Category: Transit

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 […]

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 […]