A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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Waterfront vision: Better weather and a swimming pool by 2020

seattlish:

Last night at Fisher Pavillion, the City of Seattle put the most recent images for the vision of the ultra-fun, breezy, beautiful new waterfront on display for the public. Here are some of them, all courtesy of the City of Seattle:

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^^Lolwut, is that a swimming pool? Sure, Seattle. Sure.

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So basically, it’ll look a lot like what SLU near MOHAI is supposed to look like once those sickly little trees start to grow. Hopefully. Which would be pretty rad for both visitors and those of us who work downtown and sometimes want to go outside and see greenery.

…Of course, this is assuming the whole thing doesn’t slip away into the sea as the result of a rotten seawall and a giant hole in the ground because Bertha is still somehow stuck six years from now.

Which wouldn’t be terribly surprising. 

There are more waterfront events all week. Go check ‘em out and get a snack and talk amongst yourselves. 


BRT plays to the advantages of density, allows transit to thrive, and connects people to jobs.

BRT plays to the advantages of density, allows transit to thrive, and connects people to jobs.


The thing most correlated with the big-city disadvantage was a big delegation.

The thing most correlated with the big-city disadvantage was a big delegation.

citymaus:

minor street / major street intersection.
"before" typical American intersection
"after" sketch with expanded sidewalks, raised crosswalks, bollards to guide turning cars, and a curb-protected bike lane
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide 
via bikeportland: Three local agencies just endorsed these visions for better streets, 19.12.13.
citymaus:

minor street / major street intersection.
"before" typical American intersection
"after" sketch with expanded sidewalks, raised crosswalks, bollards to guide turning cars, and a curb-protected bike lane
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide 
via bikeportland: Three local agencies just endorsed these visions for better streets, 19.12.13.

citymaus:

minor street / major street intersection.

  • "before" typical American intersection
  • "after" sketch with expanded sidewalks, raised crosswalks, bollards to guide turning cars, and a curb-protected bike lane

NACTO Urban Street Design Guide 

via bikeportland: Three local agencies just endorsed these visions for better streets, 19.12.13.

In the meantime, the task for the civic-minded urbanist isn’t to imagine our cities without freeways, but to design ways to soften the effects of these necessary evils. To help us better live with them. Because we’re stuck with them.
citymaus:

"before" picture of a typical American "neighborhood main street"
"after" sketch. Check out the sharp corners, bump-out sidewalks, center turn lane, parklet, dedicated truck loading zone and of course the buffered bike lanes
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide 
via bikeportland: Three local agencies just endorsed these visions for better streets, 19.12.13.
citymaus:

"before" picture of a typical American "neighborhood main street"
"after" sketch. Check out the sharp corners, bump-out sidewalks, center turn lane, parklet, dedicated truck loading zone and of course the buffered bike lanes
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide 
via bikeportland: Three local agencies just endorsed these visions for better streets, 19.12.13.

citymaus:

  • "before" picture of a typical American "neighborhood main street"
  • "after" sketch. Check out the sharp corners, bump-out sidewalks, center turn lane, parklet, dedicated truck loading zone and of course the buffered bike lanes

NACTO Urban Street Design Guide 

via bikeportland: Three local agencies just endorsed these visions for better streets, 19.12.13.

(via thegreenurbanist)

This Website Wants to Help Republicans Win in Cities

worksbydk:

Kevin Lynch
+ Graphic Design

worksbydk:

Kevin Lynch

+ Graphic Design

(Source: plusdk, via 99percentinvisible)

Many European cities have already lowered speed limits to 20 mph (or 30 kilometers per hour) in urban areas. And yet in New York, the 30 mph mark has remained in place, controlled by legislators in the capital, many of whom live in communities where a car is the sole viable mode of transportation.
theatlanticcities:

After getting a parking ticket recently, one designer in New York decided to make a prototype of a parking sign she came up with two years ago.

theatlanticcities:

After getting a parking ticket recently, one designer in New York decided to make a prototype of a parking sign she came up with two years ago.

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Energy-hungry suburbs eat up urban savings

City's new era: Carrying more of the social service burden