Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cost of parking, more traffic

A surprising amount of traffic isn’t caused by people who are on their way somewhere. Rather it is caused by people who have already arrived. Our streets are congested, in part, by people who have gotten where they want to be but are cruising around looking for a place to park.

Donald Shoup is professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles (

Friday, April 11, 2014

No money for #freetransit? Arctic warming will cost USD 60Trillion

U.S. Coast Guard
Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion | Climate Central: "The new study focuses on one potential impact of Arctic warming in particular — the release of methane gas, which is a potent global warming agent, from frozen deposits known as “methane hydrates,” located beneath the East Siberian Sea. Studies have projected that as the ocean temperatures warm in response to the loss of sea ice, some of the methane will be released into the atmosphere. Methane is a more potent, but shorter-acting, global warming gas when compared to carbon dioxide (CO2)."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cost of #autosprawl, your life!

Planetizen : "The ten smartest growth counties have about a quarter of the per capita annual traffic fatality rates of the most sprawled counties. Yet, smart growth is usually advocated primarily for its infrastructure saving and environmental benefits, we fail to communicate its very large safety benefits."