Moving Life

I am a Urban & Regional Planning student at Michigan State University. This blog is in many ways an exploration of people in places and how people come to define and relate to place.
newyorker:

Mikhail Iossel on a Soviet twelve days of Christmas: http://nyr.kr/1fIsZPy

“In 1979-1981, to the best of my sporadic recollections, and with the aid of some perfunctory and doubtless imprecise online research, with a hundred and twenty rubles in a large Soviet city one could afford:
12,000 boxes of matches (50 matches per box), 1,200 glasses of carbonated water (no fruit syrup) from a street vending machine, 12,000 standard pencils, 12,000 slices of bread at a public cafeteria.”

Photograph: Sovfoto/UIG/Getty.

newyorker:

Mikhail Iossel on a Soviet twelve days of Christmas: http://nyr.kr/1fIsZPy

In 1979-1981, to the best of my sporadic recollections, and with the aid of some perfunctory and doubtless imprecise online research, with a hundred and twenty rubles in a large Soviet city one could afford:

12,000 boxes of matches (50 matches per box), 1,200 glasses of carbonated water (no fruit syrup) from a street vending machine, 12,000 standard pencils, 12,000 slices of bread at a public cafeteria.

Photograph: Sovfoto/UIG/Getty.

(Source: newyorker.com)

Driving Is Going Out of Style

citymaus:

A new study from U.S. PIRG gives us perhaps the most detailed yet look at the “peak car” phenomenon whereby America’s passenger-miles driven keeps falling. As Ashley Halsey writes (washpo. 04.12.13), perhaps the most important contention of the report is “data that show the cities with the biggest drop in driving suffered no greater unemployment peaks than those cities where driving declined the least.”

PIRG’s takeaway is that it’s time to stop lavishly funding new highway construction and instead focus money on a mix of maintaining existing infrastructure and improving mass transit services. I agree with that, but the budget allocations are in some ways the smallest pieces of the puzzle. The real gains are to be made in rolling back the implicit subsidies to parking and barriers to multi-family apartments, leveling the regulatory playing field between private cars and private transit (slate, 21.06.12), and looking at operational issues that prevent cost-effective transit operations in the United States (slate, 12.11.13.).

slate, 05.12.13.

(Source: emergentfutures, via thegreenurbanist)

atlurbanist:

Leaves falling at the corner of Fairlie & Poplar Streets today, Downtown Atlanta

atlurbanist:

Leaves falling at the corner of Fairlie & Poplar Streets today, Downtown Atlanta

(via urbnist)

atlurbanist:

Our block of Forsyth Street in the miserable, wet, cold weather this morning. Still pretty, though.

atlurbanist:

Our block of Forsyth Street in the miserable, wet, cold weather this morning. Still pretty, though.

megalopoliscity:

Amazing shots of London, anybody know who the photographer is so I can give proper credit?

newurbanismfilmfestival:

Urban highway cuts off the city from its water.The cars zooming each way make the barrier even more daunting

newurbanismfilmfestival:

Urban highway cuts off the city from its water.The cars zooming each way make the barrier even more daunting