→ New RIPTA bus route proposed, coming right through Summit neighborhood [Summit Neighborhood Association]
Link shows a map of proposed routes. SNA is seeking comment and is deciding if they need to have a neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposed options.
My 2 cents, a bus route that serves Miriam directly is a good thing.
→ Investing in urban centers key to growing new U.S. economy: Brookings [International Business Times]
“When cities collect networks of entrepreneurial firms, smart people, universities and other supporting institutions in close proximity, incredible things happen,” [Bruce Katz, Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution] wrote.
“People engage. Specializations converge. Ideas collide and flourish. New inventions and processes emerge in research labs and on factory floors. New products and companies follow.”
→ The Silver Lining: 73 Percent of Transpo Ballot Measures Win [Streetsblog Capitol Hill]
Ready for some good news? Voters around the country got to decide on 29 transportation-related ballot initiatives yesterday. According to an analysis by the Center for Transportation Excellence, transportation advocates and reformers won 73 percent of them. If you add in other initiatives that passed earlier this year, the victory rate jumps to 77 percent.
→ Carmakers’ next problem: Generation Y [MSNBC]
…this generation also is thinking more than any other about the repercussions of driving, both in terms of the environment and our dependence on oil.
→ Vaclav Havel is dismayed by Prague’s sprawl [New Urban Network]
President of the Czech Republic speaking at the opening of the Forum 2000 conference:
“What was until recently clearly recognisable as the city is now losing its boundaries and with them its identity. It has become a huge overgrown ring of something I can’t find a word for. It is not a city as I understand the term, nor suburbs, let alone a village. Apart from anything else it lacks streets or squares. There is just a random scattering of enormous single-storey warehouses, supermarkets, hypermarkets, car and furniture marts, petrol stations, eateries, gigantic car parks, isolated high-rise blocks to be let as offices, depots of every kind, and collections of family homes that are admittedly close together but are otherwise desperately remote. And in between all that – and this is something that bothers me most of all – are large tracts of land that aren’t anything, by which I mean that they’re not meadows, fields, woods, jungle or meaningful human settlement.”
→ Getting These Cyclists to Use Helmets Is Like Tilting at Windmills [The Wall Street Journal]
I always wondered why no one in all the bike films I see about Amsterdam are ever wearing helmets. Turns out wearing helmets is uncool; uncool like German people are uncool.