Author Archives: Zane Selvans

Hamburg’s Car Free Greenway Network

There have been a bunch of links floating around recently about the German city of Hamburg’s plans to “go car free” in the next 15-20 years.  For example this BBC Future article which references this post on Inhabitat, which then … Continue reading

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The Growth Ponzi Scheme

A great series of 5 posts from Charles Mahron at Strong Towns on how the suburban growth pattern we’ve seen in the US for the last 60 years is indistinguishable from a growth Ponzi scheme.  We use federal (or sometimes … Continue reading

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Hassalo on 8th: A Bicycle Superblock in Portland

I have some urban envy: a development under construction in the Lloyd neighborhood of Portland called Hassalo on 8th (almost like you’d buy it at Ikea…) has 657 apartments, 1,200 bike parking spaces, and 328 (underground) car parking spaces on … Continue reading

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Why Your Big Move to the Big City May Be Your Last

Moving to the city seems to be a one-way trip, and a couple of new studies sheds some light on why. People re-normalize risks that they are exposed to on a regular basis, while often over-estimating novel risks.  Driving is … Continue reading

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New Walkscore and Location Affordability Tools

A couple of already pretty awesome publicly available tools for looking at transportation, land-use, and affordability have just gotten big upgrades, which is wonderful as Boulder heads into updating its Transportation Master Plan and the comprehensive housing strategy discussion over … Continue reading

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Groningen: The World’s Cycling City

Streetfilms shows us what a real cycling city looks like, in the Dutch university town of Groningen: I can’t help but laugh and sigh whenever someone touts Boulder as a “world class cycling city”.  We are so, so far from … Continue reading

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Reject the Annexation of Hogan-Pancost

Dear City Council, I strongly urge you to reject the annexation of the Hogan-Pancost property. A huge proportion of Boulder is already zoned for low-density single-family residential land use. This type of land use — especially when it is at … Continue reading

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Electric Bikes on Boulder’s Paths

The last year has seen a flurry of Letters to the Editor in the Daily Camera from cyclists and pedestrians alike, frustrated at each others behavior on the Boulder Creek Path, and other well used parts of our path network.  … Continue reading

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graphing parking

Graphing Parking is a site dedicated to visualizing the wonkery laid out in Don Shoup’s tome The High Cost of Free Parking.  It maps out visually the requirements that different cities have for parking associated with various land uses all … Continue reading

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Oregon Road User Fee

Since 2001 Oregon has been exploring ways to fund transportation using a use fee.  Sometimes called a VMT (vehicle miles traveled) tax, this kind of funding mechanism is much more equitable than the current combination of gas and sales taxes … Continue reading

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