This blog is an archive of my thoughts on personal transportation and urban life.
The shapes of our cities, how we spend our time, how we interact with our neighbors and families, how we meet people, how we spend our money, and a litany of other largely unexamined aspects of our lives, are all greatly affected by the modes of transportation we choose.
I wish to study our cultural transportation habits and analyze their very real and daily effects that we all experience. The effects can be as big as the 40,000 or so deaths that occur on U.S. highways each year or as small as how fresh our bread is. That’s right, the layout and transportation habits of the Dutch, mean that they have fresher bread than us, here in the USA.
But the purpose of this blog is not about choosing one mode of transportation or a single city layout that is best. It is about identifying what characteristics make communities, neighborhoods, towns, and cities attractive places to live and work.
Just to be clear, I do have my biases. I don’t like suburban sprawl, I don’t like traffic, and I believe in global warming (quite controversial I know). If you disagree with these things and/or dislike the writings of Jane Jacobs, David Owen, David Byrne, or Tom Vanderbilt (in no particular order), you probably won’t like me either. Although, I would love to hear from you. If you don’t know who any of those people are, that’s OK, I didn’t know them until very recently. As stated in my ME page, I am an electrical engineer by training, and a smart transportation enthusiast by choice.
Anyway, enough rambling, it is time for me to start posting.
My general opinion in photos:
This is Bad.
This is Good.