Urban Velo

A Plea for Progressive City Design

Wired’s Observation Deck has been killing it with these opinion videos related to transportation and city design. It’s interesting that such a tech-focused organization is calling for a progressive mindset to urban design that essentially takes us back to LESS technological manners of living and moving. Ultimately though, if technology exists to make our lives better and deeper with meaning and interaction, then their approach makes sense in that city design should become focused less on cars and more on walking, bikes and other more rewarding ways of existing in a city that brings about deeper social interaction. Now, how to convince planners and city officials of all this.

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Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. alexOctober 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I just came back from Puerto Rico. Last weekend they had a 3-day fixed gear festival called Fíjate, which included races. Some of the top urban racers from the mainland went to Puerto Rico to compete. I’m surprised Urban Velo didn’t cover this event.

  2. Joe PeraltaOctober 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

    The LA Times yesterday had a bit explaining how sprawl development is helping bankrupt California cities. Turning low-tax rural land into high-tax suburban land is a losing proposition over the long-term on the cost of maintaining sprawling infrastructure and providing services.

    It seems thinking people are catching on to many short-term gimmicks used to stimulate a bogus growth in the Great Society.

    It’s the first time I’ve ever seen such a piece in a free press totally dependent on ads from realtors, car-makers, and retailers, and subject to pressure from developers’ flunkies in government.

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