Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Sunday, June 29, 2003

I've got a Segway owner in my Berkeley neighborhood. The husband apparenly bought it for his mobility-impaired wife. Posts like this make me believe that Segways are seeing a strong adoption among those with mobility impairments, including those with hip replacements and arthritis. For those who can't tolerate walking, but who aren't ready for wheelchairs, there's Segway.

Friday, June 27, 2003

Washington Post: "As envisioned by the charismatic Duany on Wednesday evening, the Kentlands commercial core of the not-too-distant future will consist of a grid of streets defined by buildings of five stories or more. It would become, in other words, more a city center than a town center."

Friday, June 20, 2003

Duane Desiderio, a vice president at the National Association of Home Builders, quoted by the Boston Globe: "Obesity is more a problem of nutrition than where you live. There are plenty of suburban developments with miles and miles of hiking and jogging trails. And people in high-density [developments] could still eat potato chips.'' Desiderio misses the point. Most folks don't have the time to get out on those hiking and jogging trails. But if they could walk or bike to work one day a week, it would make a huge difference.
Hey, the template change I asked for eons ago finally took effect! Got rid of some bogus code and gives the site a fresh new look.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Washington Post: "On April 30, while resting on a bench at the Eisenhower Avenue Station, Anne Kinkella rubbed her face with her hands, letting go of the Segway. It zoomed away from her, fell off the platform and landed on the track bed. Metro officials had to halt trains while they climbed onto the track bed to retrieve the device."
The U.S. General Accounting Office, on May 6, reported that congestion pricing has promise for improving use of transportation infrastructure.