→ Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy [The New York Times]
While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars. The methods vary, but the mission is clear – to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
→ Some local greens on the Greenway [Boston.com]
A public food market in downtown Boston will feature up to 100 vendors of fish, produce, wine, cheese, and other local products in a facility that will feel more like a bustling European bazaar than a grocery store, according to an operating plan released by the state yesterday.
After years of false starts and dead ends, state agricultural officials unveiled a detailed layout and financial plan for the market that will operate out of a state-owned building on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway near Faneuil Hall and the Haymarket pushcart vendors.
Two words: Kennedy Plaza.
Two more words: The Arcade
→ Are Speed Limit Signs a Cost-Effective Strategy to Manage Urban Speeds and Implement 20MPH “Living Streets”? [New Haven Safe Streets Coalition]
Studies have proven that 20 MPH speed zones have a dramatic impact on reducing the level of pedestrian injury. Slower street speeds are also associated with benefits such as more social connections, a stronger sense of community, reduced noise and stress levels, higher property values, more accessible walking and better conditions for bicycling. Unfortunately, citywide traffic calming projects, such as those created in many European cities over the past 30 years, can take many years or even decades to roll out across an entire city. So how can cities move forward on creating these zones in a more cost-effective way?
→ James Howard Kunstler: Back to the Future A road map for tomorrow’s cities [Orion Magazine]
Sometimes Kunstler can be far to grating and his personality can obliviate his message, which is usually important. However the issues he’s been raising lately require bluntness. This article is well worth the read. Plus the city of the future he is advocating is our City State.