Tag Archives: Transportation

Why We Need Innovation, Not Insulation

Conservation and behavior change alone will not get us to the dramatically lower levels of CO2 emissions needed to make a real difference. We also need to focus on developing innovative technologies that produce energy without generating any CO2 emissions at all.
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from Human Transit: Think Tanks, Binary Thinking, and “Bus vs Rail”

I’ve had the opportunity of late to sit in on a variety of local transit oriented conversations at county, institutional, neighborhood, and individual citizen levels here in Florida, and the experience has been educational. Transportation quickly loses its meaning in such talks and instead becomes both code and symbol for underlying fears and desires. When the topic of light rail came up one older gentleman shook with anger and declared that nobody would take his Cadillac away as long as he was still breathing. Charlton Heston was evoked not only by the gentleman’s tone and syntax, but also by the violence of his near-non sequitor. Fear so dominated his mind that he was unable to even have the conversation. Perceived symbols of various isms, cultures, and histories inevitably raise the temperature of any discussion. Continue reading

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from FASLANYC: You Only Go to Midtown if You’re a Masochist

The NYALSA President’s Dinner was held in NYC this past week and one of the guests of honor was DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. In the last three years Sadik-Khan has reached cult status here in the city; she is a potent combination of geeky transportation guru, guerilla designer, and hipster chic. She gives talks with Mitchell Joachim and David Byrne, Transportation Alternatives chief Paul Steely “Don’t call me Steely” White is a big fan, and she initiated the popular Summer Streets program, all while holding court in Albany and ruthlessly expanding bike lines and pedestrian amenities throughout the city. She’s got a cadre of young upstarts in her department that think bikers and pedestrians have priority over the maniacal cab drivers and trash trucks, and sometimes she even takes their side.

But, I’m not here to list her accomplishments. I am here to critique the tangible results. Continue reading

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