Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fatality Numbers vs. Safety

On Streetsblog, they’re waving New York’s relatively high pedestrian fatality rate as evidence the streets are unsafe and much more can be done. The region’s pedestrian death rate is the 13th worst in the nation, about the same as Houston, … Continue reading

Posted in Good/Interesting Studies, New York, Shoddy Studies, Studies | 7 Comments

Reform vs. Reformism

Urban politics in what’s now the US Rust Belt has been dominated by the same battle between the machine and the reformists since the machines first came into existence in the 19th century. Since the national partisan battles weren’t too … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, New York, Politics and Society, Urbanism | 10 Comments

New York-Area Track Maps

The original purpose of this blog was to give me a domain name to upload things related to transit. The resource I was uploading was track maps of the New York area due to Rich E Green, whose site unexpectedly … Continue reading

Posted in Freight, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation | 12 Comments

More on Density

Commenter Benjamin Hemric replies to my previous post on Manhattan density, arguing that, 1) It’s very interesting that people seem to have very, very different goals and objectives here — and it’s good that these are expressed and out in … Continue reading

Posted in Development, New York, Urban Design, Urbanism | 10 Comments

How Dense is Too Dense?

Whenever people who support restrictions on building want to justify the limits of density, they say the area is too dense, or possibly too dense for the present traffic capacity or quality of life. This is true regardless of density. … Continue reading

Posted in Development, New York, Urbanism | 15 Comments

Philadelphia Link, or Organization Before Concrete

Pedestrian Observations commenter Steve Stofka has a blog post treating Amtrak’s $117 billion high-speed rail proposal for the Northeast Corridor with all the criticism for extravagance it deserves. Focusing on his hometown of Philadelphia, he explains how Amtrak’s proposal for … Continue reading

Posted in Amtrak, Good Transit, High-Speed Rail, Incompetence, Transportation | 18 Comments

High Costs Should not be an Excuse to Downgrade Projects

In an environment of high construction costs, there’s an impulse to downgrade projects: build light rail instead of subways, BRT instead of rail, commuter rail on existing tracks instead of greenfield light rail, shared-lane buses and streetcars instead of ones … Continue reading

Posted in Construction Costs, Incompetence, Transportation, Urban Transit | 16 Comments