Monthly Archives: June 2015

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?

Hampton Commons: A West End condo community that offers walkability as well as privacy

Herbert Fitzgerald stood out when he moved into a condominium in the newly built Hampton Commons back in 1987. He was its youngest resident, for example.

Source: Hampton Commons: A West End condo community that offers walkability as well as privacy

I used to live near this community, and never knew it existed. The area is just great, with lots of shops and things to see. Many of the shops have been there for a very long time. I’m definitely going to check this out if I ever visit Richmond again.

Prince George’s is getting a major new medical center. Will it make it easier to walk around?

Preliminary site plans for an upcoming regional medical center at Largo Town Center Metro station could do more to encourage people to walk around the new complex. Missing key elements of a more pedestrian-friendly design could suppress the site’s potential as a new walkable downtown and for Prince George’s County.

Source: Prince George’s is getting a major new medical center. Will it make it easier to walk around?

Find some details about a development in the D.C. area, which could be good for walkability. The plans need a lot of work. There’s a major, high speed, road right down the middle, discouraging walkers.