ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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sprawlnation:

No, Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Crazy Congestion
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.
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sprawlnation:

No, Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Crazy Congestion

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.

[Planning Professor Reid] Ewing tracked fewer fatal car crashes in counties with less sprawl. More densely populated counties actually had more car crashes (more traffic), but fatalities were lower. So a person living in Walker County, Georgia, is three times as likely to be killed in a car crash than a person living in Denver County, Colorado.

Urban Sprawl: Get Fat, Stay Poor, And Die In Car Crashes : a new report on metro density says it straight: quality of life improves in compact cities | Fastcodesign.com, 4/7/14 (via atlurbanist)

If you build a city that is great for an eight-year-old and for an 80-year-old, then you build a city that is going to be great for everybody. They’re like an indicator species. We need to stop building cities as if everybody in them is 30 years old and athletic.

Gil Penalosa, the "pied piper for sustainable transportation," quoted in a Globe & Mail profile. 

Photo: The Atlantic Cities

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theatlanticcities:


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.

-The Search for Affordable Housing Is Pushing the Middle Class to the Exurbs   High-res

theatlanticcities:

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.

-The Search for Affordable Housing Is Pushing the Middle Class to the Exurbs

katarinaprior:

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.

Click HERE for more work by Candy Chang 

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"Across the globe every single day, individuals and communities are making their cities better places through smaller scale projects, improving the lives of urban citizens in the process.”
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"Across the globe every single day, individuals and communities are making their cities better places through smaller scale projects, improving the lives of urban citizens in the process.”

We want to share those stories of local community development intervention from around the world. Help us do it by providing feedback on our Knight News Challenge submission! Here’s a link, tumblr friends!