While they do increase congestion, the effect is minimal. The Fast Company article does stress that roads should be selected based on their existing design in order to deal with the realities of car reliant cities. Pushing to hard to make bike lanes work in less pedestrian freindly areas could have detreminal effects. Congestion that slows emergency responsiveness is an example.
While the article is light on content, the headline alone is enough of an eye-grabber to start a conversation about when, where and how fast, bike lanes appear on our roadways.
March’s theme is Hidden and in honor of the theme our Chicago chapter is having Matthew Hoffman speak. You might have heard about his You Are Beautiful Project, a little sticker that started a worldwide phenomenon. Pictured is a double sided entrance piece to the Miller Beach community in Gary, Indiana. Find out more. →
The next generation of recommendation engines will use your location data to suggest music festivals, sporting events, and conferences you will want to attend.
You’re cooking dinner. You realize you’re missing a key ingredient – garlic for the pasta, let’s say, or lettuce for your salad. Something without which you can’t get the meal on the table. How long would it take you to walk to a store where you can buy it?
If pedestrian was a car
A simple yet brilliant action
Gil Penalosa, the "pied piper for sustainable transportation," quoted in a Globe & Mail profile.
Photo: The Atlantic Cities
One commonly held metric is that families should devote no more than about 28 percent of their incomes to housing. But in certain parts of the country, that’s easier said than done. By the end of last year, the median family would need to devote much more than a third — up to nearly forty percent — of its income to mortgage payments on the median home in metros like San Jose (36 percent); San Francisco (39 percent); and Los Angeles (40 percent). These proportions are even higher than in the pre-bubble, pre-crash period of 1985-2000, when the median household would have needed to devote still substantial percentages of its income to afford the median house: 32 percent in New York; 35 percent in Los Angeles; 35 percent in San Jose; and 38 percent in San Francisco.
30 Cities From 200 Years Ago…And Where They Are Now
As Art Production Fund Artist-in-Residence, Candy Chang lived in the The Cosmopolitan and turned its P3 Studio gallery into a contemplative experiment around anonymity, vulnerability, and understanding in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Visitors were invited to submit their confessions on wooden plaques in the privacy of confession booths. She hung the anonymous plaques on the gallery walls so they gathered over time like a Shinto Shrine prayer wall. She projected and painted select responses on large canvases. The space featured an original soundtrack by Oliver Blank.
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Empyrean Passage by Dan Corson
The entire sculpture consumes less electricity than a household nightlight and operates on a photo cell.
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Marcus Westbury on urban renewal.