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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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LA to Replace Dangerous Intersection with Roundabout

parksify:

Proposed roundabout will be the city’s first

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By Ash Blankenship

In Los Angeles a traffic intersection known as Cinco Puntos has long been considered busy and confusing. To improve traffic flow and safety, the city plans to replace the four-street intersection with LA’s first roundabout.

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Interesting stuff. The roundabout is an extremely common concept in many places in the world, and if increased traffic flow is the goal, then it cannot be beat. But it can be much harder for cyclists, and a lot harder for pedestrians to cross as well, when not designed optimally. Here’s hoping LA residents can adjust!

urbangeographies:



DETROIT:  A Model of “Lean Urbanism”?

The Knight Foundation has funded a “Project for Lean Urbanism,” proposed by Andrés Duany. Set between the approaches of Tactical Urbanism and New Urbanism, Lean Urbanism focuses on revitalizing cities by encouraging people to participate in community-building. In a recent article, Duany explains the concept to be applied to Detroit: 

“Detroit is now a place where risk-oblivious millennials can get things done. This is too difficult in most places because of regulations, bureaucracy that makes it impossible to bake a cookie for sale without a certified kitchen, an accessible bathroom and constant inspections.”





Will this approach succeed in revitalizing the bankrupt city? What are the pros and cons? Stay tuned…



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urbangeographies:

The Knight Foundation has funded a “Project for Lean Urbanism,” proposed by Andrés Duany. Set between the approaches of Tactical Urbanism and New Urbanism, Lean Urbanism focuses on revitalizing cities by encouraging people to participate in community-building. In a recent article, Duany explains the concept to be applied to Detroit: 
“Detroit is now a place where risk-oblivious millennials can get things done. This is too difficult in most places because of regulations, bureaucracy that makes it impossible to bake a cookie for sale without a certified kitchen, an accessible bathroom and constant inspections.”

Will this approach succeed in revitalizing the bankrupt city? What are the pros and cons? Stay tuned…

Billions more people are going to make their homes in cities over the next several decades — many in the exact megacities and global slums where devastating poverty persists. We are going to spend tens if not hundreds of trillions on city building during this period. It is crucial that we get it right.

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor (via theatlanticcities)