Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Happy New Year
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My Comment on Chris Gray's "A Landmark Lost and Found" in the New York Times
FROM THE COMMENTS SECTION: Let's look at the photo again. The arch is lipstick on a pig. The station behind it looks like a Los Angeles shopping mall circa 1980–in the heart of one of the world's great cities.
The people in the drawing look like ants. The building behind them has nothing that relates to human scale. It doesn't even look like humans built it: there is no sense it was touched by a human hand, either in the design or the construction.
London is an enormously wealthy city these days. It can't do better than that? (postscript after the jump)PS: Here's a photo of one of the oldest streets in London. It was a wonderful place to walk until Global Capitalism and its bankers decided they needed new places to roost.
Monday, December 23, 2013
VV REDUX: Jung On Traffic Engineers
The psychotherapist Carl Jung wrote about everything, including traffic engineers:
All time-saving methods, to which alleviaton of traffic congestion and other conveniences belong, do not, paradoxically, save any time, but simply fill the time available in such a manner that one has no more time at all. The result of this is inevitable, breathless haste, superficiality and nervous fatigue with all the related symptoms like nervous hunger, impatience, irritability, distractedness etc...
I found this at a public transit blog. Also take a look at their most popular link, P.J. O'Rourke's paean to the car in Give War A Chance ("...even if all these accusations are true, the automobile is still an improvement on its principal alternative, the pedestrian. Pedestrians are easily damaged. Try this test: Hit a pedestrian with a car. Now have the pedestrian hit the car back.... Which is in better shape?").
Monday, December 16, 2013
Children Demanding Play Streets Changed Amsterdam
NICE—but will drones soon be colliding over the streets of Manhattan?
Saturday, November 16, 2013
New York, New England, New Marlborough
ONE of the many great things about New York City is that it's easy to get from New York to many great places. We tend to head northeast to New England.
The Berkshire mountains in Western Massachusetts are distinctly not in New York, even though many New Yorkers visit the Berkshires. There are many beautiful ways to drive there, none of which require getting on an interstate highway. You can make the trip in 2 hours, or you can make it take all day. There are also trains to Dutchess County, New York, and people are working on a reviving the old rail line, which still has daily freight trains.
I've been to old Marlborough in olde England, too. It's in our new Street Design book.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
#Bloomberg Administration London Envy Softens—City Planning Withdraws East Midtown Upzoning
"Key members of the Council said on Tuesday that the proposal — to rezone a 73-block area into a district of sleek glass towers that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said would make New York competitive with London and other world-class cities—" New York Times: End of Proposal to Raise Skyline on the East Side
The Shard—Europe's Tallest Building—pointed to by supporters of the East Midtown upzoning as the type of iconic building New York needs.The office space has no tenants, and all the apartment buyers have been absentee investors from other countries. Eighty percent of The City is owned by foreign speculators, and Britons are responsible for only one in four residential transactions in central London, because of the high prices brought about by foreign speculation. In other words, they're even worse off than New Yorkers.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
On the Second Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the face of Global Capitalism, brought to you by the Sheik of Dubai, Chinese Communism, Starchitects, and the billionaires who broke the world economy in 2008