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Should trailer parks be trashed?

Should trailer parks be trashed?

With declining affordability we need to take a flexible approach to alternative housing options. We can learn from trailer parks; they're an important and sought-after housing option in the US

An Assange of links for urbanists

An Assange of links for urbanists

A tea kettle that looks like Hitler, the resurgence of McMansions, once upon a time there really was an all-powerful bicycle lobby, the claims for light rail and bicycle helmets might be over-blown, explaining New Urbanism, low-tech driverless cars....

Which design will residents like?

Which design will residents like?

Over at Walkable DFW, there’re two collections of photographs of new detached dwellings recently constructed in post-Katrina New Orleans. One group shows dwellings designed or inspired by new urbanists and the other dwellings designed by architecture enthusiast Brad Pitt’s Make It Right program. One’s architecturally innovative and one’s traditional and cutesy pie. One has the […]

Is “per passenger km” the right metric for comparing modes?

Is “per passenger km” the right metric for comparing modes?

It might seem intuitively obvious that any comparisons between cars and public transport should be on a “per kilometre” basis. After all, as Steven Smith at Market Urbanism points out, “people take trips of varying length, and longer trips are more expensive than shorter trips, so the desire to standardize and compare makes us want […]

Would Seaside work in outer suburban Melbourne?

Would Seaside work in outer suburban Melbourne?

When I first saw pictures of Seaside many years ago, I imagined that’s what the outer suburbs of Melbourne could look like one day. Click on the picture and go for a “walk” around the Florida village that had a key role in inspiring the New Urbanism movement. Seaside is famous – you might know it from […]

Are cul-de-sacs a dead end?

Are cul-de-sacs a dead end?

The New Urbanism hates cul-de-sacs – they’re emblematic of much that’s wrong with car-oriented suburban cities, including poor walkability, low transit provision, long travel distances, “excessive” demand for privacy, and even low social capital. I might be in a minority, but I’m an admirer of cul-de-sacs. They’ve been around for thousands of years for good […]

Why do inner city residents walk and tram to work?

Why do inner city residents walk and tram to work?

There is a strong correlation between density and the use of more sustainable transport modes in the inner city, but density is not the key driver - proximity to the CBD, good public transport, traffic congestion and high socioeconomic status are more significant factors

Stop making sense!

Stop making sense!

David Byrne on bicycles, Atlanta’s sprawl and burying highways. On New York: “If I had a magic wand — ahhh, that’s easy — I’d bury the highways, as they’ve done in some other cities. The West Side Highway and the FDR would both go underground, with parks on top that link the city and its […]

Are cul de sacs a curse?

Are cul de sacs a curse?

One of the tenets of new urbanism is that streets should be laid out in a rectilinear grid to maximise connectivity i.e. to minimise public transport and walking distances. This research project in Seattle seems to confirm the wisdom of that principle. It compared the distance travelled by residents of two neighbourhoods and found that […]