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.
thegreenurbanist:

Chicago’s 1st “greenway” becoming a reality out-front the office I work at.
Notice how the marking is close to the middle of the road than on other streets.

Equality! and “pedal power!” (as the lady said when I gave her a thumbs up and took the pictures). 

thegreenurbanist:

Chicago’s 1st “greenway” becoming a reality out-front the office I work at.

Notice how the marking is close to the middle of the road than on other streets.

Equality! and “pedal power!” (as the lady said when I gave her a thumbs up and took the pictures). 

Dissecting some underlying assumptions of the smart city discourse

humanscalecities:

I have just finished a two-months period writing two articles that will appear soon. 

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It covers a state of the art, but, particularly, a dissection of some underlying myths in that vision (in a few words) and how these risks and misconceptions can lead to disillusionment: 

  • Operational efficiency of local governments as the main objective, confusing the city council with the whole city.
  • Weak use of sustainability claims, without an overall understanding of environmental implications and with poor attention on some background knowledge from urban ecology.
  • Useless simplification of urban complexity.
  • Pretended neutrality of data.
  • Depolitization of urban debates and social conflicts.
  • Technological smugness and over-representation of technology means to address non-technological issues.

cyclehaul:

Found on Bikerumor. The Dutch could teach the French a few things about urban integration of cycle paths. Often the cycle paths here dump you out before the intersection with priority given to cars, thus discouraging the use of the cycle path in the first place.

(via nycbikecommuter)