An interesting corollary to the last post is that there is now evidence that homes with a greater range of services in walking distance fetch higher prices.
Archive | August, 2009
Bicycle-based vendors are making their mark on Portland’s street culture and business landscape. Elly and Sara host a discussion with local two- and three-wheeled shopkeepers. Can you fit an entire convenience store onto a bike? What does it feel like to pedal a coffee shop over the Hawthorne Bridge? How is the city permit office handling these new kinds of mobile businesses?
11AM-Noon, Wednesday, September 2nd
KBOO FM 90.7
Streamed live at KBOO.fm
Podcast here later that day
An article on “grist” makes the case that the transition from neighborhood-based retail to big boxes is one of the contributors to increasing per-capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and makes the case for a return to neighborhood retail as a way to combat global warming.
I mentioned that I was reading Resilient Cities.
From the book, here are the key elements for a resilient transport city:
- A transit system that is faster than traffic in all major corridors.
- Viable centers along the corridors that are dense enough to service a good transit system.
- Walkable areas and cycling facilities that can mean easy access by nonmotorized means, especially in these centers.
- Services and connectivity that can guarantee access at most times of the day or night without time wasted.
- Phasing out freeways and phasing in congestion taxes that are directed back into the funding of transit and walk/cycle facilities as well as traffic-calming measures.
- Continual improvement of vehicle engines to ensure emissions, noise, and fuel consumption are reduced, especially a move to electric vehicles.
- Regional and local governance that can enable visionary green transport plans and funding schemes to be introduced.
What do we think of the list?