Urban rambling – blame it on NPR

August 24, 2011
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How Anchor Stores Keep Neighborhoods Afloat : NPR.

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.


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Out and about I spied the future

August 21, 2011
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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).

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How to create your own aerial map?

August 17, 2011
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Should we allow corporations such as Google to have a monopoly on our view of the planet? – from the Beeb.

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.

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Fascinating Streetsblog about merchant misperceptions.

August 16, 2011
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Merchants Badly Misjudge How Customers Get There.

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.

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