I love this. I’ve always wanted someone to do a giant Rhode Island Red sculpture somewhere in Providence. Someone please do that.
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…as imagined in 1988.
In 1988 the Los Angeles Times Magazine took a look into the far future to imagine what life would be like in the Los Angeles of 2013. This is what they saw.
Los Angeles Times: No robots in our homes, but many predictions about 2013 come true
“‘Justice has been served!’ declares the man who helped police in Cleveland nab a woman who had been driving up on a sidewalk many mornings to get around a stopped school bus with children on board.”
The Seattle Transit Blog reports that Amazon.com, which is building a shiny new headquarters complex in Downtown Seattle, plans to buy that city a new streetcar vehicle for service on an existing line and provide funding for shorter headway service.
The overall proposal includes $5.5 million of support for the Seattle Streetcar. This funding will allow the City to purchase an additional streetcar vehicle and increase operational support for 10 years as a part of the Planned Community Development benefit package. In total, these benefits will increase street car service to every ten minutes during the workday.
They will also be building other pedestrian and cycling enhancements in the area. Apparently all this is in exchange for the taking of a number of public alleys the company needs to construct it’s headquarters.
Imagine if we called on developers to give concessions to receive zoning variances and street abandonments.
Great video projection on the Sydney Opera House.
Completed by the City in August 2010, the modifications have produced the following results:
- Reduced collisions by 23 percent over a one-year period (compared to the previous five-year average)
- Motorists traveling over the speed limit have declined by more than 60 percent
- Top-end speeders (people traveling 10 or more miles over the speed limit) have fallen by 90 percent
- The 85th percentile speed dropped from 40 mph and 44 mph westbound and eastbound to 33 mph and 33 Westbound and Eastbound. This is an 18 and a 24% reduction in speed.
- Traffic volumes remain roughly the same with no evidence of traffic diversion.
So LIKE for street safety and LIKE for Nickerson Street being a safer place now!
For 84 years, the Fort Steuben Bridge linked the communities of Steubenville, Ohio, and Weirton, West Virginia.
On Tuesday, it went down like a sack of flaming potatoes.
More info at The Atlantic Cities.
I wish we had an invisible roller coaster in Providence.
Medellín, Columbia has installed this escalator as a form of public transit in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. As reported by the BBC, the escalator is built in 6 parts and climbs 1,260 feet. Before the $7million project the neighborhood’s residents spent on average a half hour to climb the hill; with the escalator the climb takes 5 minutes.
College Hill anyone?
And don’t forget, the best thing about an escalator is, “An escalator can never break–it can only become stairs. You would never see an ‘Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order’ sign, just ‘Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience. We apologize for the fact that you can still get up there.'”
See also: Transportation Nation
Really like the new signs at the Biltmore Garage on Washington Street. To celebrate the new signs, the garage is giving away free parking passes. Visit In Downcity for more photos and more information about the free parking.
Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Director of the Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein (pictured, center with CTA President Forrest Claypool at left), announced today the installation of real-time tracking of buses at bus stops in that city.
It just goes without saying that I like this, right?
There is a very good reason why train stations have clocks, it is so you can know how long you have before your train arrives. So the fact that each clock on the clock tower at the Providence Train Station has displayed a different time for the better part of forever has been a terrible embarrassment.
So thank goodness, the clocks are finally fixed. The above photo was sent in from Cliff Wood at 9 o’clock this morning. This is almost as exciting as when the escalators were finally fixed.
Why oh why do we not have one of these here!?
If you’re like me, you love maps (and ice cream, and gin & tonic, and Law & Order UK). And if you love maps, you’re gonna love the DC Metro Map redesign contest being hosted at Greater Greater Washington.
Metro is working now on new Silver Line service which will eventually reach Dulles Airport in Virginia also, new rush hour services are being introduced. These changes prompted the redesign contest.
Lego train with automatic opening doors.
Wharf Clothing & Wares is moving into the space where Design Within Reach used to be on Westminster Street at Eddy Street. Wharf currently operates a shop in Warwick and may or may not keep that shop open once the Providence location is complete, according to a posting on their blog (the link above).