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KQED Forum Discussion on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

(Source: kqed.org)

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Small Town Charm: 20 Great American Hamlets

"To have your horizon shifted in a town of 6,000 by an unheralded gem of a painting or a song belted out from a band shell on a starry summer night, that’s special. It reinforces the truth that big cities and grand institutions per se don’t produce creative works; individuals do. And being reminded of that is fun."

Smithsonian Magazine via Planetizen

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"I don’t use transit because I don’t like to plan; my trips are somewhat spontaneous and I like life that way.
Ideally, the operational test for good transit … is that if I have to use a bus schedule, I won’t use transit."

— David Sucher, Sustainable Communities Collective

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Video about car use in Mexico, the high cost of “free” and subsidies, and the disconnect between funding car projects compared to the percentage of car users

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Guerilla Sidewalk: “cross wherever pleases you”

Guerilla Sidewalk: “cross wherever pleases you”

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"The remarkable intricacy and liveliness of downtown can never be created by the abstract logic of a few men. Downtown has had the capability of providing something for everybody only because it has been created by everybody. So it should be in the future; planners and architects have a vital contribution to make, but the citizen has a more vital one. It is his city, after all; his job is not merely to sell plans made by others, it is to get into the thick of the planning job himself."

— Jane Jacobs from a 1958 essay Fortune magazine recently reprinted

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Article describes Detroit’s cuts to its bus system. One rider’s description:

“‘They don’t care about low-income people or people that do catch the bus, as far as going to school or going back and forth to work,’ says one rider who’s commute time has gone from two hours to four.”

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Interesting article about cities’ attempts to curb loitering: From high frequency sounds to discourage teens from loitering to opera to keep the average person on the move to piped-in birdsong.

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(Source: goffgough, via habitualbliss)

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"First life, then spaces, then buildings; the other way around never works."

— Jan Gehl