These are some of the snow photos our readers shared in our Flickr Group. Add yours and we’ll post them here too.
Updated with some more photos, keep ‘em coming!
I mentioned earlier in the comments section of the post about the announcement of the Bike and Pedestrian Commission that I had been asked to join the Commission, but figure I should do a separate post so people know.
The Commission is being run out of the Office of Sustainability with a member of the Planning Department staff also attending and advising our meetings. We had an informal meeting this past Monday to be sworn in by the Mayor, get to know each other, discuss some of the responsibilities we have as Commission members, work to set a rough agenda, and set up our schedule of upcoming meetings.
Our first official public meeting will be Monday, August 13th at 4pm (location to be determined still). After that our meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday of the month at 4pm.
I’ll be posting schedules and updates on the meetings as they happen.
I was also waiting to see if there was a better photo to use before posting about this.
→ Shipping Containers & Shopping – London’s ‘Retail Revolution’ Finally Opens [This Big City]
London’s first pop-up shopping mall has finally opened, after originally being slated for a Summer launch. Located in east London, at the intersection of Bethnal Green Road and Shoreditch High Street, ‘Boxpark‘ is made entirely from reused shipping containers and has been called a ‘retail revolution’ by its owners. I paid a visit last week to see if it lives up to this ambitious statement.
Route 195 land?
→The wisdom of crowds – The strange but extremely valuable science of how pedestrians behave [The Economist]
Messrs Helbing and Moussaid are at the cutting edge of a youngish field: understanding and modelling how pedestrians behave. Its purpose is not mere curiosity. Understanding pedestrian flows makes crowd events safer: knowing about the propensity of different nationalities to step in different directions could, for instance, matter to organisers of an event such as a football World Cup, where fans from various countries mingle. The odds of collisions go up if they do not share a reflex to move to one side. In a packed crowd, that could slow down lots of people.
→ Street Furniture in Guangzhou [UrbanPhoto]
It turns out Hong Kong has got nothing on Guangzhou. In that city’s ancient Liwan District, where leafy, winding streets are lined by family-run wholesale businesses, just about every shop has a jumble of tables and chairs outside. They’re used for meals, boisterous card games and, in the middle of the afternoon, a kind of furtive siesta. (Unlike in southern Europe, most businesses in southeastern Asia don’t close in the afternoon – workers just sleep on the job.)
→ Local bike paths mean higher house prices [Crikey]
On April Fool’s Day Fairfax Media posted a video affirming that the new inner Sydney cycleways have had a positive effect on property prices. It was no joke. It seems that having a bikeway right outside your front door is good for your health and the value of your house.