…in semi-suburban Pacific Palisades. The bicycle revolution is slowly making its way to Los Angeles…
Posted in Auto Independence, Bicycles, Culture, Sustainability, transit, Transportation, What if?
Tagged bicycle revolution, bicycles, cargo bikes, Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades
Yep, I’m back.
First off, thank you to the thousands of readers who continued to visit the Planologie Blog despite nary a new post in over a month. I expected my modest readership to dry up completely, and am quite pleased to be proven wrong.
Secondly, I’m changing things up a bit. Sea changes in my life have sent me on a bit of a walkabout, with my next couple of years to be spent studying Urban Studies in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, and Madrid, among other European locales. First, though, I’m in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Boston for a month apiece. I’m going to spend less time researching articles to repost, more time exploring, observing, and documenting my travels. Posts will no longer be daily; two or three per week is my new target, and it might take a bit before I’m back to even that. The viewpoint will remain, of course, focused on urban planning-related issues.
Again, thank you everyone for sticking with me. Hopefully the best is yet to come.
Posted in Josh Grigsby, Uncategorized
Tagged boston, brussels, Copenhagen, europe, Florida, Los Angeles, madrid, New Orleans, planologie blog, Seaside, urban planning, Vienna
Los Angeles is strapped for cash. Officials are resorting to the equivalent of digging under sofa cushions for change: ticketing unlicensed dog owners, cracking down with parking tickets, and raising Metro fares. But they’re going about it the wrong way — there’s gold right in LA’s streets, just waiting to be exploited. All that’s needed is a proper vision.
Posted in Auto Independence, can bicycles save the world?, Culture, David Yoon, human scale, Livability, mashups, Placemaking, Transportation, urban design, urban planning, walkable, What if?
Tagged bicycle infrastructure, bicycles, bike friendly, bikeable, bikes, David Yoon, Los Angeles, mashups, Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica, street conversion, streets for people, Third Street Promenade, urban infill, walkable
The New Orleans that was swept away when the levees broke cannot be restored. A new New Orleans is rising—it cannot be otherwise. Isn’t it possible that in this new New Orleans there is room for Frank Gehry and Andres Duany? For the experimental and the traditional? For the future and the past? Can’t this new New Orleans be a city that retells the stories of its forebears while crafting new tales of its own? It has been a long time since New Orleans had anything new to add to the larger discussion of American urbanism. A long time since the national spotlight shone on it for reasons other than crime, poverty, catastrophe, or the musical achievements of the past.
History should never be forgotten, but neither should it be made into a golden calf. Cities need to breathe, they need to periodically remake themselves. As long as the people remaking New Orleans remain in service to the city’s most vulnerable residents, New Orleans wins. Architects win. Design wins. Creativity wins. Experimentation wins. A new vernacular arises alongside the old. Continue reading
Posted in Culture, History, human scale, Josh Grigsby, Livability, Neighbors, Placemaking, Response Pieces, Sustainability, Uncategorized
Tagged 2036 Seventh Street, 3105 Law Street, 3428 Dauphine Street, 409 Andry Street, aesthetic diversity, American urbanism, Andres Duany, Andrew Blum, architecture, Arts & Crafts, Brad Pitt, Brooklyn Bridge, Build Now, California Modern, Cape Cod, Chris Graythen, CNU, Colonial, community, Crystal Palace, Eiffel Tower, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, experimentation, Frank Gehry, Global Green, globalism, Hurricane Katrina, James Marston Fitch, Kieran Timberlake, Los Angeles, Make it Right, middle-out planning, Modern Green Design, N'awlins, neighborhood character, neighborhoods, New Orleans, New Urbanism, Ninth Ward, Pacific Palisades, porches, post-Katrina, Santa Monica, Scott Bernhard, Seaside, Spanish Villa, Steven Bingler, Sustainability, Sustasis Foundation, The Atlantic, Thom Mayne, Tom Darden, Tulane, ultramodern, URBANbuild, urbanism, vernacular architecture, Victorian, Wayne Curtis, William McDonough, William Monaghan