Links for urbanists – No. 4Posted: September 29, 2011
Assorted links to some of the useful, the informative, the interesting, and sometimes even the slightly weird sources I stumble across from time-to-time:
- Ghosts of Manhattan’s Highline (and other traces of the past). Some commentary on historical opposition to elevated rail lines in NY
- Some people are very serious about No Far King Par King across their driveways!
- A brief economic explanation of peak oil
- Some links on the decline in car travel – The end of motoring and The road less travelled
- Plea to abolish train zones – from the Dandenong Leader
- US rail construction costs compared to some other places
- The magic formula for increasing transit ridership – make it hard and make it expensive to use cars
- The agglomeration benefits of Britain’s Crossrail project
- Loud s*x is a billion dollar problem
- Is Charles Darwin the real founder of economics?
- Trends in car occupancy in Australia
- Life in the fast lane – Melbourne’s laneways
- Psychogeography and the end of planning (this is about Reyner Banham and LA)
- Cities as hotels – would privately owned cities work?
- Understanding liveable city rankings
- The Bolt case is actually not the perfect opportunity to argue bravely for freedom of expression. The judgement by Bromberg J, with summary, is here.
- Higher density creates jobs and increases productivity. This report in the NY Times is adapted from a chapter in Ryan Avent’s new e-book, The Gated City. Here’s another extract, this time from The Atlantic. You can buy a copy of this excellent book to read on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Kindle for less than $2 from Amazon. I’m reading it on my iPhone in those idle moments (you don’t need a Kindle).
- A collection of reviews, comments and reactions to The Gated City, from Alex Tabarrok, Lloyd Alter (and again), Yonah Freemark, Chris Bradford, Peter Gordon, David Levinson, Jim Gleeson, and Randall O’Toole. Some follow-up comments by Ryan Avent: Urbanists and evidence; Jobs and density; Moving towards stagnation (audio); and Expensive real estate drives away people and jobs (video)
- Ryan Avent yet again, but this time reviewing the volume that started the intellectual e-book fashion, Tyler Cowen’s The great stagnation (I sought to download it for $4 from Amazon at the start of the year but was refused access – eventually got an ePub, but it was a torrent of trouble. Note that I had no territorial problems with Amazon when I bought The Gated City). Some further analysis by Noah Smith.
- Stephen Rowley reports on his visit to the village that inspired the New Urbanism, Seaside, Florida
- Architecture for developing countries – leave the ‘design’ attitude at home please
- More on the importance of density (or is it city size?) for innovation and productivity
- The perils of opening a store in Manhattan. “She also realized too late that people wouldn’t be inclined to buy a dozen Glassybabys, the way they do in Seattle, because they would have to carry them home. “In Seattle, everyone had cars so we never thought about it,” Ms. Rhodes said”