4.9.09

*** Sidewalk (Long) Weekend ***

Sidewalk Rating: Still Summertime

It's still summer, dammit. You had better make the most of the sidewalks this weekend, or I'll never speak to you again.



<<<>>>


Here's an example of what we can look forward to...




... if we're lucky!


<<<>>>


Carlos Slim, in addition to having an awesome name and being the world's richest man, is a bona fide urbanist!


"More recently, Mexico's richest businessman, Carlos Slim, established a private initiative known as the Fundacion del Centro Historico into which he initially invested $300-million and developed a long term regeneration plan for the city centre. The Fundacion initially bought 70 historic buildings and set about a major refurbishment programme to turn them generally into middle to high income residential.

"Then he brought the city government into the act in upgrading the infrastructure - pavements, beautiful period lampposts, et cetera, as well as providing a new Centro police force complete with CCTV system and relocating all the informal traders - they are now banned from El Centro!

"The result is a highly walkable public environment among some truly beautifully restored historic buildings. The refurbed residential has in turn attracted new restaurants and high quality retail."

<<<>>>


This NYT story confirms what I saw when I went to Florida last summer: lots of half-built and empty condo towers. Apparently, people have stopped believing in paradise.




<<<>>>


Awesome signs that don't tell you very much, archived on a website. Have you met my friend, Les Ismore?

[One example of geometric signage.]


<<<>>>


One of the reasons Cambridge, Mass. is so nice is that they get rid of signs like this. It's a trend, man.


<<<>>>


I went through a Mad Men phase, and am happy to see that they're covering the destruction of Penn Station as a mini-narrative this season.

Jane Jacobs was right!


[Jane Jacobs tilting at windmills.]


<<<>>>


I hope Madison, Wisc. can make the right decision about their train station. It's a battle of common sense v. bureaucratic expediency. Knowing Wisconsin, neither of these will win out in the end.


<<<>>>


Speaking of Wisconsin...



As a cyclist, I absolutely hate watching that.


<<<>>>


Beware the primrose path of dalliance, lest ye find yourself wearing Denny Hecker's auctioned shoes!

(I think you're best avoiding any company who advertises during Twins games.)


<<<>>>


As if I didn't feel bad for Duluth already, now their sidewalks are crumbling beneath their feet.

Sous le pav├ęs, le plage!

(And again.)


<<<>>>


Three photos for you!


1) Abandoned cityscape & prairie restoration. (Fm. James D. Griffioen)
2) State fair bandshell. (Img. fm. Minnpics.)


3) A nice look at the Walker sidewalk. (Img. fm. Robert.)

No comments: