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"Today we often forget that prior to World War II, every city in America was built for easy walking and biking. In fact, the idea of living in a walkable place is nothing radical. What was radical was the program we undertook to build an entirely new type of human life. We built networks of roadways and freeways like nothing any society had ever seen before. We tore down entire neighborhoods to accommodate these roads as well as the parking lots and garages required by the cars that would travel these roads; at the same time, we ripped out the tracks for streetcars and trains."

 

Kevin Klinkenberg on the journey we’ve taken to create unwalkable Cities.

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mishasminions:

idon-tevenwantoknow:

THERE’S TIMES WHEN I WANT A RUSTIC CABIN IN THE WOODS AWAY FROM ALL SOCIETYimage

THEN THERE’S TIMES WHEN I WANT A MODERN ASS HOUSE image

THEN I’M LIKE I’LL ACCEPT NOTHING MORE THAN A VICTORIAN MANOR
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THEN I WANT A PENTHOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF NEW YORK
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THEN I WANT ONE OF THOSE HOUSE MADE OUT SHIPPING CONTAINERSimage

THEN I WANT A FRENCH CHATEAUimage

BUT I ALSO WANT A TREE HOUSEimage

AND FALLINGWATER image

AND A LITTLE COTTAGE ON THE OCEANimage

HOUSES ARE SO COOL


I WANT ALL OF THESE

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"Public transit is far from the only thing that makes for a shorter commute. As those economists found, it’s also a question of sprawl. City design and transit go hand in hand: it’s easier to design a public transit system that efficiently connects people in a more compact city than in a big one."

Suburban sprawl and bad transit can crush opportunity for the poor | Vox, 7/23/14 (via atlurbanist)

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takepart:

These teens are kicking fast food to the curb in the most awesome way!

To quote James Kunstler: “Tragic Clowns.”

takepart:

These teens are kicking fast food to the curb in the most awesome way!

To quote James Kunstler: “Tragic Clowns.”

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"You look around and there is an oil spill just about everyday, but we can’t put up a wind turbine because it might kill a bird or it might be ugly."

— Robert Kulick, president of CRESIT Energy, on the challenges of creating a wind power revolution in Detroit.  (via ladyjoestar)

We need artisanal wind turbines! Make them look cool! Then a wind turbine is a value add on the aesthetic side! We might also re-imagine some shared uses of the wind farms: bicycle tracks, pool/spa resorts, etc.

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atlurbanist:

"4 Requirements for a Bikeable Community"  — cool graphic on from good.

Four part bicycle plan. That’s right: 4 parts! (Not just safety.)

atlurbanist:

"4 Requirements for a Bikeable Community"  — cool graphic on from good.

Four part bicycle plan. That’s right: 4 parts! (Not just safety.)

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takepart:

This coffee shop may be the ultimate getaway

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homebru:

cadenced:

From Project for Public Spaces.


Word.
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thisiscitylab:


If real estate developers don’t want to miss out on the next big thing, they should focus on “walkable urban places,” or “WalkUPs,” according to a new report from LOCUS, a coalition of real estate investors that’s part of Smart Growth America. LOCUS found that rents for commercial spaces in walkable districts inside otherwise car-dependent suburbs command a 74 percent premium over non-walkable areas. The researchers argue that this is symptomatic of an ongoing societal shift.
“The last time we saw a structural change like this was back in the ’40s and ’50s,” said Christopher Leinberger, one of the authors of the report. “It’s going to take 20 to 30 years to catch up with pent-up demand.”

-Making the Real Estate Case for ‘Walkable Urban Places’
[Image: Flickr/BeyondDC]


In any context, walkable neighborhoods make sense! Health, housing, construction, energy efficiency, city resources, etc Here’s the case for… retail realty.

thisiscitylab:

If real estate developers don’t want to miss out on the next big thing, they should focus on “walkable urban places,” or “WalkUPs,” according to a new report from LOCUS, a coalition of real estate investors that’s part of Smart Growth America. LOCUS found that rents for commercial spaces in walkable districts inside otherwise car-dependent suburbs command a 74 percent premium over non-walkable areas. The researchers argue that this is symptomatic of an ongoing societal shift.

“The last time we saw a structural change like this was back in the ’40s and ’50s,” said Christopher Leinberger, one of the authors of the report. “It’s going to take 20 to 30 years to catch up with pent-up demand.”

-Making the Real Estate Case for ‘Walkable Urban Places’

[Image: Flickr/BeyondDC]

In any context, walkable neighborhoods make sense! Health, housing, construction, energy efficiency, city resources, etc Here’s the case for… retail realty.

(via homebru)

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These 3-D Printed Houses From China Appear In Just A Few Hours

They won’t win any beauty contest, but a Chinese company has figured out how to print practical homes from waste materials—all for half the cost of conventional construction.

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via fastcompany:

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