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Angie Schmitt 🚶‍♀️🚴‍♀️ 🚌 on Twitter: "If Uber and Lyft just went away over night (🤞🏼), vehicle traffic would decline 7% in D.C., 13% in San Francisco and 8% in Suffolk County (Boston). That is insane. https://t.co/jU46WKF2Bo" /
“If Uber and Lyft just went away over night (🤞🏼), vehicle traffic would decline 7% in D.C., 13% in San Francisco and 8% in Suffolk County (Boston).
That is insane.
https://medium.com/uber-under-the-hood/learning-more-about-how-our-roads-are-used-today-bde9e352e92c

Before anyone starts trying to mansplain Lyft and Uber to me, I know my shit.
Please read this first, which responds to all the common defenses of Uber and explains why, actually, no, it’s still bad.
https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/02/04/all-the-bad-things-about-uber-and-lyft-in-one-simple-list/

Uber and Lyft are used by poor people without alternatives! No. [image]

People use Uber and Lyft because transit is bad! NO.
People use Uber and Lyft almost exclusively where transit is GOOD.
Everywhere else, people mostly own their own cars have no use for Lyft except airport, maybe night of drinking if they have $$$$. [image]

The people who are clogging up our most congested cities in Uber and Lyfts are wealthy consultant types billing their companies and otherwise lots of them would be on the train. Bottom line.

Uber and Lyft help people with disabilities! Disabilities rights advocates had to sue them to even get them to accommodate wheelchairs. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
https://www.accessliving.org/Uber-ADA-Lawsuit-Continues

Uber and Lyft reduce car ownership! No. A Chicago booth study found they INCREEASE vehicle registrations because they encourage would-be drivers to purchase cars.
https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/10/24/study-uber-and-lyft-are-increasing-traffic-deaths/
uber  lyft  cities  transportation  publictransit  2019  angieschmitt  cars  traffic  disabilities  inequality  safety  accessibility 
13 days ago by robertogreco
TNCs and Congestion · SFCTA Prospector
"Use this map to explore changes in congestion metrics between 2010 and 2016. The tool provides the ability to look at the effects of four factors that affect congestion: changes in network capacity, changes in population, changes in employment, and changes in TNCs.
• Vehicle Hours of Delay (VHD) is a measure of the overall amount of excess time vehicles spend in congestion.
• Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) is a measure of the overall amount of motor vehicle travel, as measured in distance, that occurs on the network.
• Speed is the average speed of vehicles on a given road segment during a given time period.

How to use this map
• Select a congestion metric to display it on the map.
• Explore the contributions of different factors to changes in congestion.
• Choose a time period to display.
• Click on a colored roadway segment on the map to see segment-specific information."

[via: "City Analysis: Uber, Lyft Are Biggest Contributors to Slowdown in S.F. Traffic"
https://www.kqed.org/news/11699063/city-analysis-uber-lyft-are-biggest-contributors-to-slowdown-in-s-f-traffic ]

[See also: "Study: Half of SF’s increase in traffic congestion due to Uber, Lyft"
http://www.sfexaminer.com/study-half-sfs-increase-traffic-congestion-due-uber-lyft/ ]
maps  sanfrancisco  transportation  uber  lyft  traffic  2018  2016  mapping  data  ridesharing 
october 2018 by robertogreco
Protesters Don't Block Traffic to Gain Your Support They Do It So You Can See What if Feels Like to Be Stuck in a Powerless Situation How Do You Respond to This Situation? Are You Calm and Peaceful? Do You Want to Spend Years Organizing Political Talks Ab
Jason Nelson:

"Protesters don't block traffic to gain your support. They do it so you can see what it feels like to be stuck in a powerless situation. How do you respond to this situation? Are you calm and peaceful? Do you want to spend years organizing political talks about it? Nope, you want to run those protesters over, kill them, kill them all. If you want to kill protesters who have you stuck in traffic, imagine what you would want to do to a system that patrols, harasses and kills you. The sooner you learn perspective the sooner you won't have to be stuck in traffic."
protest  jasonnelson  power  activism  powerlessness  perspective  traffic  roadblocks 
july 2017 by robertogreco
crap futures — counter-constraint #1: non-progress dogma
"The world’s fairs also offer their insights into this dichotic system. For example, Futurama’s hidden agendas are strikingly revealed in E. L. Doctorow’s novel World’s Fair (1985). As a family leaves the exhibit, the father says: ‘“When the time comes General Motors isn’t going to build the highways, the federal government is. With money from us taxpayers.” He smiled. “So General Motors is telling us what they expect from us: we must build them the highways so they can sell us the cars.”’

Bel Geddes’s vision of super-highways largely came true, but so did various dystopian imaginaries that were generated out of the Futurama vision. In ‘Futurama, Autogeddon’, Helen Burgess describes the way in which ‘a messy, always-under-construction, polluted highway system, beaming cheerfully forward into the future, is reflected back to us in the second half of the century as a degraded landscape in J. G. Ballard’s Crash and The Atrocity Exhibition. In these tales,’ Burgess writes,

Bel Geddes’ optimistic narrative of the Interstate has collapsed … because the Interstate system is unsustainable - both narratively and ecologically. The ghosts of the highway call back to us from these future narratives, reminding us that death is just around the next bend.

Progress dogma as an eternally recurring phenomenon

The progress boosterism in the West of the 19th century was followed by two highly regressive world wars. Yet the postwar period saw an almost immediate return to … optimism! Progress dogma was reborn! America, isolated from the worst ravages of the two World Wars, kept blowing the trumpet for progress, and the other western countries followed. The lessons of history continued, and continue, to fall on deaf ears.

Designing counter-constraints

We realise now that we’ve not set ourselves an easy task. These are massive, complex systems that are more easily identified and critiqued than challenged with alternatives. But inaction is no solution. So we’ll go on, inspired by historical examples of how critical approaches have impacted on specific research directions and undermined progress dogma. The public inquiry into genetically modified food development in Europe and the consequent demonising of an entire scientific area (‘Frankenstein foods’) led by certain newspapers is one example of technology being steered away from its intended trajectory. In that case, however, the approach was problematic because the debate was simplified as a contest between good and evil, dystopia vs. utopia, rather than being an open and constructive dialogue. As this article suggests, the reality is often more nuanced and complex than a simple binary opposition can express.

So how do we move toward a more constructive approach to counter-constraints?
Here, as a discussion starter, are some first steps:

1. Stop assuming that, through technology, the future will be better than the present.
2. Be wary of too-positive presentations of technological future solutions.
3. Don’t assume that any of society’s problems will be solved by technology alone.
4. Do assume that for every benefit a new technology brings there will be unforeseen implications.
5. Remember to ask: ‘Progress for whom?’
6. And: ‘What in this specific case does progress actually mean?’
7. Remember that progress is easily confused with automation. Or efficiency.
8. Watch Adam Curtis’s The Century of the Self (and then watch it again).
9. Find ways of encouraging a critical perspective in others, without being a dystopian dick about it.
10. Actively start building the future you want, with or without technology.

One approach where we have first-hand experience and that begins to address point 10 is speculative design, which aims to facilitate a more critical and considered approach to future-formation. By countering the constraints that limit normative design to slavishly serving the market, speculative design is free to present futures that are neither explicitly utopian or dystopian. Using this approach we can explore possible scenarios when specific emerging technologies collide with everyday life. Or we can see what happens when we apply alternative configurations of contemporary technologies or systems to generate fresh perspectives on particular problems (a counter-constraint to constraint no. 2: legacies of the past, which we’ll return to in a future post). Speculation is time well spent.

We’ll give further thought to counter-constraints over a game of ping-pong on our rough-hewn autoprogettazione table, followed by coffee and toast. More, much more, to come. "
crapfutures  counter-constraints  futures  speculativedesign  design  2016  technosolutionism  technology  progress  progressdogma  automation  efficiency  normanbelgeddes  eames  productification  utopia  dystopia  resistance  richardbarbrook  processfatigue  eldoctorow  helenburgess  interstatehighways  cars  history  optimism  sustainability  boosterism  adamcurtis  thecenturyoftheself  statusanxiety  bladerunner  pollution  traffic  futurama  world'sfairs  1939  1964  ibm 
february 2016 by robertogreco
Marcus Lyon’s best photograph: the 12-lane road in Dubai that we are all on | Art and design | The Guardian
"I was in Dubai in 2010, doing a speech for a charity, when I discovered the amazing Sheikh Zayed Road. It has 12 lanes, tall buildings and skyscrapers on either side, and stretches right through the middle of the city. I booked a hotel next to it so that I could get up on to the roof. I was probably up there for about an hour and a half, hanging over, shooting straight down. You get a bit dizzy doing that.

The photograph started out as a little sketch in a book, though, just some lines, dots and ideas. Initially, I wanted to do something more music-based, but it morphed into a representation of my petrol-using life. It’s a composite of about 1,000 photos, and it took three months to make. I have a whole team of people who work with me to create an image like this, although I’m in charge of the idea. There are 750 vehicles in the end result, and they are meant to stand for the 750,000 miles that I and the average car-owner will drive in a standard lifetime.

Part of the thinking behind the work is that people are too visually literate and the world too fabulously complicated for me to say what I want in a single shot. So I bring multiple images together to create a greater truth. I think an image taken at 125th of a second is kind of a lie: it’s a moment captured in time, but then it disappears. With multiple images, I can go deeper, be subversive. So when people see this mega road I’ve created, they instantly ask questions. Is that really the world we live in? Is this image real or not? Where do I fit in to all of this?

Although I cut my teeth on large-format photography, I now use digital cameras and computer manipulation. But I think it’s essential to make sure the perspective is still correct and the image works from one point of view. So, at the top of this picture, I made sure that you see slightly more of the sides of the buses than you do at the bottom, where you would be looking straight down on them.

In the modern world, photography is instantly disposable. What I think is fascinating about images made this way is that they are really gluey. You get mesmerised by them. Your eyes are drawn to the whole composition, yet they can’t quite settle anywhere. As a final touch on all my creations, I insert a little Marcus. In this one, I’m in the top left-hand corner riding a bicycle."
dubai  photography  marcuslyon  traffic  cars  transportation  sheikhzayedroad 
november 2015 by robertogreco
Free Community-based Mapping, Traffic & Navigation App
"Get the best route, every day, with real–time help from other drivers.

Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.

WAZE. OUTSMARTING TRAFFIC, TOGETHER."
applications  driving  gps  maps  navigation  traffic  android  ios  iphone  via:everyone 
september 2015 by robertogreco
Kinshasa's traffic robots: 'I thought it was some kind of joke' - in pictures | Cities | The Guardian
"Gridlock has seized Kinshasa. Faced with rising car ownership and a lack of trust in police, city authorities have recruited solar-powered ‘robocops’ to control the DRC capital’s chaotic streets. For Panos Pictures photographer Brian Sokol, whose images are part of the Sony-backed #FutureofCities initiative, the project provides an insight into a more ‘positive’ side of a tumultuous country"



"The robots are made by Therese Izay’s company Women’s Tech, which designs and manufactures the robots. Izay hopes the idea will catch on in other cities across Africa and beyond"
drc  kinshasa  congo  africa  robots  traffic  2015  technology  thereseizay 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline - NYTimes.com
"From the 73-story skyscraper that just broke ground downtown (the tallest in the West), to the blizzard of office, shopping and apartment complexes rising from there to the Pacific, construction is bustling in Los Angeles. Home prices are up, and the foreclosure rate is declining. Crime is down. There is a new mayor in City Hall. In many ways, Los Angeles, like many once-beleaguered cities across the nation, seems on the upswing.

Yet at this presumed moment of promise and potential, Los Angeles is enduring a series of blows that have challenged its self-esteem and even its long-term stability. Some appear more symbolic, like the departure of “The Tonight Show” for New York, followed by the plaintive appeal by Mayor Eric M. Garcetti that CBS move “The Late Show” to Los Angeles when David Letterman retires next year. Others are beyond its control, such as the disconcerting wave of earthquakes that have rumbled the region in recent weeks, reminding residents of how unprepared Southern California is for a cataclysmic temblor.

But the most worrisome blow by far is a scathing verdict on Los Angeles’s civic health that was delivered in a one-two punch — the second on Wednesday — by a committee of lawyers, developers, labor leaders and former elected officials who make up something of the Old Guard here. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission presented a catalog of failings that it said were a unique burden to the city: widespread poverty and job stagnation, huge municipal pension obligations, a struggling port and tourism industry and paralyzing traffic that would not be eased even with a continuing multibillion-dollar mass transit initiative."
2014  losangeles  decline  socal  california  cities  stagnation  poverty  unemployment  costofliving  tourism  traffic 
april 2014 by robertogreco
Examining The New Los Angeles Paradigm: An Interview With Victor Jones | Los Angeles, I'm Yours
"Victor Jones thinks about Los Angeles in a way few people do: he thinks about it in the future tense, as a place of myriad possibilities. “Los Angeles, unlike most well known cities, is a twenty-first century paradigm in terms of its ability to inform how people live and what people do and how they experiences civic and public space. It is a new physical model of urbanity: I think Los Angeles is a fantastic case study.”

“Thats the draw here,” he says. “While perfect weather, a great economy, and geography have made life easy to take for granted my work in academia and design pushes back on the city, forcing people to reconsider the evidence of things not seen. This push back is to say—Hey.—let’s stop and revisit this, acknowledging that we are a part of a discussion, that we are not completely inside ourselves and that we are becoming a greater reference globally. When we look at urban development in Beijing, Dubai, Mexico City for example, Los Angeles has become a reference versus traditional nineteenth century cities. Let’s try to understand the physical implication of these things.”"



"The irony is that Victor is a native who never liked it here. “I always hated Los Angeles,” he explains. “I was always overwhelmed by the expanse and horizontality of the city and the lack of continuity. It wasn’t until I moved back from France and got my driver’s license that a whole new relationship with the city emerged.”

“I really didn’t get to know the city that I was born and raised in until my late thirties,” he adds. “That’s when I began to understand how special this place is.”

Victor had lived in Los Angeles from birth through late elementary school and high school. He attended Cal Poly San Louis Obispo for his undergraduate degree in Architecture and found the experience to be quite profound: it created opportunities to try different metropolitan settings. “My Architectural History professor, Dr. Joseph Burton, radically changed my life: he proposed that I moved to Paris after graduation to work,” Victor explains. “Initially, I was very resistant to the idea. But, what was supposed to be a three month internship ended up being twelve years living in Paris: that was a life changing experience. I never thought that I would end up back in Los Angeles! I completely found myself and found a completely different world order in France.”

Paris brought a lot of important things to his life: he met his partner of twenty five years, he worked for Jean Nouvel and Louis Vuitton, and took a break during his time there to get a graduate degree in Architecture from Harvard. After, he found himself back in Paris—but soon left to further his own practice. “We arrogantly thought our club membership to Paris would never expire,” he says. “There was a lot of discussion between my partner, Alain Fièvre and I on where to go and we decided that Los Angeles was the best place for an architectural practice, Fièvre + Jones. So, we came here in the late nineties. It is a very challenging experience to uproot our Parisian existence and move to the United States.”

“We do miss Europe quite a bit, though,” Victor says with a longing—but positive—undertone. “That’s what brought us to Silver Lake and to an office in Hollywood: we’re such urban creatures that we were looking for that simulacrum of urbanity in Los Angeles. Both Silver Lake and Hollywood have their own special version of that, Silver Lake being a bit of Brooklyn and Hollywood being a bit like every popular zone in every major city in the world. From certain angles, Hollywood may look like Times Square in the eighties and, from another it may look like Pigalle in Paris. It has a very special and unique quality to it.”

You could confuse his comparisons for nostalgia but analyzing Los Angeles in this manner is Victor’s job: he studies space, formed communities, and urban infrastructure to discover its flaws and successes. “My principal concentration at USC’s School Of Architecture is research on community based projects and understanding what that means in a post-racial culture. Rather than looking at community service as a direct response to under-served individuals or minorities, I look at how we as a more urban, global, and heterogenous community can construct a better quality of life.”"



"“There is a natural tendency to create villages for practical reasons. But, there is a beauty in having a passport to all neighborhoods. If you are of a certain curiosity, you’ll breach those boundaries, not letting your universe be defined by a street. But, [Angelenos] religiously stick to their boundaries. We have to question the curious way that infrastructures—like freeways—impact our lives, organizing us in as architect Craig Hodgetts says the mish-mosh we call Los Angeles.”

These views do not mean that Victor has a pessimistic view of Los Angeles. That is why he is so passionate about it changing for the better. Arguing for more opportunity for how people engage the city, he says, “Generally speaking, Angelenos tend to isolate themselves. They have a trajectory of work and home and their neighborhood. All due to limitations set by the city’s infrastructure – whether we are talking about public space, transportation, cultural institutions etc,” Some of my most fond memories of the city are from cinema and how ‘the industry’ illustrates the city. I remember in Pulp Fiction Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta would be in the Valley and then drive miles to another part of the city without any hesitation: the city in that film is a forest of pockets full of different opportunities. They were not restricted by cultural biases, distance, demographics – nothing stopped them from moving from one place to another."
victorjones  architecture  losangeles  2014  beijing  dubai  mexicocity  mexicodf  urban  urbanism  cities  race  community  diversity  integration  boundaries  borders  segregation  roads  freeways  michaelgovan  film  design  landscape  lacma  transportation  isolation  mobility  traffic  sustainability  craighodgetts  df 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Los Angeles County Weather Reports
"A weekly appreciation of Los Angeles through weather reports.

Every Monday.

Traffic Reports every Friday."
losangeles  weather  traffic  blogs 
november 2013 by robertogreco
TrafficCOM
"Now you can easily gather and share traffic count data for automobiles and bicycles"
urbanism  urban  datacollection  trafficcom  data  cars  biking  bikes  classideas  sensors  traffic 
november 2012 by robertogreco
Carnivore
Carnivore is a Processing library that allows you to perform surveillance on data networks. Carnivore listens to all Internet traffic (email, web surfing, etc.) on a specific local network. Using Processing you are able to animate, diagnose, or interpret the network traffic in any way you wish.
network  processing  security  software  visualization  via:stml  datanetworks  data  networks  networktraffic  surveillance  traffic  web  online  email  localnetworks 
april 2012 by robertogreco
Europe Stifles Drivers in Favor of Mass Transit and Walking - NYTimes.com
"While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars. The methods vary, but the mission is clear — to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation."

"“In the United States, there has been much more of a tendency to adapt cities to accommodate driving,” said Peder Jensen, head of the Energy and Transport Group at the European Environment Agency. “Here there has been more movement to make cities more livable for people, to get cities relatively free of cars.”"
us  europe  cities  urban  urbanism  urbanplanning  mobility  cars  walking  publictransit  pedestrians  livability  carfree  carfreecity  2011  london  stockholm  zurich  vienna  sanfrancisco  traffic  priorities  nyc  bikes  biking  sustainability  health  parking 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Will San Diego Help Stop Global Warming? | KPBS.org
"But there are some problems with any rosy scenario of vehicle-mile reductions in our future. While lots of money is planned for San Diego transit projects, those won't be completed until freeways expansions take place ... notably the infamous plan to widen I-5 by six lanes.

Elyse Lowe is the director of Move San Diego, and she said getting people out of their cars won't be easy if you're taking steps to reduce traffic congestion.

"If you put a lot of money into your freeways and make it easier to drive,” she said, “and then do transit and think people are going to choose that, you've really dis-incentivized your transit system.""
sandiego  california  emissions  traffic  transportation  publictransit  globalwarming  2011  policy  publicworks  cars 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Side View Mirror Project
"Hello. My name is Erik Dahl and the “Side View Mirror Project” is a little something I’ve been working on my free time. I have a point-and-shoot camera (Panasonic DMC-LX2) with me at all times, and I started taking pictures of drivers in their side view mirrors while stopped at stop lights. <br />
<br />
What is captured here is a record of these tiny portals into other drivers’ worlds. <br />
<br />
This is an ongoing project. I started actively taking these pictures in 2008."
art  culture  society  photography  mirrors  sideviewmirrorproject  driving  cars  carculture  traffic  2008 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Woonerf - Wikipedia
"A woonerf (Dutch plural: woonerven) in the Netherlands and Flanders is a street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists. The techniques of shared spaces, traffic calming, and low speed limits are intended to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety."
woonerf  woonerven  netherlands  streets  urban  urbanism  safety  bikes  biking  traffic  pedestrians  cars  motorists  priority  transportation 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Secrets of the Happiest Places on Earth - NatGeo News Watch
"San Luis Obispo has the best emotional health in country & highest level of well-being…because they have a dozen or so things going for them that were put in place in late 1970s.

They made decision as a city, rather than making the city optimal for commerce, to make it optimal for quality of life. It used to be a forest of signs. Signs beget more signs. They instead limited the size of signs & put the resources into aesthetics. They outlawed fast-food drive-throughs so you don't have idling cars polluting the air, it's harder for people to eat fast food. They were the first place in the world to outlaw smoking in bars & restaurants, so as a result you have about the lowest rate of smoking in the country.

You can stand any place in SLO, a city of about .25 million people, & look around & see green. They have zoned it such that there's no building beyond a certain point, so everybody has access to green space, which we know lowers stress levels, & has access to recreation."
happiness  singapore  urbanism  geography  planning  urban  sanluisobispo  california  traffic  bike  biking  signs  greenery  denmark  nuevoleón  mexico  well-being 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Future Perfect » The Consequences of Guilty
"In countries where car insurance is the norm someone calls the police and the drivers wait for the authorities to turn up and ink an accident report. But on the jammed streets of Afghanistan the solution is surprisingly elegant: the person who is most obviously to blame accepts guilt and agrees to fix the car – as long as both drivers go directly to his friend’s workshop who’ll carry out the repairs."
guilt  traffic  janchipchase  afghanistan  us  insurance  cars 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Doors of Perception weblog: 'Reversing the reversal' with john chris jones
"Like…Ivan Illich, John Chris Jones was decades ahead of his time…wrote about cities w/out traffic signals in 1950s…was an advocate of what today is called call ‘design thinking’…advocated user-centered design well before term was widely used…began by designing aeroplanes – but soon felt compelled to make industrial products more human…fuelled his search for design processes that would shape, rather than serve, industrial systems. As a kind of industrial gamekeeper turned poacher, Jones went on to warn about potential dangers of digital revolution unleashed by Claude Shannon…realized attempts to systematize design led, in practice, to separation of reason from intuition & embodied experience w/ design process…‘I’ve been drawn to study ancient myths and traditional theatres for decades’ he writes; ‘unless we can rid modern culture of its realisms there is no getting out of the grim realities of commercial engineering and the way of life built on it’…"
johnchrisjones  ivanillich  internet  cities  design  designthinking  designmethods  traffic  trafficsignals  urban  urbanism  user-centered  industrialdesign  claudeshannon  renaissance  greeks  ancientgreeks  process  purpose  intuition  nature  human  economics  change  industrial  anarchism  chaos  toread 
august 2010 by robertogreco
The city is a hypertext
"cognitive scientists have actually begun empirically verifying Simmel's armchair psychology. & whenever I read anything about web rewiring our brains, foretelling immanent disaster, I've always thought, geez, people—we live in cities! Our species has evolved to survive in every climate & environment on dry land. Our brains can handle it!

But I thought of this again when a 2008 Wilson Quarterly article about planner/engineer Hans Monderman, titled "The Traffic Guru," popped up in Twitter. (I can't even remember where it came from. Who knows why older writing just begins to recirculate again? Without warning, it speaks to us more, or differently.)…

In other words, information overload, & the substitution of knowledge for wisdom. Sound familiar?

I'll just say I remain unconvinced. We've largely gotten rid of pop-up ads, flashing banners, & <blink> tag on web. I'm sure can trim back some extra text & lights in our towns & cities. We're versatile creatures. Just give us time."
architecture  cities  timcarmody  kottke  media  perception  transportation  ubicomp  urbanism  psychology  infrastructure  technology  culture  design  environment  history  information  infooverload  adaptability  adaptation  urban  stevejobs  cars  cognition  hansmonderman  resilience  traffic  georgsimmel  1903  2008  2010  shifts  change  luddism  fear  humans  versatitlity  web  internet  online  modernism  modernity  hypertext  attention  brain  research  theory 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Blueprints for a Better ‘Burb - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
"[The] prevailing vision contradicts the reality of suburbia today. There may be white picket fences & home owners associations in common, but beyond that, “suburb” has outlived its usefulness as a descriptive term — and as a model for future planning, at least in its current incarnation. Suburbs continue to be designed for homogeneity even though they’re no longer homogeneous at all, & in fact have become increasingly varied in type, density, infrastructure & demographics..."

[via: http://varnelis.net/blog/blueprints_for_a_better_burb ]
architecture  suburbia  suburbs  sustainability  transportation  traffic  urbanism  urban  planning  competitions  ecology  energy  environment  housing  systems  systemsthinking  kazysvarnelis  longisland 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Square Feet - In Westside Los Angeles, a Rail Line Stirs Development - NYTimes.com
"Slowly, mass transit is taking hold in a city synonymous with the car. Now a light-rail line is finally coming to the affluent and traffic-choked Westside after years of local resistance, and at least some urban-style development is likely to follow."
losangeles  traffic  metro  lightrail  transportation  development  masstransit 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Cars parked illegally in bike lanes - MyBikeLane.com
"MyBikelane is built on the notion that:
* Cyclists are sick of having to dodge cars and trucks using the bikelane illegally.
* These illegally parked cars force cyclists into traffic, making their commute more dangerous.
* Those cyclists have cameras or cell phones w/ cameras.
* Using the power of the community, we can hopefully make the problem more obvious and get the city to do something about it.
* This makes it safer to cycle for fun or to commute.

How MyBikelane works:
* You the cyclist see a car parked illegally.
* You snap a picture, taking care to capture the license plate of the vehicle and proof that the vehicle is parked illegally.
* You upload the photo, tell us when and where the incident occurred and the license plate info.
* We make the site available to media, city officials, and the web to show the problem."
activism  bikes  biking  cars  cities  bikelanes  transportation  community  collaboration  parking  traffic  conflict  googlemaps  nyc  dc  sandiego  losangeles  portland  sanfrancisco  washingtondc 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Joel Kyack (MFA '08) launches Superclogger, large-scale public project presented by LA><ART - Roski School of Fine Arts
"Joel Kyack's (MFA '08) first large-scale public project, Superclogger, will present various puppet shows to L.A. drivers caught in afternoon traffic jams from a mobile theater housed in the back of a nondescript white pickup truck. Broadcasting soundtracks discretely to the viewer's car stereo, Superclogger, curated by Cesar Garcia (MPAS '09), aims to briefly halt the progression of chaos by temporarily drawing the audience out of the commute experience and placing them within an intimate space of engagement and performance that highlights their own individual presence within the broader structure of the traffic jam."

[via: http://www.clusterflock.org/2010/06/superclogger.html ]
art  california  cars  traffic  losangeles  puppets  theater  cesargarcia  commuting  joelkyack 
june 2010 by robertogreco
The Man Who Could Unsnarl Manhattan Traffic | Magazine
"Kheel hoped that Komanoff’s work would support a plan to offer completely free public transit. But Komanoff found that the system would still be overloaded at rush hour. Drivers had to be encouraged to travel at different times of the day. So he devised a new plan, one that charged both drivers and transit riders different rates at different times. ... Buses are always free, because the time saved when passengers aren’t fumbling for change more than makes up for the lost fare revenue. ...

Komanoff’s plan is vastly more sophisticated than a simple bridge toll. Instead of merely punishing drivers, he has built a delicate system of incentives and revenue streams. Just as a musical fugue weaves several melodic lines into a complex yet harmonious whole, Komanoff’s policy assembles all the various modes of transportation into a coherent, integrated traffic system.""

[via: http://kottke.org/10/05/taming-manhattans-traffic ]
architecture  cities  cars  manhattan  nyc  statistics  traffic  transit  transport  economics  data  transportation  excel  energy  complexity  subways  math  urban  taxis  buses  chaleskomanoff 
may 2010 by robertogreco
ross:ching » Running on Empty
"I live in Los Angeles. I drive in Los Angeles. I think about traffic a lot in Los Angeles. A few months ago, I discovered Matt Logue’s Empty LA photographs. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but every time I was stuck in rush hour all-hour traffic, I found myself thinking, “What if tomorrow everyone’s car disappeared.”
urbanplanning  traffic  timelapse  photography  losangeles  videos  cars  carfree 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Walking in L.A.: An Introduction - Walking in L.A. - GOOD
"Everyone thinks they know L.A., even if they've never been west of St. Louis. Nobody walks in L.A., right? There's that Missing Persons song, or that line from Steve Martin's L.A. Story: "...it's not like New York, where you can meet someone walking down the street. In L.A. you practically have to hit someone with your car. In fact, I know girls who speed just to meet cops."
losangeles  walking  biking  bikes  safety  cities  goodmagazine  transportation  publictransit  traffic  cars 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Airspace Rebooted on Vimeo
"A visualisation of the northern European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash. Due to varying ash density across Europe, the first flights can be seen in some areas on the 18th and by the 20th everywhere is open.

The flight data is courtesy of flightradar24.com and covers a large fraction of Europe. There are a few gaps (most noticeably France) and no coverage over the Atlantic, but the picture is still clear.

The map data is CC-by-SA openstreetmap.org and contributors."
2010  airlines  airplanes  transportation  traffic  openstreetmap  osm  visualization  iceland  europe  animation 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Commuting : The Frontal Cortex
"David Brooks, summarizing the current state of happiness research: "The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting. According to one study, being married produces a psychic gain equivalent to more than $100,000 a year." In other words, the best way to make yourself happy is to have a short commute and get married. I'm afraid science can't tell us very much about marriage so let's talk about commuting. A few years ago, the Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer announced the discovery of a new human foible, which they called "the commuters paradox". They found that, when people are choosing where to live, they consistently underestimate the pain of a long commute. This leads people to mistakenly believe that the big house in the exurbs will make them happier, even though it might force them to drive an additional hour to work."
commuting  happiness  davidbrooks  housing  urbanplanning  suburbia  marriage  neuroscience  jonahlehrer  behavior  cars  driving  psychology  estimation  planning  urban  urbanism  transportation  traffic  suburbs  lifestyle  living  satisfaction 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Streetfilms: Fixing the Great Mistake of Planning for Cars
""Fixing the Great Mistake" is a new Streetfilms series that examines what went wrong in the early part of the 20th century, when our cities began catering to the automobile, and how those decisions continue to affect our lives today.
urbanism  transport  environment  energy  cities  history  sunbelt  cars  transit  travel  traffic  streetfilms 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Amazing! Bike Faster than Helicopters, Running Faster than Car in Sao Paulo : TreeHugger
"Do you want more proof that encouraging car use in a city is only going to lead you to traffic hell? Take a look at Sao Paulo: the city of ridiculous car jams, where there are more privately held helicopters than anywhere else in the world.

The thing is, not even the air has solved the traffic problem, and the new highways that are being planned for the city won't solve it either. It seems so obvious that the right way to go is to discourage the use of cars (like Bogota or Curitiba did), but now we have proof (a great treat for World Car Free Day).

A group of cyclists have put up a test and had 18 different combinations of transport travel a distance of about 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) during rush hour. Guess what? Two of the cyclists turned out to get to destination faster than the helicopter, and all the cyclists, a runner, the bus and, ¡a skater! took less time than the car. This last one took a nerve-racking 82 minutes to cover that distance."
cities  bikes  cars  transportation  buses  skateboarding  traffic  walking  speed  transport  sãopaulo  biking  skating  skateboards 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Huh?! 4 Cases Of How Tearing Down A Highway Can Relieve Traffic Jams (And Save Your City) » INFRASTRUCTURIST
"One example is reducing traffic congestion by eliminating roads. Though our transportation planners still operate from the orthodoxy that the best way to untangle traffic is to build more roads, doing so actually proves counterproductive in some cases. There is even a mathematical theorem to explain why: “The Braess Paradox” (which sounds rather like a Robert Ludlum title) established that the addition of extra capacity to a road network often results in increased congestion and longer travel times. The reason has to do with the complex effects of individual drivers all trying to optimize their routes. The Braess paradox is not just an arcane bit of theory either – it plays frequently in real world situation.
cities  urban  urbanism  traffic  congestion  transportation  portland  seoul  sanfrancisco  design  architecture  infrastructure  planning  highways  paradox  braessparadox  roads  ecology  cars 
july 2009 by robertogreco
MIT Hopes to Exorcise ‘Phantom’ Traffic Jams | Autopia | Wired.com
"Phantom jams are born of a lot of cars using the road. No surprise there. But when traffic gets too heavy, it takes the smallest disturbance in the flow - a driver laying on the brakes, someone tailgating too closely or some moron picking pickles off his burger - to ripple through traffic and create a self-sustaining traffic jam.
traffic  math  patterns  transportation  mit  mathematics  research  congestions  flow 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Picture Show: Traffic! | GOOD
"The French writer and philosopher Jean Baudrillard once wrote of the freeways of Los Angeles as being “ideally suited to the only truly profound pleasure, that of keeping on the move.” Indeed, nowhere is the pleasure of keeping on the move more profound than in a city whose freeways rarely offer it.
photography  losangeles  traffic  freeways  transportation  baudrillard 
may 2009 by robertogreco
DIYtraffic realtime traffic alerts | DIYcity
"DIYtraffic - realtime alerts on traffic problems, easily configurable for any city or town."
traffic  twitter  ubicomp  diy  local  socialsoftware  tools  opendata  alerts 
march 2009 by robertogreco
California, once a dream state, strives to get back its groove | csmonitor.com
"Contributing to lawmakers' fight to close a $42 billion budget deficit – the largest budget gap by any state in American history – is a litany of other problems: crumbling infrastructure, water shortages, prison overcrowding, gang crime, traffic congestion and smog, illegal immigration, and sliding school performance." Compare to Time's November 18, 1991 issue: http://delicious.com/url/9ad4e6c1e97e4df2dedc079d34cc8932 AND http://timeinc8-sd11.websys.aol.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601911118,00.html
california  crisis  2009  finance  schools  education  immigration  pollution  environment  smog  infrastructure  water  prisons  crime  traffic  transportation 
february 2009 by robertogreco
M-Lab | Welcome to Measurement Lab
"Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is an open platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools. By enhancing Internet transparency, we aim to help sustain a healthy, innovative Internet."
internet  performance  via:preoccupations  broadband  isp  netneutrality  bandwidth  monitoring  security  analysis  analytics  neutrality  bittorrent  traffic  testing  networking  tools  sysadmin  google 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Using Google Analytics | Tumblr
"Google Analytics is a great free service for measuring traffic on up to five web sites. It can help you learn things like how many users are visiting your tumblelog — and how often, which of your posts are the most popular, which search terms visitors are finding you through, and where in the world your visitors are coming from."
google  tumblr  tools  traffic  statistics  googleanalytics 
november 2008 by robertogreco
QuarkBase : Everything about a Website
"Quarkbase is a free tool to find complete information about a website. It is a mashup of over 30 data sources and many algorithms gathering information from Internet on various topics like social popularity, traffic, associated people, etc."
statistics  internet  online  ranking  analytics  info  domain  stats  information  data  analysis  website  webdesign  web  traffic  trends  whois  onlinetoolkit  webdev 
september 2008 by robertogreco
The Argentine Post: 15 Rules For Stress-Free Driving In Argentina
"Argentines have a remarkably interesting capacity to curse and yell without actually taking themselves too seriously. The angry yelling seems to be fleeting and does not - at least in many cases - seem to represent a deep, lingering anger. The same trait seems to be common in Italy which, of course, supplied much of Argentina's immigration. My experience is that Argentines curse and yell in traffic in part just for show. In part, they enjoy it. The verbal onslaughts are almost part of of an odd cultural ritual."
argentina  buenosaires  driving  traffic  culture  society  swearing  language 
august 2008 by robertogreco
NuRide - the Rewarding Way to Go
"online ridesharing community where you can find friends and neighbors going your way, share a ride whenever you like, and earn rewards from local and national sponsors."
commuting  community  sharing  ridesharing  transportation  environment  carpool  traffic  carpooling  transit 
july 2008 by robertogreco
WorldChanging: Bike, Meet the City. City, This is the Bike.
"some solutions for more bike-able cities: Bikes, Transit & Traffic...adjusting mass transit...traffic policies...Bike Stations...part bike shop, part café and part cycling support center...Bikes and The Joneses...So a cultural shift will be required...s
transportation  bikes  culture  cities  urban  planning  traffic 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Megan McArdle (July 08, 2008) - Making DC safe for bikes
"The problem isn't that the bike lanes aren't easily marked; it's that drivers ignore them. If you want to make the streets safer, put in more bike lanes, and ticket drivers who drive in them."
bikes  bikelanes  cars  traffic  meganmcardle  cities  law 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Megan McArdle (July 08, 2008) - Drivers or bikers: who sucks more?
"Moreover, many drivers in DC seem to believe that it is against the law to be in a mode of transportation that goes more slowly than their own, and therefore complain about such "violations" as trying to merge into the exit lane of a traffic circle."
meganmcardle  bikes  cars  washingtondc  dc  cities  traffic  law 
july 2008 by robertogreco
EconLog, Libertarian Misanthropes, Arnold Kling: Library of Economics and Liberty [quote from the comments]
"attitudes will all change when gas inevitably hits $10/gallon & millions of people have no choice but to park their cars & bike. Bikers will get plenty of respect when it's god fearing Americans out there & not just poor Mexicans & whiteboy enthusiasts."
bikes  cars  traffic  law  transportation  cities  pedestrians 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Matthew Yglesias (July 09, 2008) - Get Your War On (Domestic Policy)
"Washington Post...deeming a few commonsense measures taken by the Fenty administration to serve interests of people live, work & pay taxes in DC a "war against workers who drive"...I'd like to offer some suggestions...to prosecute the war more vigorously
bikes  cars  transportation  dc  washingtondc  traffic  cities  planning  parking  urban  livibility 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: Should the driving rules favor cars or bikers?
Tyler Cowen is way off base here, but there are some commenters who share good insights. See also links to Megan McArdle (2), Will Wilkinson, and Arnold Kling.
bikes  economics  incentives  traffic  cars  driving  transportation  tylercowen 
july 2008 by robertogreco
10 Things You Can Like About $4 Gas - TIME
"1. Globalized jobs return home; Sprawl stalls; Four day workweeks; Less pollution; More frugality; Fewer traffic deaths; Cheaper Insurance; Less Traffic; More Cops on the Beat; Less obesity"
energy  behavior  consumption  health  safety  cars  green  traffic  cities  pollution  economics  sprawl  society  change  reform  fuel 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Distracting Miss Daisy: Why stop signs and speed limits endanger Americans
"The more you look for signs, for police, and at your speedometer, the less attentive you will be to traffic conditions. The limits on attention are much more severe than most people imagine. And it takes only a momentary lapse, at the wrong time, to caus
culture  government  psychology  traffic  us  uk  flow  attention  driving  unintendedconsequences  cars  travel  signs  signage  safety 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Last Traffic Jam -- Printout -- TIME
"The average U.S. citizen completely ignores the regularity with which the automobile kills him, maims him, embroils him with the law and provides mobile shelter for rakes intent on seducing his daughters. He takes it into his garage as fondly as an Arab
via:kottke  1947  cars  transportation  technology  traffic  society  us  culture 
june 2008 by robertogreco
SANDAG 511
"San Diego traffic, transit, and commute info"
sandiego  traffic  transportation 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Radical Cyclists Take to L.A. Freeways to Say Bikes Are Better | Autopia from Wired.com
"For the second time in two months, a bunch of Los Angeles bike advocates calling themselves Crimanimalz took to one of the busiest freeways in the world to make the case that, when your freeways are gridlocked, bikes are better."
activism  bikes  california  losangeles  traffic  transportation 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Streetsblog » How Paris is Beating Traffic Without Congestion Pricing
"Congestion pricing turned out to be unfeasible, because influential political forces in suburbs ...Undaunted, the mayor found other means to achieve his transportation agenda....private auto use has dropped 20 percent in a few short years."
buses  cars  paris  cities  transportation  circulation  traffic  urbanism  france  nyc  policy  planning  politics 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Redesigning cities | Tackling the hydra | Economist.com
'Its politicians are determined to turn Los Angeles into a normal city...original metropolitan miscreant is now trying to reform itself so fundamentally that Joel Kotkin, an urbanist at Chapman University, compares it to rewriting a DNA code."
housing  traffic  politics  transport  urbanism  sprawl  losangeles  density  urban  cities  transportation  planning  metro  subway  trains 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Taking Back the Streets - New York Times
"The Woonerf; Play Streets; Bicycle Boulevards; Pavement Hierarchy; Green Grid; Mental Speed Bumps; Swaled Streets; Lanescapes; Gentle Congestion; Urban Acupuncture"
cities  nyc  design  traffic  streets  urban  urbanism 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Technology Review: TR10: Modeling Surprise
"Combining massive quantities of data, insights into human psychology, and machine learning can help manage surprising events, says Eric Horvitz."
microsoft  predictions  simulations  traffic  transportation  urban  blackswans  context-awareness  nassimtaleb 
march 2008 by robertogreco
enRoute February 2008
"From Paris to Bogotá, urban spaces are undergoing a radical transformation with one thing in mind: your well-being...more time we spend on foot, on bikes or even on public transit, more we slow down, more we fuel this kind of social alchemy."
via:cityofsound  bikes  canada  cities  transportation  urban  urbanism  bogotá  colombia  paris  france  planning  well-being  creativity  design  psychology  lifestyle  mexico  mexicodf  qualityoflife  traffic  df  mexicocity 
march 2008 by robertogreco
The Cars That ate London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, Vienna, Athens .. - TIME
"In A.D. 125, a limit was placed on the number of vehicles that could enter Rome. For as long as there have been roads, it seems, there have been crowds of swearing, sweaty drivers — and schemes to get rid of them."
cities  traffic  roads  regulation  circulation  2003  london  rome  history  cars 
march 2008 by robertogreco
NYTE: New York Talk Exchange
"New York Talk Exchange illustrates the global exchange of information in real time by visualizing volumes of long distance telephone and IP (Internet Protocol) data flowing between New York and cities around the world."
internet  ip  mit  traffic  nyc  visualization  communication  global  international  telecommunications 
february 2008 by robertogreco
The city that never sleeps ... nor stops talking - MIT News Office
"We are interested in visualizing and exploring the connections that New York entertains with the rest of the world, how they change over the course of a day, and how the city's neighborhoods differ from each other by maintaining special and distinct rela
cartography  connections  demographics  economics  exhibitions  globalism  mapping  nyc  traffic  urban  visualization  communication  telecommunications  telecom  art 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Looking at a see-through world
"[Transparency] levels the playing field, spreading economic and social opportunities more widely and fairly. At same time erasing the advantages that once went to the intrepid, the dogged, and the resourceful"
information  socialsoftware  technology  traffic  transparency  cars  equality  democracy  society  change  internet 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Crosscut Seattle - Seattle's pedestrian attitude toward pedestrians
"What keeps us planted on the corner, waiting for that little light to tell us to "walk"? Frankly, we're a bunch of walking wussies, and if the city's going to call itself foot-friendly, it's time step up to the challenge."
cities  walking  pedestrians  traffic  planning  urban  seattle  washingtonstate  cascadia  us  transportation  trails  culture  society  jaywalking  via:cityofsound 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Crosscut Seattle - Seattle's pedestrian attitude toward pedestrians
"What keeps us planted on the corner, waiting for that little light to tell us to "walk"? Frankly, we're a bunch of walking wussies, and if the city's going to call itself foot-friendly, it's time step up to the challenge."
cities  walking  pedestrians  traffic  planning  urban  seattle  washingtonstate  cascadia  us  transportation  trails  culture  society  jaywalking  via:cityofsound 
january 2008 by robertogreco
CTheory.net: Urban Meanderthals and the City of "Desire Lines"
"Whether he/she is chatting on a cell phone, standing on the wrong side of an escalator, cycling on the sidewalk, or dangerously jaywalking, the Meanderthal obliviously causes that most frustrating of urban traffic jams: the pedlock."
cities  urban  society  etiquette  technology  traffic  meanderthal  foot  pedestrians  walking  mobile  phones  flow 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Laurent Haug’s blog » Blog Archive » How to exist online if you are lazy?
"how to maintain an effective online existence with very little efforts...Capture latent content, Augment others content and bring traffic back to your site (feed reader and comment), microblog (Twitter/Jaiku), linkblog (del.icio.us/tumbr)
tips  web2.0  presence  online  internet  lazyweb  simplicity  del.icio.us  flickr  identity  twitter  jaiku  tumblr  blogging  blogs  comments  content  bookmarks  bookmarking  business  community  traffic 
october 2007 by robertogreco
SkoobySoft - Skooby Utilities
"If you have a broadband internet service with a monthly download limit, you may find SurplusMeter comes in handy. It measures the download and upload traffic on your Internet connection and keeps a record of your traffic volume."
utilities  broadband  metering  traffic  mac  osx  software 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Real Time Rome
"The project aggregated data from cell phones (obtained using Telecom Italia's innovative Lochness platform), buses and taxis in Rome to better understand urban dynamics in real time."
rome  italy  mapping  maps  mobile  phones  visualization  analysis  architecture  ambient  surveillance  technology  cartography  cities  culture  movement  society  social  urbanism  urban  travel  tracking  traffic  networks  data  flow  infographics  interaction  location  locative 
september 2007 by robertogreco
ClickTale™ :: Record - Watch - Understand
"Record visitors' every action as they browse your website. Watch movies to understand visitor behavior, gain valuable insights and improve your website's usability."
usability  webdesign  web  recording  design  user  behavior  browser  analysis  tracking  traffic  browsers  webdev 
september 2007 by robertogreco
byCycle.org » Home
"byCycle.org's mission is to promote alternative forms of transportation by building software tools that help users plan safe trips and making those tools freely available to the public."
activism  bikes  commuting  environment  green  mapping  maps  online  oregon  portland  urbanism  walking  transportation  traffic  resources  googlemaps 
july 2007 by robertogreco
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