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The Silos of the Status Quo

Strong Towns looks at the absurdity of having separate city departments of transportation and land-use planning, which often end up directly at odds with each other, even when they’re both doing their jobs.  In Boulder this dynamic has been bad … Continue reading

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Even The Economist thinks cars are in decline

Don’t Expect Driving Rates to Rise Again, says that eco-leftist rag… The Economist.  People don’t want to spend more than 30 minutes each way commuting, and you just can’t give very many people access to that much opportunity within 30 … Continue reading

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Land Value Capture and City Finance

A long post about urban infrastructure finance via “Land Value Capture” from Next American City.  The general idea is that the provision of public goods — roads, sidewalks, transit lines, sewers, utility lines, etc — adds value to the property … Continue reading

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Parking in Portland

Many new apartment complexes in Portland have no parking, because many of their residents have no cars, and building parking spaces would bump rent from $750 to $1200.  Cities that don’t require you to drive are often more affordable than … Continue reading

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How far will we walk?

How far will we walk to go somewhere depends on the quality of the walking experience.  An obvious conclusion maybe, but one that bears repeating.  In central Paris or Rome, folks will regularly walk 5 miles a day, and enjoy … Continue reading

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The Joy of Slow Cities

It’s entirely possible that in The Future, we’ll come to realize that slower cities are better than fast.  A city in which the fastest thing on the street is a bicycle is a place for living, for being, for enjoying … Continue reading

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The Death of the Fringe Suburb

News of Suburbia’s demise reaches the New York Times Op-Ed pages.  Let’s hope someone out there allocating federal transportation dollars is reading.

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Revisiting Junction Place, the TVAP and Multi-Way Boulevards

Last fall I and other representatives from Community Cycles participated in a discussion with the city and various stakeholders regarding upcoming redevelopment along Pearl Parkway.  I wrote about the experience and the Transit Village Area Plan (TVAP) more generally from the … Continue reading

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Location Efficiency More Important than Home Energy Efficiency

How important is Location Efficiency?  Median US home price: $175k.  With a traditional 20% down 30 year mortgage, total loan payments amount to about $350k.  Utilities over the same timeframe are around $75k.  And the cost of commuting from suburbia?  … Continue reading

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Major developer to build car-free micro-homes in Portland

DR Horton, which has built nearly 20,000 mostly suburban homes across the US, is now pitching cozily downsized car-free living in SE Portland.  It’s a development called Division 43, made up of 29 units, in 2-3 story buildings, on one … Continue reading

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