Ability to walk in a safe, comfortable, and dignified manner…

The Real Reason Red America Loves Cars (Streetsblog USA), by Kea Wilson, Sept 3, 2021 Republican-leaning voters are more likely than Democrats to trade a walkable community for a large home, a new poll finds — but that result may say more about car culture’s stranglehold on the American imagination than how either group really wants to live. In a viral article for …

Bloomberg CityLab https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-08-13/can-courtyards-mount-a-comeback The idea of arranging housing around enclosed central spaces could find fresh applications in crowded urban areas like Manhattan, designers say. Elissaveta M. Brandon, August 13, 2021 The interior courtyards of New York City buildings have many lives. There is the private enclave for residents only. The lush garden so exclusive it’s off-limits even to residents. And then there are the hidden courtyards, those …

There is no mandatory federal crash-reporting standard and the standard that NHTSA recommends is deeply flawed and much is left up to officer discretion. We can fix this!

A recent study conducted by advocates in Portland, Ore., for instance, compiled law-enforcement data alongside hospital records, media reports, roadway measurements, and even manual inspection of adjacent land uses on Google Maps. Similar efforts are underway in San Francisco. Some advocates say the MMUCC should include many of those factors its next edition (2022) — and the burden of collecting the data should …

The latest U.N. climate report underscores a need for cities to reclaim roadways, get people back on public transit, and grow active mobility infrastructure

Curbing climate change requires an end to driving in cities, Smart Cities Dive, Aug. 13, 2021, by Wayne Ting Wayne Ting is CEO of micromobility company Lime. On Monday morning, we awoke to a highly anticipated, but alarming, landmark report. The United Nations’ climate panel issued a “code red for humanity” stemming from the severe threat of human-caused climate change. The report …

There could be 2 billion parking stalls in the US, in L.A. that’s more land area than housing. In Des Moines there are 19 spaces per household. In Jackson WY it is 27 spaces per household, costing over $192K per household. Parking covers 5 percent of the US, often empty, lost potential.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/11/27/parking-dominates-our-cities-but-do-we-really-see-it I’m gonna start this one out with a bold thesis: Parking is the dominant physical feature of the postwar American city. Not homes. Not strip malls. Not streets, highways, or stroads. Parking. We have a lot of the stuff. A few superlatives can express the sheer amount: There are somewhere between 800 million and 2 billion parking stalls in …

Arts and culture in just transition organizing

Excerpt, Common Dreams, May 2021, https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/14/arts-and-culture-just-transition A central feature of the failed neoliberal experiment was the understanding that inequality of wealth and rights was accepted as a feature and force of economic growth, as Shoshanna Zuboff articulated in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. In fact, our neoliberal economic system requires a continual supply of cheap land, natural resources, and labor to generate never …

Community task force report calls for the prohibition of the “use of riot gear, weapons and militarized approaches or responses during peaceful protests or demonstrations” along with over 100 other recommendations

Westword, 5/25/21 On May 21, a community-led task force established in the wake of the Denver Police Department‘s heavy-handed response to the George Floyd protests issued a series of recommendations that could transform the City of Denver’s approach to public safety. “Our goal is to create a community-based public-safety model that protects and heals the community from centuries of violence and …

Is Free Public Transit an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

By SANDY SMITH, Next City, MAY 19, 2021 New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is one of several large public-transit agencies contemplating a fare-free future. (Photo by Adjoajo/CC BY-SA 4.0) The debate over transportation equity has heated up, given the sharp change in transit-rider demographics once the COVID-19 pandemic took most whiter and wealthier riders off of buses and (especially) …

How To Design Life-Saving, Low-Speed Zones

By Nikita Luke and Siba El-Samra, May 24, 2021 This piece originally appeared on City Fix. https://usa.streetsblog.org/2021/05/24/how-to-design-life-saving-low-speed-zones/ As the COVID-19 pandemic has altered urban landscapes and pushed many people toward active mobility, there’s increased urgency to make roads safer for walking and cycling. Many cities are now tasked with protecting more vulnerable users in addition to creating safe public spaces that will enable economic …

Access and 20 minute neighborhoods

Ann Arbor, Mich., has set a goal of having 100 percent of residents live in 20-minute neighborhoods by 2030. For now, the 12 percent of residents who don’t have access to a car are at a big disadvantage — 109,000 jobs can be reached within a 20-minute drive, but only 30,000 jobs are within a 20-minute walk or transit ride. …