A Transportation Vision For Boulder—Urban Design, Part 3
by PLAN-Boulder County
Sixteen percent of all people killed in motor vehicle accidents are pedestrians and bicyclists
Suzanne Jones, social activism, appreciation for outdoors have shaped City Council member
by Brittany Anas
Hoping to take the baton for another lap
A Transportation Vision For Boulder—Urban Design, Part 2
by PLAN-Boulder County
Roads designed for high-speed car travel are unattractive and hostile
Blue Line Board
The ballots are here and it's time to vote in the Boulder municipal election. But first, educate yourself about the who and the what. As in past elections, the Blue Line has pulled together the resources to [Read More]
Does Boulder have too many jobs? If you are out of work, then Boulder needs at least one more job. If you are a commercial developer then Boulder needs as many jobs as you can convince the planning department [Read More]
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Image from the Guardian (click through for photo information) "Throughout the past year, bloggers from across the world have been asked to name one thing they would change about their city if they were mayor for a day. Almost half of the 36 who made these one-minute video “manifestos” requested more inclusive spaces for their fellow [...]
Image from Digital Journal (click through for photo information) "Researchers have some new insights into how power diminishes a person's capacity for empathy. According to scientists, a sense of power shuts down a part of the brain that helps us connect with others. "For their study that builds on past information about how the brain [...]
"From a distance, the result in Inclusive Communities looks like a win. Writing for himself and the four moderate-liberals, Justice Kennedy explained that the disparate-impact interpretation had a lot going for it: it tracks two other Court precedents concerning the employment-discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age [...]
"In 1884, Dr. Edward Trudeau, a consumptive himself, opened the first public tuberculosis sanitarium in Saranac Lake, New York. His first open-air cottage, 'Little Red,' inspired the design of a number of institutions throughout the country that prescribed fresh air and sunlight as a cure for tuberculosis. "These initial open-air shacks [...]
"Words are powerful. They shape the way we see the world around us. "It's a quote I have used a couple of times, from bike activist Aaron Naparstek. I thought of it again as I saw this tweet from urban designer Gil Penalosa: Patricia Keenan, 38, died after she hit the door of a parked car that suddenly opened What? http://t.co/3SXWvsOIFP [...]
"A bike lane is not Placemaking; neither is a market, a hand-painted crosswalk, public art, a parklet, or a new development. Placemaking is not the end product, but a means to an end. It is the process by which a community defines its own priorities. This is something that government officials and self-proclaimed Placemakers ignore at their own [...]
"In late March of this year the Los Angeles City Council adopted two Interim Control Ordinances (ICOs) intended to provide a cooling off period for neighborhoods under assault by out-of-scale single-family residential development. "Los Angeles’ economy and real estate market has fully recovered, and we are once again seeing intense [...]
"A good place has at least 10 reasons to be in it, and what gets people to come back to a place or to have a memorable experience is the layering of things in it. We are often told that the aesthetics and the infrastructure, the form of the space is the most important factor. Those play a role, but it is really about how those support uses and [...]
"Our civic spaces are intensely personal, shaping the terrain of our lives and our memories. They influence how we think, feel, act and express our identity. 'We make every effort to adapt to our environment, but when it is disorderly, chaotic or saturated with noise and ugliness, such overstimulation makes it difficult to find ourselves [...]
"During the war, the U.S. Navy erected more than 160,000 Quonset huts on four continents and throughout the Pacific. 'A team of eight Seabees could assemble a barracks in eight hours by just driving nails through the ribs,' says Commander James Monroe, the Seabee veteran who heads the museum. "Designed for the Navy by architects and engineers [...]
Preservation Leadership Forum Blog | Making Old City Buildings Green Buildings: An Interview with Architect Tom Liebel
"Our older buildings provide a sense of groundedness and context—they help us remember how we arrived in our current state. They also provide the armature upon which a new city can arise..." Read the interview at the Preservation Leadership Forum: Making Old City Buildings Green Buildings: An Interview with Architect Tom Liebel.
"Four-lane undivided highways have a history of relatively high crash rates as traffic volumes increase and as the inside lane is shared by higher-speed through traffic and left-turning vehicles. One option for addressing this safety concern is a 'Road Diet'. A Road Diet involves converting an existing four-lane undivided roadway segment to a [...]