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, June 02, 2017

Natural Resources Defense Council blogs: Cities, Communities Keeping the Promise of Paris Alive

The Natural Resources Defense Council is one of the nation's leading inter/national environmental advocacy organizations, with a heavy research focus.  A number of the organization's staffers have written pieces regarding President Trump's decision to opt out of the Paris accords concerning climate change.

From email:
NRDC experts discuss below in new blogs the reckless decision by President Trump yesterday to withdraw from the Paris agreement, despite opposition from the vast majority of American citizens and businesses.

In response to Trump's announcement, communities, businesses, cities and states across the country are charging forward with clean energy solutions, and a renewed commitment to cutting our carbon emissions.   

NRDC blog articles:

- Rhea Suh, president, NRDC: Keeping the Promise of Paris Alive
- Annie Notthoff, director, California Advocacy: California Moving Forward as Trump Abandons Paris Agreement
- Jake Schmidt, director, International Program: We Must Fight Trump's Decision on Paris Agreement
- Shelley Poticha, director, Urban Solutions: Local Leaders Defy Trump's Paris Withdrawal

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At 10:34 AM, Anonymous charlie said...

Also this:

The link is more about a way of thinking that the actual prediction.

(That said, in 2013 I think I argued with you that uber was working in DC b/c of too many black cars with nothing to do. So clearly was very wrong).

I do think there is a S curve is some disruptions but had to evaluate.

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Richard Layman said...

will read before I comment... but I am preparing to write a short update to Richard's Rules for Restaurant-Based Revit. and last week the WSJ had a series on "The New Lunch."

One of the things I was thinking, speaking of "clearly was very wrong" is that I have been looking at meal replacement ventures like Blue Apron wrong.

To me, it increases the price of a meal over preparing it yourself, because the cost/portion is about $10.

So that's maybe $5-$6 per portion higher than preparing from scratch.

But it's still a few dollars cheaper per portion compared to going out...

That's the way you have to look at it.

2. but as a business model, all uber does is replace "the medallion owner" with uber. It's not a revolution except in service, moving from a street hail based system to a call/reservation system.

but as we have discussed for years, there is nothing in the model that justifies the lower price, which comes at the cost of income for the driver.

and it wouldn't work if it weren't venture-capital subsidized.

otoh, there was a gap in service quality.

however, from the standpoint of "baumol cost disease" a new entrant can always come in with lower costs, but over time the pricing will revert to the previous higher point.

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous charlie said...

sigh, meant to post this in the other one.

on CO2:

1. Mandating climate in the building code would help a lot, IN spain you have external window shutters on everything. Ugly, makes the inside quite dark and spanish but decent for control. Cost to retrofit would be too high.

2. See this:

On Uber:

Yeah, I agree, just didn't think it would blow up so much.


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