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The Tale of Mr. TOD Once upon a time, Mr. Tod arrived in New York. And the rest was not yet history. The tale is still, obviously, unfolding. Will Mr. Tod be able to create mobile, accessible, and affordable neighborhoods? Or will Mr. Tod only support luxury? Mr. Tod, of course, is Mr. Transit-Oriented Development. He’s more and more popular these […]

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(Re)New Your City, New York City: European Best Practices for NYC

After waiting for three trains to enter and to leave Fulton Street before I could fit inside (there were delays), I had one more example to use when explaining why we need better public transportation. But what does better transportation mean? It depends on our geography, our culture, our economy, our politics, and our history. […]

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Are we closer to utopia?

Last century, architects and urban planners had to deal with the fact that vehicles were rapidly increasing their presence in cities. To solve the relationship between cars and pedestrians, some proposed to separate them. A relevant example of these urban planners was Clarence Perry, who developed a concept in the early 1900’s called the “Neighborhood Unit” […]

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Accessibility and Transit

There was a recent article in City Limits: Disabled Say Non-Mayoral Agencies Also Fail, which is definitely worth taking a look at. It brought up a number of thoughts about how transportation and emergency planning work. This particular paragraph stuck with me for a bit… The MTA argues that upgrading New York’s ancient subway system necessarily […]

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Industries and Urban Form: categorizing businesses by proximity and speed

With the growth of form-based and performance-based zoning, specific land use restrictions are beginning to fall to the wayside, and this is becoming especially relevant for urban industrial areas. As technology continues to improve and existing performance standards are met or bettered, it seems increasingly less relevant to plan for a specific industrial use. The problem […]

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Walkers (the living non-zombie ones): part 2

Walkers: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 Apologies for the delay in this follow up to my previous Walker post… I have been mulling over what I learned in the Walking & the Life of the City Symposium and trying to figure out how that information can be transformed into useful knowledge to design a more walkable […]

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URBAN NATION: Ensuring Fair Transit Options for the Elderly and Disabled – Next American City

A couple of months ago I injured my foot and was treating myself, in a manner of speaking, to a ride on each of the elevators at the Brooklyn Bridge /City Hall subway station. I waited with a young man in a wheel chair and as we speculated as to whether the elevator was working, […]

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