Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Linkages

First and foremost, a must read.  Yonah Freemark dismantles Dallas's ridiculously misguided idea to build yet another freeway, along another freeway, along a new transit line, and within a proposed massive new park.  Any of which would be a bad idea on its own, but Freemark singles out the expense paid towards the DART green line through the same corridor:
Transportation planning is about the choice between transit and roads, but it is also about whether to invest at all. Dallas has spent billions of dollars on a rail rapid transit network, but it has simultaneously undermined it with the construction and maintenance of huge road capacity. What is the point of investing in the former when the latter makes it unviable?
In other words, you can't have it both ways.  If we're serious about DART and transit, we'd be trying to support it rather than investing to keep the scales tilted against it.
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Cities as a center of revolt and commodity, a presentation from the Future Cities conference in the UK:
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And continuing on the idea of Charter Cities, economists and architects debate... and architects are doing themselves no favors with these renderings.  You DO want to be taken seriously, don't you?  Don't you?