Building off of recent news about the reduction in driving, US PIRG has a new study out this week that’s garnered a lot of media attention. The study, titled “Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future” has the nifty summary stating, “The Driving Boom—a six decade-long period of steady [...]
The media is awash lately in stories and opinion pieces about driverless cars, or autonomous cars as they’re also called. Whether it’s Google’s experimentation in this area, or traditional car manufacturers, the idea sparks imaginations on all fronts.
How will they work? How do they intermingle with other cars? What will be their [...]
The world of transportation may be changing rapidly, but the world of transportation funding certainly is not. Like a giant ship turning around very slowly, we still are loaded down with the baggage of thinking from 70 years ago. Sometimes it’s just too easy to point out the hypocrisy, but it still needs to be [...]
I like to think of myself as a reasonable person. My Midwestern roots generally steer me toward pragmatic results and solutions, even when I aim to do something more transformative. Like most of us, I look for whatever are the most reasonable, logical solutions to today’s problems, with an eye toward the future.
This week I’m actually sharing two photos, of the same place.
Jamison Square is one of the new public spaces created as part of the Pearl District redevelopment in Portland, OR. On this sunny weekday a few years ago, people are reveling in the splash fountain and the square in general.
For a lot of the last year, we’ve been focused on the evils of the 1%. The media has been filled with the exploits of the “Occupy” movement, and their emphasis on how 1% are keeping us down, harming the country, destroying the job market and much more.
When I was a kid, I used to sketch out designs for futuristic cities in my notebooks. Complete with domed arenas, skyscrapers and fantastic highway intersections, they looked a lot like, well, a lot like this:
This is current-day downtown Atlanta, as seen from a hotel in Midtown.
For years, many of us in the planning and real estate world have been talking about the mismatch between supply and demand in housing. That is, we’ve been building a very limited type of housing for decades (single family houses on a medium to large lot) well in excess of what the demand actually is [...]