An interesting blog post about the planned community of Irvine Ranch in California from Randall Crane Urban Planning Research: Researching Irvine which discusses Columbia, Maryland as well as the work of my colleague Ann Forsyth.
I am still not clear why we entered the war in Iraq.
Many opponents of the war say it was for oil, but destroying oil fields doesn’t result in there being more oil anytime soon. Given that the price of oil has gone up (as have oil company profits), maybe it was a “war against oil”, but surely had that been the oil companies Machiavellian aim, that could have been achieved much easier (just bomb the oil fields).
An example of a recent line of reasoning … Bring On The $6 Gallon Of Gas / It would revolutionize America. It would make us all better humans. But could you handle it?
Another example from Andrew Sullivan
Or this from Thomas Friedman
Howard Greenstein summarized my talk on “Lessons from the The Transportation Experience at Meshforum. Thanks for the notes, I always wonder what I actually say when I give a talk, and what others think the salient bullets are.
Random Thoughts from HowardGr: Meshforum – David Levinson
Whether entering a city for the first time, or entering it for the five-thousandth, a traveler interacts with the environment to obtain cues. A first time traveler is very concerned about issues of navigation … where should I go? … how should I get there?, while the experienced resident may rely on memory and history to make those same decisions. Yet in complex cities, there are many places even the most experienced residents may never have explored, there are paths untaken, and like Heraclitus’ River, you never really step into the same city twice.
The website Visualcomplexity.com has some really nice transportation graphics, which I became aware of after seeing Manuel Lima present at Meshforum. In particular, the travel time remapping of the London Underground is quite slick.
I will be on The Exchange | New Hampshire Public Radio 9:00 am Eastern Time, Monday, May 8, 2006, talking about commute times and such.
In Dynamist Blog: Angelenos for Higher Gas Prices Virginia Postrel notes the upside of higher gas prices … less traffic. We can do a back-of-the-envelope calculation. So let’s say her car gets 30 miles per gallon, and gas is $3 per gallon, she is paying $0.10/mile. If she were traveling at 50 miles per hour when gas was $2 per gallon ($0.067/mile) and 60 miles per hour now (at $3/gallon), she is traveling 20% faster (a one mile trip used to take 1 minute and 12 seconds but now only takes 1 minute). (I doubt average speeds have increased that much, but if she is noticing it, it is probably at least 10%).
A View Of Urban Sprawl From Outer Space by Jenny Hall
Hall writes: ‘Roads, on the other hand, have no impact on the extent to which development is scattered, despite commonly held beliefs to the contrary. “We looked at a lot of measures of road density – miles of road per area, average distance to a road, distance to an interstate exit – and we could find no relation between those measures and the scatteredness of development,” Turner says.’