The mayor of London, Boris Johnson is braced for a standoff with Bob Crow's RMT trade union after his Transport for London authority confirmed it is considering introducing driverless trains on the tube network... Read On
An entire industry has arisen dedicated to the concept of “Placemaking”, which recognizes that an agglomeration of activities and amenities is a critical aspect of an urban experience. Placemaking is a term that began to be used in the 1970s by architects and planners to describe the process of creating squares, plazas, parks, streets, and waterfronts that will attract people because they are pleasurable or interesting. While widely discussed with anecdotal evidence, to date there has been little if any substantive analysis of the marginal impact of the amenities associated with an urban experience on achievable pricing. This study addresses the missing substantive evidence of the relationship between a range of urban amenities and pricing.
An investment team including former basketball star Magic Johnson announced a $17.5 million assist to build a 1.6 million-square-foot planned community across from the Dorsey MARC station planned by Lutherville's Preston Capital Management.... Read On
Gas prices in the U.S. continue to escalate and could hit $4.25 by Memorial Day, according to some projections. These spikes tend to hit smaller communities and rural areas particularly hard, as residents and businesses must travel farther and use more energy during daily activities... Read On
There's a brief but fascinating discussion on Market Urbanism between Scott Johnson (who comments here and on many other blogs as EngineerScotty) and Stephen Smith about the difference between formal eating in American suburbia and traditional cities... Read On
A new feasibility study into extending trams to Crystal Palace has been launched by Transport for London (TfL). But Mayor of London Boris Johnson has made it clear there is no money available to actually build anything yet... Read On
Kansas City is about to dive back into the rail issue, this time
with a shorter, less-expensive plan to build a streetcar line with
stimulus money. City Councilman Russ Johnson's office announced
Friday that his transportation committee will hear a plan for a
streetcar line from Crown Center to the River Market area.....
Compared to Chicago's modest and rather mundane plan for capping the expressway trench west of downtown with a one-block park, the one that Chicago architects Ralph Johnson and Todd Snapp let loose eight years ago is visionary--and, in all likelihood, prohibitively expensive... Read On
The demand for transit across the US is growing, and more and more transit corridors are being built every year. In 2010, 106 regions had proposed over 600 transit projects, with estimated costs for two-thirds of those projects totaling $233 billion. This growing demand for transit has increased the need to understand how planning a transit corridor can result in not only successful transportation outcomes but also successful land use and equity outcomes.