With almost $1 billion in funding and ambitions to replace petroleum-based cars with a network of cheap electrics, Shai Agassi’s Better Place was remarkable even by the standards of world-changing startups. So was its epic failure.
The number of people a 3.5 meter wide lane can convey in an hour, by transport mode.
We’ve inherited a lot of inefficient, car-centric places from previous decades, but we don’t have to keep building that way. In Atlanta, with the Beltline and MARTA’s TOD projects and more, there’s new interest in building places that are centered around other transportation modes.
Two transport revolutions in the Netherlands - a quick video showing the two major changes in road infrastructure mentality in the Netherlands from the beginning of the 20th Century to the beginning of the 21st Century - from narrow, cobbled streets dominated by horses and pedestrians, to automobile-ruled asphalt expanses, to slow and pleasant streets dominated by pedestrians and cyclists again.
The United Kingdom should take some tips from this mentality of prioritising streets as places to live and not through-routes - we would benefit massively as a result.
Watch the dramatic makeover of New York City’s streets.
WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION: The case for removal of elevated expressways!
As cities around the world consider how to revitalization their aging and often deteriorated waterfronts, increasingly planners increasingly consider the removal of unsightly elevated expressways and the construction of new pedestrian and bicycle-friendly boulevards and parkways. For example, Chicago is now beginning to plan the redesign of North Lake Shore Drive, one of the great city’s most iconic arteries, and the city’s Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) and other groups are calling for a bold vision to redesign the urban landscape. The ATA’s instructive review of what Chicago can learn from San Francisco’s reconstruction of its historic Embarcadero is worth reading! See it here…
Same scale, similar size: Florence vs. Atlanta Interchange
Electric vehicles are clearly the right answer to the wrong question.