Tag Archives: urban design

Downtown: A New American Dream

The documentary is done(ish)! DOWNTOWN: A New American Dream premieres this Saturday at 1:00 at The Moxie. This is the final rough cut of the film. We have a few minor things to fix before we begin submitting it to film festivals. Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, urban design, urban life, Urban Planning, walking

Shared Spaces — A Documentary Short

Here’s the full, final version of Shared Spaces: Shared Spaces from acline on Vimeo. Technorati Tags: downtown, urban design, urban development, urban life, Urban Planning

Carbon Trace Update

Our documentary short Shared Spaces will screen for the first time this Wednesday evening at 7:00 at The Moxie. And it is one of 47 films chosen to screen at the New Urbanism Film Festival next month in Los Angeles. The Carbon Trace Productions team is busy editing the Downtown documentary. Our plan is to […]

Hong Kong Street Life Video

Technorati Tags: Hong Kong, urban design, urban life

Hong Kong Part 1: Mixed-Use Urbanism

Here’s a picture I took in the Mong Kok neighborhood of Kowloon in Hong Kong. I’m standing on a second-story walkway that’s part of the Bird Market and Garden. Just across the street is the Mong Kok Soccer Stadium. You can see the Flower Market below. And above the Flower Market is apartments — several stories […]

Downtown Naples in 23 Seconds

I found some good examples of walkability in downtown Naples, Florida as described by Jeff Speck in his book Walkable City. Here are 23 seconds: A Very Short Walk in Naples from acline on Vimeo. Technorati Tags: urban design, walking

Carbon Trace Re-Launch Begins 15 April

Several things have been keeping me busy this winter. I’m right in the middle of doing an academic case study examining a successful civic journalism project. I have also been re-working all of my classes — something that is regularly necessary, especially as I notice generational changes in students. Further, I have been busy re-thinking […]

What? WHAT?

I took my daughter to New York City for the first time when she was about 8 years old. We stepped out of the train station into the street, and the first thing she did was clamp her hands over her ears. In 2008, I had coffee with a friend of mine at an outdoor […]

Hoofing Sin City

I’m in Las Vegas for an academic conference. This morning I went for a walk — Tropicana to the Convention Center by way of The Strip. Wow, things have sure changed since I was here last (circa 1994). The walking environment is, well, interesting. I’ll have commentary, photos, and video when I return. Technorati Tags: […]

Changing The Suburbs After The City

How might we re-imagine the suburbs? An exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York examines that question from an architectural standpoint. While the designs are rather dramatic, perhaps the most interesting idea is that we need to “change the dream.” That means re-thinking home ownership and single-family homes. So, yes, density. But […]

Moving Forward With Bicycle Facilities

Last year I reported here, based on a conversation at a STAR Team meeting, that the city was uninterested in painting more bicycle lanes. With the creation of new lanes on Division and Benton and  the discussion at night’s STAR Team meeting, it has became clear to me that painting more bicycle lanes is in […]

Nice Day to Check Out the New Square

Park Central Square is finished. Here are the results. You’ll see that it has become a more pedestrian-friendly place. [nggallery id=6] Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, Urban and Regional Planning, urban design, urban development, Urban Planning

The Square Is Open :-)

Just in time for the First Friday Art Walk, the Square is open again. Here’s an iPhone image from a few minutes ago. Technorati Tags: cycling, urban design, urban development, Urban Planning

Square Renovations Ahead of Schedule

The following is an e-mail issued by Butler, Rosenbury & Partners today about the renovations to Park Central Square: Construction crews are finishing work on Park Central Square in downtown Springfield 20 days ahead of schedule. This is the culmination of a four-year effort to improve Springfield’s Public Square. History Originally positioned as the city center in 1838, […]

Our Urban Challenge: The Numbers Game

The Holy Grail of bicycle advocacy is numbers of kiesters in saddles on two wheels on the road. Some advocates are willing to do almost anything to increase participation — including putting novices in danger. There’s a “but”: It appears rather clear that the more people who ride bicycles in a given area the safer […]