Urban Mobility

Artists of various urban futures are fond of envisioning the easy movement of people and goods as a visually exciting urban benefit. We see crowded, yet free-flowing shoulder-to-shoulder sidewalks, sweeping multi-layered elevations serving every possible land use linked to a landscape capable of moving everything from the fruits of a 24/7/365 vertical farm to thousands of colleges students from class to internships across regions.

The visions such as the image (above) presented on the Foster Foundation’s website have begun to meet the technology needed to implement an extraordinary integration of movement with architecture. Three broad questions must be answered to establish a foundation for this vital parts of urban design.

  1. Where would it be best to attempt this expand and integrate free-flowing movement?
  2. What are the political mechanisms for linking the movement of people and goods to the architecture of places?
  3. How does movement infrastructure merge with the architecture of buildings and the layout of cities?

The first question on where this vision might be implemented were examined by the Foster foundation and others using three city typologies – Mexico City with 16,000 residents per square mile as a high-rise, high-density city core, London with 7,000 residents per square mile as a medium-rise, high-density city and the region surrounding the 47 square mile City of San Francisco involving 7 million people in nine counties and 101 municipalities representing the spreading typology of a low-rise, low-density metropolis.  Surrounding counties such as Sonoma have about 4,500 residents per square mile while Marin has a resident population density of around 200 people.

 

 

Truth or Dare

  You can get something from new representatives about the truth, even a Republican from Nebraska.  On the first day of the Judge Kavanaugh hearing, Sen. Ben Sasse made a strong almost non-partisan point.  He says Congress must stop pushing its power to the executive branch to avoid taking responsibility and promote reelection. He stopped short of calling it cowardice, just saying that was no way to live your life.  He warned that this practice is leading to a politicized Supreme Court.  He sees this as a failure of the duty of congressional representatives and begged his colleagues to keep politics in Congress and to leave the Supreme Court alone.  Watch Fox clip here or the longer PBS clip here: Germane to what Ben said here is I”m Just a Bill and The Constitution from School House Rock

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” — George Orwell

Authoritarian control is a pattern that repeats, from the bread and circus of Rome to the popcorn and Netflix of today. Across the spectrum, the interest in lowering education, limiting cultural exchange and individual expression is that pattern.

“Just remember what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” — Donald Trump POTUS45 The next addition in the series is entitled – Managing Change.  Our failures have roots and we must all take a serious look at the kind of future we want and compare that with what we are likely to get.

Indivisible Brooklyn

The idea of a CD Nine Indivisible faded into the following outfit. It has remained keenly interested in Federal, State, and City races using the following resources serving Brooklyn voters. They have an interest in putting people on the street,  get them out organizing and into the voting booths of election districts throughout Brooklyn.

Politics

If one thing could damage the Republic, it would be the strategies and tactics of “divide and conquer.” The folks that created Indivisible organized it in the aftermath of 2016. Everything discovered since that national election tells us that a revival of interest in local, state and national thinking is needed to reaffirm the purpose of democracy.

Rex L. Curry

Task: select representatives with new resources for voters. Complacent incumbency no longer functions well. That used to be OK, but no longer. Whether you want to put people on the street to canvas or organize on an issue to get people into the voting booths in your election districts or just make an informed decision and vote, this page starts local and goes global.

There are several hundred posts and pages in this resource. All of the tinged with this opinion. The G.O.P. has been warped by the obstructions of McConnell, the disturbing forgiveness of the Evangelicals, the odd dissembling of Limbaugh and the misdirection of FOX.  When Tom Friedman offered up a call for a “unity government” in his opinion in a NY Times opinion April 7, 2020 (here). Sure, like that is going to happen.

The following components deal with local to national political action.

Local

Attempts to make sense of the national political matrix are aided with analysis and experience with a home district. I live in the 9th CD and use it as a lens for community boards, city and state representatives in a common but over lapping political geography. To start:

The Ninth CD
More on CD 9

State

The blueness of New York State as a reflection of the national mood reflects, the progressive values of diverse urban centers, while much of the suburban to rural counties appear conservative with many leaders prone to corruption. To start:

Corruption
Represent Us


National

Turning facts into policy is breaking down into a dialogue with zombies the way Paul Krugman sees it. The attempt here is to seek ideas from think-tanks and policy groups who are trusted for their commitment to facts and thoughtful outlook. To start:

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