cars · network · road diet · Streetfilms · Streetsblog · Transportation Alternatives · video

Road Diets + Streetfilms and the Streetsblog Network

When I am having conversations with people about “complete streets” or “road diets”, I sometimes wish I had Streetfilms videos on me at all times. Streetfilms is a part of the massive national alternative transportation blog network, Streetsblog. This giant blogging network had humble beginnings in New York City in 2006. It was created by… Continue reading Road Diets + Streetfilms and the Streetsblog Network

Boston · cars · dollars · highways · roads · spending · subways · tax · transit · transportation

Capping Freeways vs. Taking Them Out: Lessons from the Big Dig

Today, I spent a lot of time ambling around a recently built park in Boston. It is called the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and it is a nice public space. It is diverse, containing fountains, benches, flowers, lawns, long walkways and sculptures. The greenway is surrounded by densely populated areas, providing a green space for many… Continue reading Capping Freeways vs. Taking Them Out: Lessons from the Big Dig

bikes · Boston · car sharing · cars · density · freeways · highways · MBTA · urban

Beantown: Urban Form and Function

Density: The part of Boston I am staying in (Back Bay) is quite dense, especially compared to the rest of the United States. This makes sense as Boston is one of the oldest American cities. It is also very diverse and educated, being home to a massive number of universities. The city itself is different… Continue reading Beantown: Urban Form and Function

bikes · car dependency · cars · ciclovia · cyclovia · New Urbanism · transit · transportation · Tucson · urban

Cyclivia in Tucson: The Posibilities for the Future

This past weekend, Tucson had its first cyclovia event. On Sunday, from 10 AM until 2 PM, four sections of different streets were closed off to automobile traffic, freeing the streets for non-motorized activities for miles. This page has more information, and this blog has a good write up of the event. The purpose of… Continue reading Cyclivia in Tucson: The Posibilities for the Future

Albuquerque · bikes · car dependency · car sharing · cars · livability · neighborhoods · New Urbanism · Tucson · urban · ZipCar

What Methods Can We Use to Prevent People from Buying a Car in the First Place? 1. Carsharing

I would like to start this post with a disclaimer: I am not an anti-car person, and I never will be. Motor vehicles are amazing inventions. They increase mobility for the users and allow owners of cars to go wherever they want whenever they want. However, there are a few drawbacks to a car oriented… Continue reading What Methods Can We Use to Prevent People from Buying a Car in the First Place? 1. Carsharing

bikes · car dependency · cars · infastructure · infill · policy · roads · single use planning · solutions · sprawl · subsidies · tax · transportation · zoning

The Extreme Importance of Zoning Policy

The cities we have created today are relatively unsustainable. By unsustainable, I mean a place that can not easily survive for a long period of time. The primary reason behind this is zoning policy. There are two major issues with current zoning policy:1) Subsidizing Sprawl: We continue to pour money into developments that make our… Continue reading The Extreme Importance of Zoning Policy