Category Archives: urban planning

Urban planning is community design.

Duluth to select firm to develop walkable community

The Duluth City Council and Downtown Development Authority will hold a special called meeting at 6:30 p.

Source: Duluth to select firm to develop walkable community

Duluth is attempting to build a “walkable” community, and expecting a firm to know how to do it. I’m not sure any of the firms that bid on the project know anything about “walkable communities.” Is there any firm that does? I think there might be.

Car ownership is becoming increasingly irrelevant in Washington, D.C. – The Washington Post

The area’s millennials keep attracting transit start-ups that make car ownership unnecessary.

Source: Car ownership is becoming increasingly irrelevant in Washington, D.C. – The Washington Post

This is what I’m interested in. No car payments, no insurance payments, no fuel costs, no maintenance costs, no traffic jams, no car crashes. Gimmie!

As commutes from Frederick get harder, the city is looking to revive its job market

The small central Maryland city of Frederick has a relatively low cost of living and a good quality of life, but it has lost a lot of industrial jobs over the last 12 years. Frederick needs two things: more jobs, and easier ways to get to other job centers.

Source: As commutes from Frederick get harder, the city is looking to revive its job market

Is a transportation free-for-all coming to Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – Two days of brainstorming by various Downtown interests, guided by transportation planning experts, have hatched a revolutionary concept for remaking the entrance to the Golden Triangle. The concept, called shared space, removes traffic signals, signage, crosswalks, lane markings and curbs, setting up a sort of free-for-all plaza where pedestrians, drivers and cyclists must watch out for one another. It has been used successfully in Europe and to a lesser degree in the U.S. to revitalize blighted urban areas and improve safety. It was pioneered by Hans Monderman, a Dutch traffic engineer who came to view signs and signals as admissions of design failure. Informally titled “Heart of Pittsburgh,” the concept is being pitched for the section of Liberty Avenue from Commonwealth Place to

Source: Is a transportation free-for-all coming to Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living – NYTimes.com

Google’s Sidewalk Labs will pursue technologies to cut pollution, curb energy use, streamline transportation and reduce the cost of city living.

Source: Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living – NYTimes.com

I gotta wonder about this. They do recognize what needs fixing, and what people want, but don’t mention dealing with the politics of making changes in cities. Also, how do they reduce costs for your average guy? Also, will they do something about noisy neighbors?