Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, February 10, 2012

"Vindication" : transit planning

While I have one major difference of opinion and he may in fact be right (streetcars vs. buses), basically transit planner Jarrett Walker--who has been presenting in the region this week, in support of his new book, Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives, published by Island Press--advocates professionally for just about everything I've been writing about transit-transportation planning over the past 7 years:

- a focus on efficiency
- transit system legibility
- but not at the expense of quality, efficient, focused services (e.g., we're talking about you, Circulator) that he calls symbolic (tourist-focused, political, etc.)
- the need to develop a community vision and consensus about transportation

- although my ideas about high frequency transit subnetworks have been directly influenced by his work; etc.

TBD has an excellent interview with him here, "Jarrett Walker imagines unified transit that respects its riders." Since the events yesterday were sold out, many people probably didn't get to hear him speak, and the TBD article is comprehensive.

The talk as part of the Smart Growth Speaker series at the National Building Museum is likely to be put online soon.

The talk at the Montgomery County Department of Planning's Speaker Series is already online. I don't know if they will be putting up his slide presentation as well.

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