For quite some time, urban areas have been relatively helpless against the onslaught of cars. Traffic congestion, gridlock, you name it. Build bigger roads, and you get even more congestion!
The tide may be turning. Congestion pricing is changing things in great cities like London. It may come to New York as well.
But Barcelona leads the pack in embracing a huge vision to take back the city from cars. It is a big story.
And here is a great summary of what is going on.
Go for it!
Here is the background
Right now, there can be an almost eerie calm to some sections of central Brussels. Take an evening stroll down down Boulevard Anspach, the broad avenue that forms the Belgian capital’s spine, and you may find the roadway empty, its limestone and wrought-iron facades echoing the footsteps of a rare passer-by on the sidewalk.
A major city goes quiet and ped friendly? Find out more!
Your first question might be “What is a DTLA`?” It was mine. It is Downtown Los Angeles. An area that not too long ago was very … errr … local. Meaning, it was not a place you would want to hang out.
As Derek Guthrie writes, this is changing. And the change is being driven by the arts.
Very cool post. And a post that gives one food for thought.
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Heatherwick, Thomas Heatherwick, is an architect who has received a number of very high profile commissions. His latest is called the “Vessel” and can be found in Hudson Yards. It looks like this
It is supposed to be a frolic. A place for people to walk around and catch amazing views.
But some are not having it. And they are going after the Heatherwick style.
What do you think?
Keep in mind that a lot of Dutch folks use bikes as a prime commuter technology. Be that as it may,this tidbit surprised me!
. … According to new market statistics 40% of all bicycle sales in The Netherlands last year were e-bikes. However, when you strip out of the total the 11% of all bicycle sales that account for childrens’ bikes then the majority of adult bikes sold were e-bikes.
I remember the bad old days. You would get on a bus, and 45 minutes later, get off just to move around in the center of the city. Traffic in London was horrendous.
The solution is simple. Charge people to drive in the heavily congested central part of the city. It was controversial when first imposed. And it is working. People are moving from car travel to public transport.
The economic point is simple. Access is a valuable public commodity. People will abuse it if they can (the tragedy of the commons). That means it has to be regulated to insure that access is not made less valuable by overuse.
Over time, I expect all major cities to impose similar systems — unless tony Seba is right, and rapid advances in EV and AV will revolutionize urban transport.
Poor management and lack of resources.
Here is the story from Fred Wilson