A string of government centers — city, county and courts all have Eighth Avenue addresses — cannot make a Great Street. Unless your civic buildings are so monumental that people will walk to gawk, people won’t want to go there. They’d rather shop or eat or drink.
Entries Tagged as 'Urban Design'
October 16th, 2015 · No Comments
September 18th, 2015 · No Comments
Here’s where problem-solving becomes essential. The force we’ve not yet harnessed is the good will of all the regular people who work or dine downtown.
September 11th, 2015 · 4 Comments
What would companies charge for up to 4 million customers, on one bill? Probably less per person than you and I are paying right now.
September 4th, 2015 · 7 Comments
We can have a central event that is free and not-too-large. Or we can have a large event that won’t be central.
August 14th, 2015 · 2 Comments
The greatness must be inside before it can be seen outside. A very good first step came 20 years ago….
July 3rd, 2015 · 7 Comments
Here’s a question I find myself asking: Is now the time, and is 2077 Willamette Street the place, to build an indoor track and field complex?
May 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment
Except for the flying part, haven’t our cars become everything we expected from jet packs?
April 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment
System-wide safety is higher if nobody speeds, but it’s literally optimized if everybody just walks to wherever they are going. Highways inherently represent a conflict between safety and speed.
April 18th, 2015 · 4 Comments
Fortunately, affordable housing has an evil twin. It’s called gentrification. It drives residents out of neighborhoods they no longer can afford. The free market has gotten very good at promoting UN-affordable housing.
April 10th, 2015 · 2 Comments
The raw number of people matters, because those people compete for our jobs or become our customers or get in line ahead of us at the grocery store. The percentage of people arriving just sits on a spreadsheet and stays there.