Norman Garrick, CNU Board Member and professor at the University of Connecticut, has been looking at street networks for a number of years now. When living in Davis California, he noticed it was a bit safer even though there were many more pedestrians and cyclists. After more research, it became apparent that denser more connected street networks were safer. In this discussion we had at CNU 19, he discusses how street networks affect safety.
Given all the talk about Privitization that seems to have hit a fever pitch lately, bringing about suppporters and detractors, we thought it would be apt to bring this discussion we had with Yonah Freemark (Transport Politic) to the front of the line. We ask him what he thought about Mica's plan and he had some pretty strong sentiments about the value of the asset that is the Northeast Corridor.
Jeff Tumlin is a Principle at Nelson Nygaard in San Francisco focusing on sustainable transportation and urban development. In a recent project, they focused on getting Santa Monica to embrace thier congestion issues rather than insulate themselves from the problem by focusing on a no growth strategy. In the discussion below, Jeff talks about how they addressed the issue and got the city to think about thier future.
CNU 19 was full of amazing people including developers, transportation leaders, and folks who focus on greener development. Tom Low has been in this game for a while, focusing on how development can integrate more intelligently with the land below. The main point of this is infrastructure and Tom's book and philosophy are called Light Imprint.
One of my favorite if not all out depressing CNU plenary speeches was from Robert Caro in Austin. It was a moving discussion about the impact that Robert Moses had one New York City. In Madison, we asked CNU President John Norquist about Robert Caro and the discussion turned to congestion. He states that if the USDOT wants to see a model of successful congestion mitigation, all they need to do is look up at Detroit. Check it out.
CNU 19 in Madison was chock full of bloggers. It was exciting to meet folks that write some of my favorite blogs including Tim DeChant, Jarrett Walker and Sam Newberg. It's always interesting to meet people in person and see thier faces rather than thier logos.
At CNU 19 in Madison we caught up with Charlie Hales, Senior VP at HDR and Portland mayoral candidate, and had him discuss what it takes to get transit development to happen. It's a perfect storm of advocacy, business community support, political leadership, and coordination between all the planning organizations that are going to make the project happen. What do you think?
We're back from CNU 19 in Madison, Wisconsin and learned a lot from our colleagues in the field. We've got quite a bit of footage so we're going to be releasing a new video each day over the next few weeks of folks we talked to at the conference. So stay tuned for interviews from some great urban thinkers.
While there are a lot of typologies created around rapid transit networks that only include rail in this country, that doesn't mean we can't plan land uses around frequent bus service. In fact, in this video below CTOD Director Sam Zimbabwe discusses (go ahead and click!, it's less than a minute of your time) the need to focus not on the transit technology but the transit service frequency when thinking about how to change land uses.
Continuing with the second video about Typologies, Sam Zimbabwe discusses what cities and regions need to think about before creating a typology. What are the goals? Is it affordable housing? Is it access? Increased development? Check out what Sam has to say, and stay tuned for more!