Self-driving cars will bring huge changes to the structure of American cities, American mobility, consumer culture, and road safety–but how much of the hype is fact and how much is fiction?
Recently, my son and I experimented with catching the MARTA bus instead of driving. One experiment went pretty well while the other one… Not so much.Read more "A Tale of Two Bus Rides"
Is gentrification just the natural ebb and flow of people in cities or can its negative effects be curtailed? And what can one person do about it?Read more "The Big Question: To Gentrify or Not To Gentrify?"
Has it really (only) been a year?Read more "One Year On"
Two years since it went live, we’ve had time to watch the streetcar play out and read endless reaction pieces, so I thought I’d reflect a little as well.Read more "Reflections: The Rise of the Modern American Streetcars"
“Development without displacement.”Read more "“No Bad Days,” Down at 787 Windsor"
Let’s be honest.Read more "Does Atlanta Really Need 68 Miles of Streetcars?"
“Avalon:” A legendary country covered by fruit trees and clean cut glades of grass, where King Arthur found Excalibur and later became his retreat in times of trouble. According to what little record was left, this place of wealth and wellbeing required a sea voyage to reach, leaving its true location up to speculation and […]Read more "Walking in Avalon: A New Direction For Alpharetta?"
Three years ago, I attended a conference hosted by the Livable Communities Coalition, then still a part of the Atlanta Regional Commission. It was a day long affair of presentations and discussions, with one led by famous author and city planner Jeff Speck. My favorite part of the event came towards the end of the […]Read more "Walkabout With PEDS & Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s Director of TOD"
You can learn a lot about a place just from sitting and listening to the people on the streets.Read more "A Look At The People Walking By & The Week Ahead"