Anyone else ready for the Transportation Bill to be finished? I know I am. But folks like Charlie Hales, currently with HDR Engineering but soon to be running for Mayor of Portland, seem to be happy with what we've gotten out of this administration so far. Over $400 million for streetcars via TIGER and Urban Circulator grants? Sure, we'll take it, even if it is a system somewhat held together with chewing gum and bailing wire as Charlie states in this interview from CNU 19 in Madison.
John Robert Smith, President and CEO of Reconnecting America, hails from Meridian Mississippi. As the former Mayor, he saw how even a small city of 40,000 can be the center of a much larger region, providing services for over 350,000 people. It might give us a little bit of a different perspective when it comes to smaller cities and urban areas.
Following up on his discussion of Santa Monica deciding to take their congestion issue head on, Jeff Tumlin talks about why Santa Monica has the best collection of walkable commercial districts on the West Coast, rivaling San Francisco and Oakland, and how parts of Santa Monica can increase access to them. Additionally, you'll get a little dirt on the mobility of Hollywood producers in the 30s and 40s.
Not everywhere is going to have fixed guideway transit, and in the past we've discussed why it's important to think about frequency as an important part of planning for TOD. In this discussion from CNU 19 in Madison, Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio in Austin talks about how the urban form needs to be right before the transit goes in.
The streets have been so dangerous for so long that until recently only a certain type of cyclist was brave enough to ride them. In order to get more people to use bikes as a main transportation mode, we need to design streets and cycleways with the other riders in mind. In this interview from CNU 19 in Madison, Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative discusses the who makes up the different types of riders that ride the streets.
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.
Erin Christensen works in Seattle for a company called Mithun. They do all kinds of cool stuff including district plans that focus on sustainability goals for water, habitat, and energy. In this discussion recorded at CNU 19, Erin talks about an affordable housing project in Minneapolis and the Living Building Challenge.