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Thursday, June 29

Cars

For a long time, I've been meaning to write a series of posts about why cars are evil, or less hyperbolically: why I go to some lengths to minimise my driving and so strongly support urban design that doesn't favour the car in the way most existing cities (especially in North America) do. I haven't got around to it because I knew that once I started I would end up rambling for a long time before finally feeling like I'd said my piece, and I've neither had the time to do that nor been convinced anyone would still be reading by the end. I may now never get around to it, because the Sightline Institute has been doing such a good job. So here's the lazy version - a list of reasons, most of which I'll just link to other people's posts to justify:

See what I mean about having a lot to say? And to cap it all, all of these evils can be minimised by sensible urban design. That's always going to achieve more than trying to appeal to individuals to leave their car behind when most simply don't have a realistic choice (I have the privilege of living somewhere very central in one of the US's more walkable big cities), and it can be done, if the political will is there.
posted @ 7:52 PM -

Thursday, June 1

Where the updates are

I'm finding I don't feel like blogging anywhere near as often as I used to. Instead, I'm taking and uploading photos much more regularly than before, and these days my photos are a much better tracker of what I've been up to than my infrequent rants and raves here. I might just shut this blog down altogether, or I might keep it ticking over sporadically. Meanwhile, here's what I do update regularly:

The photoblog - selected photos, usually 4-5 a week [RSS]

My flickr stream - loads of photos, in no particular order [RSS]

Flickr photo sets - more organised, but usually lagging a little behind (for instance the most recent 3 sets are all incomplete at the moment).
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