URBAN ISSUESProblem with Silicon Valley, No Housing Boom
The enormous wealth that’s pouring into Silicon Valley ought to be trickling down to at least some extent as a vast array of local service providers gain jobs and income as chefs, waiters, doctors, nurses, yoga instructors, gardeners, interior decorators, taxi drivers, accountants, opthamologists, tailors, and housekeepers to the new money elite.
URBANISM & DESIGNWhy Retail Matters
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Recently I criticized the design of a supposedly nonpolluting, “net zero” Walgreens in Evanston, Illinois.
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As many of you know, I’ve spent many exciting and rewarding years exploring and documenting cities around the world, as a land use/environmental attorney, as a writer, and for my own enjoyment.
Editor's Note: Walkable neighborhoods and bike-friendly streets are all the rage but its road rage and the legacy of decades of auto-oriented bias slowing the creation of complete communities. The impact of the automobile bias of traffic engineering is the topic of today's excerpt from Are We There Yet?
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The shift away from auto-oriented neighborhoods to a design that is more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists is difficult because the tools used on a daily basis by traffic engineers have a built-in bias toward the interests of drivers. Travel models, for example, predict the future need for roads based on the need in the past, instead of recognizing that the priorities of Americans are changing.
Studies have shown that people who live or work near transit are more likely to use it. This may seem like a no-brainer but conventional transportation models that are used to determine how…