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malyk · 2016-06-27 · Original thread
According to Jeff Speck ( 1 way streets have a negative economic impact for the business that line those streets. Which I think makes intuitive sense. Anyway, that doesn't matter in C:S, but it probably matters in the real world.
saraid216 · 2014-02-09 · Original thread
I mentioned these books below, but they serve as a reasonably comprehensive answer to this question:

* (Warning: Speck's tone is pretty bad.)


lancewiggs · 2013-09-01 · Original thread
I would think that contractors need to dig a deep hole to ensure the foundations of the building are secure - get into the bedrock, especially in earthquake zones. Whether the car parks are below or above ground is moot.

That said - The High Cost of Free Parking (1) and The Walkable City (2) are both excellent reads on the matter of parking and car parks. The second is the more readable.

(1) (2)

saraid216 · 2013-06-02 · Original thread
I recommend this book as relevant to your interests:

Speck is kinda acerbic, but if you can get past this, his points are very good.

saraid216 · 2013-04-23 · Original thread
> In response to the general subject of driving, it is my opinion that arbitrary point-to-point human mobility is an essential feature of an ideal society. The inability to move from place to place for employment, vacation, or recreation is, again in my opinion, detrimental to society's mutual respect and wellbeing, and leads to economic and cultural segregation.

But a pervasive public transit system, combined with cycling and walking, achieves that. What it doesn't achieve is the capacity to ship large items between arbitrary points, and a distinct comparative slowness when traveling long distances (vaguely defined).

And you could just as easily argue that the health of a society is degraded by the over-usage of what amounts to an isolating coffin on wheels. There are no opportunities to casually chat with a stranger (unless you carpool with different people, or yell out the window at stopped traffic lights) while in transit: only the endpoints of your trip matter for the cross-pollination you speak of. I would expect this results in zones of high quality surrounded by the mortar of low quality areas.

Incidentally, I picked up this book today: I haven't read it yet and thus cannot recommend it.

malyk · 2013-01-22 · Original thread
A great book that was recently released that talks about how to "fix" cities is Walkable City by Jeff Speck. Very compelling read.

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