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.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Many critics of the Segway have been far too quick to dismiss the technology as some sort of crutch for lazy people. But evidence is mounting that the disabled see the Segway as a liberating technology. Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT) is a nascent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that will champion use of Segways specifically for the disabled. I'd be very interested in knowing just how many Segway owners have been diagnosed with some sort of mobility impairment. It's probably a significant percentage.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Hey Californians: Ever wonder when the smoking junker you just spotted has last passed its smog test? Write down the license plate, then look here. If you live in the Bay Area, you can go here to file a report.

Friday, April 09, 2004

David Goldberg: "As lawmakers negotiate the transportation bill they should keep in mind the invocation with which Representative Earl Blumenauer, their Democratic colleague from Oregon, often begins speeches: 'Let's have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle.'"

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

From the Viral Marketing Blog: Spy on your neighbor's political donations. I'm not sure how relevant this is to this blog, but it's possible that you could identify like-minded citizens in your neighborhood this way. And if you choose to contact them, perhaps you'll have to send paper-based spam, since the guide doesn't include email addresses. Of course these days search engines are able to help sleuth that out too.