Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weekend Update

Some reading for the weekend, plus a picture below the fold...

The urban agriculture front gets a presidential boost, this is one of the most refreshing things I've seen in a long time.

Less cars are being registered for the first time in a very long time. Does that mean that there are less cars on the road or just more unregistered ones?

Here's a bit of interesting commentary on the plan to close some traffic along Broadway and in Times Square in NYC.

Speaking of NYC, Mayor Bloomberg made some cycling enemies by astutely noting that bicycles take up a lot of space and shouldn't be allowed on subways. Cyclists, in their crusade against global warming, don't seem to realize that there are indeed some drawbacks to bicycles, they aren't perfect for everyone and they do take up a lot of space. Perhaps they'll start adding bicycle racks to the trains.

An interesting article in a business magazine (for a younger generation though) reveals how permeating the dislike of suburbs is. If the author was trying to be clever, he could started with "The downturn accomplished what the downtown could not: it has turned back the tide of suburban sprawl." Oh well, maybe Fast Company will want to offer me a writing job. The title of the article is Suburbia R.I.P.

Ready for a bit of auto history? Don't forget to click the links on the right hand side for some images or click here for a Google image search of Fordlandia.

And perhaps the most important issue of the last week, the Department of Transportation (the federal one) declares that they'll be taking into account the total cost of living in concert with HUD. That total cost will include the cost of various transportation options, especially automobiles. Follow both links for more.

Don't forget the pic on the other side of the fold. A shiny prize for anybody who can place it.

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