Category: Commuting

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 3, Going through all the drama

21 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Over the sterile roads and the streets beyond – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) Our three-part journey into the etiquette, legality, and urban planning inherent in on-street parking of densely populated residential area, using as our seed an aren’t-people-piggy? oriented article in the […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 2, An hour to find a space

20 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Out of the City Point streets, the musical shuttle, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, so long as the personal vehicle is an affordable mode of transportation, people want them, but even though we value the convenience of our own car, […]

Out of the parking, endlessly circling: Part 1, It’s yours for a couple of days

19 May, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Cambridge, Cars, Cities, Commuting, Households, Housing, Infrastructure, Markets, Municipal, Parking, Regulation, Transit, Urban land use, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith I demand … parking Out of the parking endlessly circling, – Walt Whitman (paraphrased) As we humans are easily enslaved by our metal overlords, we gradually internalize our masters’ needs – their room for living space, their restless urge to roam, and their need for curbside access, as reported unsympathetically in […]

Invisible private infrastructure: Part 2, Young and educated and millionaires

15 October, 2013 (12:30) | Buses, Commuting, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, Markets, Privatization, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, designer Eric Rodenbeck’s lovely and insightful map showing the private commuting infrastructure network set up by Silicon Valley’s tech giants, featured in Wired (September 6, 2013), has revealed a phenomenon – reverse commuting powered by employer-assisted mass transit – that he […]

Invisible private infrastructure: Part 1, Techy progeny launched

11 October, 2013 (12:17) | Buses, Commuting, Housing, Infrastructure, Land use, Markets, Privatization, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Transportation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Architect and designer Eric Rodenbeck is a clever fellow, for as demonstrated in a recent article in Wired (September 6, 2013), he hit upon the novel idea of mapping San Francisco’s corporate shuttle buses as if they were a public bus network, and from that graphic he drew quite a set […]