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.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays

I mentioned the Holiday Bus by the Jacksonville Transit Agency and Holiday trains by freight railroads--it turns out that Kansas City Southern does a Holiday Express train too, in Denver.  WRT railroads, I wish somehow that DC's Union Station could be leveraged similarly.
Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train
Photo by Roy Inman.

And Virginia Railway Express does something too, the Operation Lifesaver Santa Train.

(I don't think WMATA will do something like this, given their ban on religious-based advertising, and the root of "the holidays" is "Christmas."  See "Federal appeals court upholds Metro's ban on Christmas-themed ads, at least for now," Washington Post.)

Holiday Express light rail train livery, Tide Light Rail, Norfolk, Virginia

The Tide light rail Holiday Express train, Norfolk, Virginia
Photos: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.

2.  I am also into stringing holiday lights across streets.  Such activity is particularly lavish in London.  See the TimeOut London article, "The Best Christmas Lights in London."

Carnaby Street Christmas Lights, London
Carnaby Street Christmas Lights, London.  Photo:  © Anatoleya

3.  The Toronto Star has an article, "Meet the Superheroes who save Christmas Day," about the people who work Christmas day, such as streetcar drivers and cinema ticket takers.

4.  In the run up to the end of the year, the Orange County Register runs its annual feature, "Most Influential 2017: Meet the 100 top influencers in Orange County." I think it's always interesting to read about people doing innovative, important work, for ideas if nothing else, and to be thankful for the people who make the kinds of contributions that help more than themselves.


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