New urbanism is a Conservative value

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/08/15 @ 3:00pm

New urbanism may be a Conservative value, but how do we get that to translate into a productive conversation and a signal that the private market recognizes?

<br />Sulphur Springs, Texas after Toole Design Group and Ian Lockwood converted a parking lot into a public space.<br />The dead spot in Sulphur Springs, Texas before it was reimagined.

California calling: A new citizen's agenda for transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/04/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

California has started a national conversation about transportation as a place not a speed.

<br />A street in the West Village of New York would probably earn an F on the LOS scale, making it illegal to build today.<br />This is what good Level of Service looks like to a pedestrian in University Circle at the intersection of Stokes and Chester. <br />University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study is upfront about how improving streets for walking and biking will grade on the LOS scale.

Does Northeast Ohio need a "recovering engineers" club?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/01/15 @ 11:15am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

There are a lot of professed “recovering traffic engineers” at this year’s Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) happening in Dallas. It’s a nice bit of self-deflection because this is a safe zone for engineers and developers to profess full throated support for “building places people love” as the CNU tag line goes.

West Palm before<br />A derelict building before West Palm Beach started reimagining its streets and places.West Palm after<br />The same place today is a vibrant, public placeRecovering engineers eye exam<br />Ian Lockwood developed this chart to check engineers speak and community values.

Think small: How Tactical Urbanism plans to help cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/15 @ 12:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Jason Roberts is standing before a seated assembly in a vacant storefront in the hipster enclave of Deep Ellum, Dallas a few miles from Oak Cliff where he first acted on an idea to reverse decades of decline on a derelict city block. Roberts thinks he’s cracked the code on what unloved city streets need; if not to change the...

<br />One of the first Better Block pop ups in Oak Cliff, Dallas from 2010.

The rational business decision to destabilize the Earth's climate

David Beach  |  04/24/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

If we are to have any hope of stabilizing the Earth’s climate so our children will have a tolerable future, most fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground unburned. Fossil fuel companies, however, have other plans.

Stranded assets?<br />What will happen if most of the oil, gas, and coal has to remain in the ground? (Photo from 350.org)

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