Category: TOD

The family compound: Part 2, Expanding the family

23 September, 2013 (13:08) | ADU, Configuration, Families, Housing, Infill, Informality, Los Angeles, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, Urbanization, US News, Verticality, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday post using as source an interesting if oblivious Wall Street Journal (June 3, 2013) article showed that when a city is facing continuous immigration pressure, that city must go up (into high-rises, often condos) or infill (by increasing FAR of already-developed plots), because otherwise […]

The family compound: Part 1, Expanding the property

19 September, 2013 (13:15) | ADU, Configuration, Families, Housing, Infill, Informality, Los Angeles, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, Urbanization, US News, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   My years working on slums, slum formalization, and slum upgrading have opened my eyes to two urban phenomena – informality and urban evolution – that are seemingly invisible to ordinary formal-world observers, even people paid to look at such things, as illustrated by this interesting Wall Street Journal (June 3, 2013) […]

A desire named streetcar: Part 3, the charm of idling

26 October, 2012 (09:19) | Boston, Cities, Light rail, Portland, Samuel Scheib, Streetcars, Theory, TOD, Transit |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   In the first age of streetcars, 1875 to 1925, as documented by Samuel L. Scheib in Reason (October, 2012), they revolutionized cities as a form of efficient, clean, cheap urban transport – and in remaking cities, they enabled us to […]

A desire named streetcar: Part 2, the defect of congestion

25 October, 2012 (10:17) | Boston, Cities, Light rail, Portland, Samuel Scheib, Streetcars, Theory, TOD, Transit |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday, using as source material a discursive exposition by Samuel L. Scheib in Reason (October, 2012), we traveled through the birth, apex, and rapid decline of America’s streetcars as urban transport.  Now we enter the modern era, and here the grid networks of America and […]

A desire named streetcar: Part 1, the virtue of speed

24 October, 2012 (15:57) | Boston, Cities, Light rail, Portland, Samuel Scheib, Streetcars, Theory, TOD, Transit |

By:David A. Smith   Usually packed, by the way   Tourists like to idle through a city.      Commuters want to groove through it.     Perhaps that idealization of the perky tourist hub is the reason so many cities have become expensively enamored of streetcars, trolleys, or light rail (pick your expression, they’re […]