Buenos Aires Comes Alive

A great city in a suffering country revives itself through a combination of BRT, bikeshare, and pedestrian streets: Buenos Aires: Building a People Friendly City from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Urban Studies

Pigeons and Other City Birds

When I went to look at a new place to live recently, it was already occupied. This may seem strange as the previous owner had moved months ago. The occupants were animals–not mice or rats, but pigeons. Pigeons Many people consider these birds to be pests. However, there’s something about this uniquely urban animal I like. […]

By July 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →


The Enduring San Antonio River Walk

When I was in graduate school and working at the City of Akron, officials there made a trip to San Antonio to see how that city had developed its River Walk. Many cities in the United States had canals, but that mode of transportation was replaced in the mid 19th century by railroads. More than a […]

By April 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →


A Trip to Minneapolis and the Road to Bike Sharing

Arriving in Minneapolis was fraught with a few frustrations. The walk through the airport to a light-rail station without the need for a connecting bus was convenient enough. But with the skyline in sight, the train stopped. It seemed track work this weekend would mean we’d have to get a shuttle bus for the remainder […]

By April 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Posts

Save California’s Economy…without Adding to Pollution or Congestion

The GRID project, which I joined nearly four years ago, would boost the capacity of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, while reducing truck traffic and pollution on the streets and freeways fanning out from the harbor area. That is good news for everyone living around the eastern third of LA county–from Long […]

Why Copenhagen Works, and How It Learned to Live

Copenhagen also faced doomsayers and reactionaries when it decided to knock the car off its pedestal and dedicate its public spaces to people: pedestrians first, then bicyclist, then transit and cars. The result has been prosperity and happiness…and there’s no reason it can’t work anywhere. Even in the US…. Copenhagen’s Car-free streets & Slow-speed zones […]

The Parking Problem

Here’s a superb and good-natured little Streetsfilm giving a concise synopsis of how car parking became an American obsession, how it’s killing street life and urban economies, and finally how we can get the parking burden off our backs: It’s available from CityLab—with a typically excellent article by Sarah Goodyear—here: How Parking Spaces Are Eating […]