On to the show:
Kunstler laments the willingness of MSM to play a conscious part (if you consider Pinocchio conscious) in the self-deception America seems addicted to, much like anything rhyming with "sass." In this particular case, we're referring to gas. "OMG gas! Gimme gimme gimme!" We're like cookie monster crossed with a crack addict. The critical message:
Philadelphia, the place that I still have a draft of my most recent visit unfinished yet eventually (hopefully) destined for publishing on this blog, is working on a city-wide pedestrian plan. The particulars:
This isn't feel good stuff. This is real economic development at work, the unwinding of barriers to cheap, efficient connections between people, places, goods, and services without requiring: a car loan, a mortgage w/ two-car garage, a tune-up, car insurance, a weekly (or daily) fill up at the pump, the taxes to support all of the roads, health insurance for the inevitability of traffic collisions, etc. etc.
A lengthy (and thorough) book review discussing the battle between cars and people for our public spaces (lofty rhetoric (war on... battle over...! I engage in it):
Author Richard Price, speaking on a DVD of one of The Wire seasons, once said "God is no second rate novelist." History, you can't beat it/Why I love it.
StreetsBlog has a two part post up on retrofitting suburbia, it first references the book by the same name, which is mostly pretty pictures, wishful thinking, and a design exercise than what it needs to be, an in depth analysis and conclusions as to how to leverage investment towards those pretty pictures. The second half of the post, gets to the point:
Change the form and function of streets and intersections and you provide the incentive to change the form of buildings.