Spring 2010 – Post your “TRANSPORTATION & LAND USE”  topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citation, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per week on your topic.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).

    69 Responses to “Transportation & Land Use”

    1. duncan888 Says:

      Excellent article from a blogger named Scott Schneider who observes that traveling throughout the west & desert southwest that despite two years of economic depression nothing has really changed regarding our obsession with single occupancy car use & freeways built out in the middle of everywhere.


      “When one drives through the Southern and Western United States, it is immediately clear that in the last 10 years there has been no reversal of America’s commitment to a total automotive, sprawl culture. NONE WHATSOEVER. This is true in spite of the Economic Depression of the last 2 years with no end in sight, and the reality of Peak Oil undeniably upon us.”

      “Not only is the lifestyle unchanged, its premises are totally unchallenged. The car is a basic right as well as a necessity – it is part of one’s personhood, especially one’s manhood.”

      “……………a ride on any of America’s freeways in the Heartland will immediately dispel any notion that there’s an audience even remotely interested. They don’t know, and they don’t want to know. With Rush Limbaugh blaring on the radio, they’re too busy sending inane text messages while they drive with one hand on the steering wheel.”

      It’s a good article.


    2. duncan888 Says:

      Here is a great short video from UCLA Urban Planning Professor Dr. Donald Shoup who is also the author of The High Cost of Free Parking.

      He explains how free parking in cities create untold congestion as people cruise around the city looking for “free” parking, & also create air pollution amongst other things.



    3. duncan888 Says:

      Great video here from Youtube-called “Built to Last”

      This video compares & contrasts the dense urban structures with suburban sprawl. It’s a well made video. In order to save the natural environment we need to make a better, more functional urban environment that makes more efficient use of resources.


    4. duncan888 Says:

      Hi folks,

      Beautiful quote here from Henry David Thoreau-

      “A house was rarely visible, we never saw one from the beach, & the solitude was that of the ocean & the desert combined”.

      Is it a good thing for houses to stick out like a sore thumb from the landscape, or is it better for them to blend in to their surroundings?


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