How the heck did we let this happen? Cleveland, then and now (NRDC Switchboard)
Check out this amazing “before and after” photo set that illustrates the damage that building for cars can do to a downtown district. Buildings one day, parking lots today.
Here’s an interesting look into what goes into the process of designing a transit station. In this case, the challenge was threading a major station portal into a very busy public space without upsetting the prevailing feng shui — so to speak. I think the important point to take away is that every neighborhood is different, and so stations should be designed, where possible, in a manner that supports the existing community’s vision. San Francisco seems to have struck the right balance in this case.
Metro to consider station/facility name changes (Plus Metro Blog)
Blogger Jung Gatoona has a keen eye. He noticed an item on the Metro Board Executive Management Committee agenda that proposes a number of name changes to Metro Rail stations. Check out his blog to see which ones are being considered. For the record, any changes would require a two-thirds vote by the full Metro Board of Directors.
New York City chooses Alta for wide-ranging bike share (Transportation Nation)
Didn’t think public transportation could get any better in New York? The city’s Department of Transportation has pegged bike-share firm Alta to create a system for the city that would include 10,000 bikes at 600 stations spread from the “Upper West Side to Crown Heights, Brooklyn,” reports Andrea Bernstein. Alta is the company behind the successful programs in Washington D.C., Boston and Melbourne, Australia.