bike friendly” and “transit oriented”. Some of you may know what they mean and maybe you’ve heard them before. However, even if you do know what they mean, it is hard to visualize these words. It is difficult to… Continue reading Video: "Complete Streets"

4th Ave. · bike · bikes · car · Google · Google Earth · Google SketchUp · Tucson · University of Arizona

A Better 4th Ave: Bike Boulevard Scenario Final Project

4th Ave. and Elm St. When I watch people bike around the nationally recognized bicycle friendly campus at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, I see people biking slow, biking fast, wearing flip-flops, talking on cellphones, talking to friends, etc. Some people would identify this as “bad biking behavior”; I see it as something… Continue reading A Better 4th Ave: Bike Boulevard Scenario Final Project

Albuquerque · BRT · bus · bus rapid transit · cost · network · rail · Tucson

Understanding Bus Rapid Transit

Conversations about mass transit frequently dissolve into a debate about “bus vs. train.” Jared Walker from Human Transit talks extensively about this problem here. He also talks about specific differences between bus and rail transit and provides easy to read charts here. To give a very brief summary of his posts, the perception of rail… Continue reading Understanding Bus Rapid Transit

Arizona · Bisbee · Italian · Sonora · Spanish · walk · walkable

A European Hill Town in Southern Arizona

Bisbee, Arizona is a unique town. According to local lore, a century ago, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco. Built on mining, it was also very wealthy. It followed the same pattern as many American mining towns: the mine closed and the city began to dissolve. However, Bisbee was saved… Continue reading A European Hill Town in Southern Arizona

budget · fare increase · money · SunTran · transit · Tucson

Summary: City Council Meeting Regarding Transit Fare Increases

On April 12, I attended a City Council meeting hearing where SunTran transit fare increases were being voted upon. The reason for a fare increase in the first place was a decline in SunTran funding –> a result of City of Tucson cuts –> a result of the Great Recession. Basically, it came down to… Continue reading Summary: City Council Meeting Regarding Transit Fare Increases

geovisualization · Google Maps · transportation · Tucson

Google MapMaker: Edit Your World

Today I read about a new feature of Google Maps called Google MapMaker. I originally read about it here on the Transportation Nation website. This feature allows people to add aspects of their local area that are missing from the existing Google Map. According to the into video for this feature, you know your neighborhood… Continue reading Google MapMaker: Edit Your World