I will miss my Borders books and my Borders Bucks for that matter (yeah I am a reader). This is a fascinating piece I heard as I woke up. I woke up much more quickly that I normally do just so I could catch this. As much as I knew about this subject I had no idea that urban versions of the bigger grocery/general stores were actually more profitable. It is always good to have information about big box redevelopment potential in your back pocket and I think I will be picking up a copy of The Option of Urbanism.
I am a someone who walks as much as I can and thinks public transportation should be able to get me anywhere else I want to go. It is nice to know that I am not as much of an oddity as I sometimes feel. I remember when I “had” to get a car (and a license to drive the thing of course). I felt so much less free.
And I got so much less fit. I am an urbanite to the core and proud of it.
As I was out at the supermarket today I saw two brand new “super fast” electric vehicle charging stations. Made me smile. Then I was listening to a They Might Be Giants playlist this evening and heard this.
Happy future, from my little suburb
There is something I dislike about electric cars, as a constant walk-and-reader, they are dangerous (you don’t hear them, you feel them and by then it could be too late). I came within inches of a prius a few years ago and have tried to be more careful. Because there will one day be more prii and the like than gas-guzzlers (and even they will be rarer than bikes).
There is a lot of work being done on open source GIS (though I don’t know anyone not using ESRI products for most things). It would be nice if there was a real choice in data layers. Right now there are google images and bing images. Balloons and iPhones may give us some great options.
Pretty amazing the differences. I am going to guess the merchants rarely use public transportation or their bikes. It is amazing the bias we bring based on our experience. I would love to see more of these studies done especially during urban renewal processes. I have heard a lot of arguments from downtown merchants and consulting planners, but I haven’t seen a lot of numbers.