Tootling [The New Yorker]
“At twenty [mph], you’d actually save time,” King said. “Going forty miles per hour doesn’t change your position in the next queue, at the next traffic lights.”
“You’re right,” DeCarlo said, and he nodded. “I’m a firm believer that, whether you do twenty or fifty-five, you’re going to get to the same place at the same time.”
New York Expands Pop-Up Cafe Program in 2011 [The Architect’s Newspaper]
The concept is simple: street space is limited and valuable. To that end, New York has been evaluating whether the highest and best use for street space along narrow sidewalks is storing cars. Like a glorified Park(ing) Day spot made (semi-)permanent and held on high, these pop-up cafÃƒÂ©s invite pedestrians to imagine their city in new ways.
Dreyfus Tees Up Center Leg Freeway [DC Mud]
Washington, DC developers plan to deck 3 blocks of the Central Leg Freeway which separates the city. When they are done, they are welcome to come to Route 95 in Providence.
Pedestrians take to the streets; motorists learn to coexist [New Urban Network]
Monderman advocated getting rid of the welter of traffic signs, pavement striping, and other devices intended to regulate conflicting modes of traffic. He believed that human beings Ã¢â‚¬â€ whether in motor vehicles, on bikes, or using their own two feet Ã¢â‚¬â€ could intuitively adjust their movement and manage to cross the streets and squares safely.
Monderman operated mainly in small towns, where traffic tended to be light. There it was fairly easy to count on pedestrians and motorists to keep an eye on one another, thus avoiding accidents. By contrast, Hamilton-Baillie has introduced the shared-space idea to streets in the center of a great metropolis Ã¢â‚¬â€ London.
US shared space: Starting small [New Urban Network]
Cambridge created two shared-space streets, both in 2008. The first was on Winthrop Street adjoining Winthrop Park, not far from Harvard Square. It’s a narrow, minor street near restaurants. People were already walking in the street, so it was a natural to be officially designated a shared space. A sign identifies it as shared by pedestrians and vehicles, with a posted speed limit of 10 mph.