To Jane Jacobs, the great champion of urban living, stoops were as integral to the health of a city as parks, sidewalks, and street life. In our own era, as prices of townhouses soar and they once again become the domain of the city’s wealthiest residents, will the stoop survive as a neighborhood gathering place? Or are we on the verge of a new Gilded Age? After all, you need a big stoop to carry in a 100-inch TV.
Very cool kickstarter project to create the first transit network map in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The buses in Dhaka are independently run, and it can be very difficult to navigate the network for newcomers and long time users alike. Urban Launchpad, the group working on this project, explains why a user friendly transit network is so important to the future of the city:
"Since the alternatives like public transport are often much worse, when a family has enough money, the first thing they do is buy a car. […] This trend of motorisation is already underway in many places that can least afford it (dense megacities of the developing world), bringing with it not just gridlock (see traffic in Bangkok and Jakarta) but also pollution and a city where cars get more preference than people.
In Dhaka, car ownership is at a low 1%, which means now is the critical time to shore up the alternatives and the 5 million plus ridership bus system (one of the largest in the world) is perhaps the best place to start.”
yokahma, japan. by masaaki miyara (on flickr)
Original captions: Outdoor Food Market at Haymarket Square. Public Protest Saved the Square from Incorporation Into an Expressway 05/1973
Archival photos from ‘DOCUMERICA’, a US Environmental Protection Agency program whose aim was to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern”. The program ran from about 1972-1977
The Place Diagram, as developed by the Project for Public Spaces, evaluates the quality of place.
Imagine if highways were rivers. Well, in Seoul, you wouldn’t have to imagine too hard. One of the city’s busiest highways has been transformed into a beautiful river, and it has made the city more liveable in the process.