FYI: You can read this on Strong Towns! The word “Stroad” has officially made it into the Urban Dictionary. “Noun. Portmanteau of “street” and “road”: it describes a street, er, road, built for high speed, but with multiple access points. Excessive width is a common feature. A common feature in suburbia, especially along commercial strips. […]Read more "Do stroads cause more accidents?"
Cross-posted on Streets.MN — I bumped into an article on how Detroit will join some European nations and build America’s first shipping container building. It got me thinking: shipping container housing is a terrible idea. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Why? Because it’s the “same shit, different day” and “experiment on the poor” urban […]Read more "Shipping Container Housing is a Terrible Idea"
*A big thanks to Bill Lindeke (of Streets.MN and TC Sidewalks) for the great Minneapolis skyway tour (courtesy of the Soap Factory’s Common Room). Note: In real life, talk of revolution was light, but the tour was stopped by two separate authority figures and told to leave.Read more "Bill’s Skyway Revolution Tour"
The Sanford Center (as discussed here and here) is a $75 million convention center in Bemidji, Minnesota. As it turns out, it’s about the same size as downtown (minus a few blocks). And, this doesn’t include the “green space” next to the site. The parking lot is 10 blocks large (as displayed here). Financing of […]Read more "It’d Take Up Mostly All of Downtown #Bemidji"
Last week The Atlantic Cities asked if it is time to stop building convention centers? Here’s a quick recap: Over the last 20 years, convention space in the United States has increased by 50 percent; since 2005, 44 new convention spaces have been planned or constructed in this country alone. That boom hasn’t come cheap. […]Read more "Bemidji’s Mistake on the Lake"
You can read a few quotes from myself over at Salon.com in a great piece by Will Doig. Will writes about cities in Salon and has some really stellar pieces (e.g.: Rust Belt chic: Declining Midwest cities make a comeback and Whole Foods is coming? Time to buy). Here are a few excerpts from the […]Read more "Urban entertainment districts @ Salon.com"
My last Strong Towns post was cross-posted in Better! Cities and Towns (formerly New Urban News). This is great, and I’m happy that I was able to get the article out there. There were a few comments on both sites and I wanted to take some time to respond. The first comment: “this article had […]Read more "Answering a few comments on “Entertainment Districts”"