This week we're going to run an article every day related to TARC, the Transportation Authority of River City. Today's theme is:
All these new developments are from the last 7 days:
Lastly, its not exactly news, but Dayton continues its unbroken nation-leading streak: 120 years of continuous electric transit operation - Wikipedia
Meanwhile, Louisville has no serious plans for modernizing mass transit, and indeed is cutting back at a breathtaking rate.
[M]any cities have taken space that was the domain of people, just people, and have pushed them out of it, unless they are in automobiles.…[M]uch of small town America has become simply highways with strip malls alongside. Most often, this was done without any consultation of the citizens -- for instance, Interstate 5 was laid out in North Portland, and all the residents who lived in the path of the freeway were simply told they had to move, no choice about it.
What this resulted in was an increasing suspicion, and finally a confident opinion in many places, that if you weren't in a car, you didn't belong outside of your house/apartment/yard. It became more and more difficult to move around outside of your own yard if you weren't in a car in many places. Because of this, many places in the U.S. have inherited cities populated with metal boxes instead of trees, grass, flowers, and most notably, people. Because of this, many places in the U.S. have inherited cities that are noisy, smelly and stressful. Because of this, many places in the U.S. have inherited cities in which their children must stay inside, cannot go anywhere on their own, where children and parents alike feel afraid to enter public space, and where, once you step out your front door, you must be on guard.
Graphic via Infrastructurist
Sorry for the long delay in posting. Things have been busy!
Prominent local advocate Kirk Kandle has sold his volvo and gone cold-turkey car free. His many blog entries detail the various tactics he's using to maintain mobility.
Meanwhile, Louisvillian ex-pat Karen V. profiles car-free CART members
And lastly I just have to link to this suburb-retrofit article at Infrastructurist. Money quote: "America’s senior citizens" are the "New Urbanist vanguard". The Lexington Streetsweeper also weighs in.
Reminder: Ohio River Bridges would demolish large fractions of Butchertown. Will those displaced people move to an equivalent, low-energy place to live, or move further out where they'll clog up more roads and pollute more air?
["Transfers" is the name of our new link-blogging series]