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April, 2013 Archive

So Much Wasted Space (and money)

How many times have you heard someone say that buses and bike lanes are such wastes of money because they have seen them empty? And, of course, only running buses when they would be full would be like only opening roads for rush hour. id=”attachment_480″ align=”alignleft” width=”280″]SW Alder: lunchtime! SW Alder: lunchtime!

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Bikes as Pedestrians: Osaka/Kyoto

Gion, or Geisha, District of Kyoto. Still a functioning neighborhood.

Stepping out the door onto the sidewalk in Kyoto and Osaka can take a while to get used to with all the bicycles whirring by, sharing the usually tight space with crowds of pedestrians…

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The Empire of the Auto: mini-documentary from Santiago Chile

Empire of the Automobile is a mini documentary made by BiciCultura of Santiago Chile. Includes the interesting data that recent studies by the Chilean Environment Ministry found that 70% of noise in Santiago is caused by traffic. And that more deaths come from auto-originating pollution than from traffic crashes (about 4,000 per year).

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Calling Urban Visionaries/Activists Under 40

Vanguard Conference 2013 Vanguard conference June 10-12 | Cleveland, Ohio Vanguard, an annual conference hosted by Next City and held this year in Cleveland, gathers the country’s best and brightest urban advocates. Applications are due by April 26, 2013. Selected participants will be notified by May 1, 2013. The Vanguard class will be publicly announced […]

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Scholarly article re: the impact of parking requirements on Affordability

Following up on the recent spate of articles on mandating off-street parking, here in Portland and nationally, here’s a research article based on real world experience in Los Angeles: Parking requirements as a barrier to housing development: regulation and reform in Los Angeles Abstract: Using a partial deregulation of residential parking in downtown Los Angeles, […]

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The National Movement to Tame Parking

“Reform is not only adopting good policies but also repealing bad policies. Requiring all buildings to provide ample parking is one such bad policy that cities should repeal.” Portland is going backwards by considering resurrecting the bad policies of the past and is out of touch with national trends. What our neighborhoods need is not more government-mandated, expensive and unneeded off-street parking; rather, we need an intelligent approach to managing cars, including charging for on-street parking…IMG_0557

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Why Getting to 2100? The next century will be a test: can humans use their intelligence and foresight to successfully transition from our consumption-fueled economy to one that balances the needs of humans with the Earth’s available resources. Getting to 2100 aims to be a forum for sharing of good ideas and good works. Got a good example or a new idea? Share it with the world!

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