What’s Missing In the Urban Density Debate

The discussions and debates around building more walkable and bikeable cities invariably come back to issues of urban density. There are many competing theories as to how many people can or should live in compact, efficient living quarters. Just about everyone who studies cities agrees decentralized rings of suburbs are a waste of time, energy, and… Continue reading What’s Missing In the Urban Density Debate

36 Collision GIFs to Make the Car Lobby Cringe

For wanting to ban cars – even from just dense city centers – I’ve been called an extremist. Of course, I’ve been called a number of things with little basis in fact. Studying cities going back thousands of years, it’s impossible to ignore the damage cars have done to our lives. We can go farther, faster, but at the loss of… Continue reading 36 Collision GIFs to Make the Car Lobby Cringe

Cedar Blocks and Devil Strips: Cycling the Streets of 1898

While perusing the tubes of the internet, I stumbled across a map labeled City of Detroit for Bicyclists, Showing Pavements. It was dated 1898. Visible were color-coded streets of the inner city, what today is known as Downtown, Midtown, Corktown, Eastern Market, and New Center. It’s widely known Detroit was the birth place of paved… Continue reading Cedar Blocks and Devil Strips: Cycling the Streets of 1898

‘Mad Max’ Is Here, and SHELL Is the Lord Humungus

It’s been almost a week since shit went down in Portland. In case you missed the news, a Shell ice-breaker bound for the arctic was blocked by hordes of kayaktivists, and a dozen or so dangling Greenpeace blockaders. For over forty hours, the icebreaker Fennica was detained under de facto citizen’s arrest, costing Shell several million dollars… Continue reading ‘Mad Max’ Is Here, and SHELL Is the Lord Humungus