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#StrongTowns

GhostOnTheHalfShell
5 hours ago

@TatianaIlyina @globalecoguy

The way the people can help the phase out along the way?

Lobby your city for car free and 15 minute cities.

#strongtowns has a program to connect people and organize for this purpose.

change your city, change the world.

GhostOnTheHalfShell
14 hours ago

Chuck keeps saying interesting things. A window into rural v urban reality and how monstrosity of stroads and car centric design is carried by city /state / fed cooperation.

This is a window into what needs changing.

4 min video

https://youtu.be/Wg0mWoeWc3A

#strongtowns #carfree #urbanPlanning

GhostOnTheHalfShell
1 day ago

#Strongtowns

5 min video

Why changing your town is climate action. Bad city policy is financial and climate ruin for this simple reason, itโ€™s wasted carbon release. The resources that go into sewers, roads, cost energy, release carbon in ways that yield no economic benefit to a town. Multiply that across cities all over the US and Canada, it adds up.

car cities waste time, lives, money and energy and bring financial ruin. such a deal.

https://youtu.be/EXpi1srgTNo

#urbanPlanning #climatechange

GhostOnTheHalfShell
2 days ago

#DWPlanet

12 min video

repurposing existing buildings saves on co2 emitted from construction. As #strongtowns discusses, cities used to be more organic and changing to adapt to rising needs. They have worked to restore that adaptive nature, which as a species we will need in a changing climate regime. Itโ€™s time to untangle the massive economic titanic dragging the world in a single direction.

https://youtu.be/FQOgOhheSi4

#housing #urbanDesign #climatechange

miyelsh
2 days ago

Spend any time at an intersection, and you will quickly see that people, more often than not, do not stop at stop signs, unless they are yielding to another person

We must ask ourselves, why are our cities still being built with stop signs as the main form of traffic calming? They do not prevent speeding, and nobody stops at them anyway, because they understand that once they have determined the intersection to be clear, they can proceed carefully

#urbanism #strongtowns #UrbanPlanning #traffic

An intersection at Easton in Columbus, Ohio. Speeds are slow at the intersection, but cars do not fully stop at the stop sign. I do not fault them.
GhostOnTheHalfShell
3 days ago

#strongtowns

A word from chuck about the power of local action.

https://youtu.be/2W1tKh1fOOw

#urbanDesign #urbanPlanning #carfree

Bruce Nesmith
1 week ago

Mount Vernon Road in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is neither downtown nor suburban, but a sort of liminal space that is becoming less human-scaled the more it's turned into a highway. https://brucefnesmith.blogspot.com/2023/11/black-friday-parking-2023-mount-vernon.html #StrongTowns #urbanism #CedarRapids #cities #BlackFridayParking #parking #ParkingReform

GhostOnTheHalfShell
2 weeks ago

#strongtowns

15 min video

The cheapest way to fight and adapt to climate change. Of course the US will reject it like the plague.

https://youtu.be/Q1G_bda3o1o

#urbanDesign #carfree #uspol

Ben Keith ๐Ÿšฒ
2 weeks ago

Hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLMvbZYBqgY

As described, the Accessory Dwelling Unit program is a high-touch, low-volume pilot:

- Subsidy of up to 30% of construction cost
- "Affordability covenant" limited to 120% AMI for 15 years
- Only on owner-occupied land
- 20 to 25 units total
- Only in Hilltop, South Side, and Linden
- Applications open in spring 2024

I don't think this is going to meaningfully fix anything, unless they open it up later.

#Housing #ADUs #StrongTowns #Columbus

Should Be Writing
2 weeks ago

#PublicTransit advocates and #cyclists in #Delaware needed to complete a survey for the DOT Long Range Transportation Plan, which will guide transit infrastructure investment for the next 20 years: https://publicinput.com/DelDOT_LRTP

#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #BikeTooter #cycling #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #DE #DoverDE #AutofreiDE

The Transportation Historian
3 weeks ago

Circa 1920, my hometown had two passenger train lines (one of which terminated there) and multiple interurban routes which connected all of the region's larger cities. Everywhere was in walking distance. All in a town of only 5,000 people. Today, the population is almost double, but all of it is gone. There isn't even a bus to provide intercity #transit. Most people probably don't even know what was once there anymore.

#history #PublicTransport #StrongTowns #transport #transportation #urbanism

Clinton Anderson SwordForHire
3 weeks ago

"A 10-foot lane, at the widest, should be the โ€œdefault settingโ€ for any sort of urban street: a place lined with homes and businesses, where traffic should flow slower than 35 mph. This should be understood as the risk-averse approach. If the engineer wants to make the lanes wider, they should have to justify the choice."

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2023/11/8/public-health-experts-narrow-lanes-should-be-the-default-on-city-streets

#StrongTowns
#WindsorON
#YQG
#VisionZero
#CarsKillCities
#TheWarOnCars
#OrangePilled
#JustStopOil

Hey #Mastodon #Urbanists
Who has more images like this, they would like to share? And/Or know where I can find more...
And please RT to help. ๐Ÿ™
#Urbanism #walkablecities #15MinuteCity #SolarPunk #ClimateAction #StrongTowns

Pair of photos. The top one is from 2019 and is of a street with old buildings on either side with sidewalks. In the middle is road with parked cars lining both sides of the road. The bottom is from 2020. The cars are gone. The street now has plants and the street snakes around them. People can be seen walking in the distance on the street.
Should Be Writing
1 month ago

The #Kansas DOT is looking at providing #rail ๐Ÿš…service between #OklahomaCity and Newton, where it would connect with #Amtrakโ€™s Southwest, and is hosting a virtual meeting Nov. 8 where the public can comment and ask questions. #PublicTransit advocates and #Urbanists please show up!

https://www.ksn.com/news/state-regional/heartland-flyer-subject-of-virtual-public-meeting/

#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #KS #AutofreiKS #Topeka #LawrenceKS #AutofreiOK #okc #Oklahoma

Should Be Writing
1 month ago

#PublicTransit advocates around Bowling Green #Ohio needed to complete a survey on local transit needs. Input will inform development of Moving Forward 2055, the TMACOG Regional Transportation Plan.

Submit responses by Nov. 30.

https://bgindependentmedia.org/public-input-sought-by-tmacog-on-30-year-regional-transportation-plan/

#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #BikeTooter #cycling #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #PublicTransit #ClevelandBrowns #NFL #OH #AutofreiOH #Toledo #Columbus #Cincinnati #Akron #Clevelandoh

@mimsical
Have you heard of #StrongTowns or read any thing by #ChuckMarohn?

I heard him speak in San Diego a couple years ago on his second book tour, โ€œConfessions of a Recovering Engineerโ€โ€ฆmind blowing.

Does anyone know of any municipalities that have any *local* #solar incentives, with a particular concentration on businesses? Preferably in #massachusetts but I'll take anything. My local development and industrial council is looking at a solar parking lot canopy incentive but has no idea where to start.

#GreenEnergy #MunicipalSolar #StrongTowns

(please boost and up my hashtag game if you have any hashtags I should've used)

#Urbanism#cycling & #PublicTransit advocates in #Texas needed to comment on the TxDOTโ€™s first Statewide #ActiveTransportation Plan, an effort to advance walking & #biking as viable #transportation options.

Comments may be submitted by email to bikeped@txdot.gov. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2023

More info: https://www.valleycentral.com/news/local-news/txdot-begins-statewide-active-transportation-plan-open-house/

#FuckCars #autofrei #CarBrain #BikeTooter #StrongTowns #TaylorSwift #ClimateCrisis #TX #AutofreiTX #Lubbock #Dallas #Houston #Austin #SanAntonio #NFL #Texans #saints

Sam Butler
2 months ago

๐Ÿ›‘ STOP PETRO PETE ๐Ÿ›‘

As Secretary of Transportation,
Pete Buttegieg could be doing the most to drop US emissions. Reducing car dependency. Building critical supply chains for food, medicine, and essential goods. Re-localizing and regionalizing the country, and setting an example for other core economic countries to follow. Policy for accessory business units and dwelling units, to transform the existing space and infrastructure we have into walkable communities where we can get everything we need and work with local purpose and agency.

Instead, Pete is signing oil terminals and creating sacrifice zones across the country. Stop PETRO PETE.

And stop the Seaport Oil Terminal and Gulflink projects โ€” the equivalent of building 80 new coal plants right now, f*cking us all, and creating vast sacrifice zones of petrochemical pollution in the land, air, water across Texas and the Gulf Coast.

Boost the post on Twitter, to help more people see as well: https://twitter.com/ClimateDefiance/status/1711880523956600947

#ClimateCrisis #DirectAction #Disruption #Nonviolence #Politics #Democrats #Biden #Climate #ClimateAction #Protest #FreeSpeech #Emissions #EnvironmentalJustice #EnvironmentalRacism #Mobility #Transportation #Walkable #StrongTowns #Transit #infrastructure #ClimateEmergency #Housing #Urbanism #Zoning #Gulflink #Policy #Reform #Legislation #WhiteHouse #USA #Pollution #Capitalism #Corruption #Resistance #Accountability #Journalism #Story #Media #Documentary #Action #Environment #Earth #Nature

Video compilation of Climate Defiance action disrupting speech of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttegieg and confronting him over approvals and sign-offs of the Seaport Oil Terminal and Gulflink Projects off the coast of Texas, which would create 80 coal plants worth of emissions and deepen sacrifice zones in vulnerable communities.
Jeff Samsonow
2 months ago

I like this framing of (overdue) zoning change in Edmonton by the EFCL's executive director: "the 'beginning of a new bylaw,' rather than the end of the discussion."
#yeg #yegPlan #StrongTowns #Urbanism
https://edmonton.taproot.news/briefs/2023/10/11/efcl-supports-zoning-bylaw-renewal-with-climate-caveats

jilleduffy
2 months ago

Just learned that in Arlington, Virginia, bus fare (on the ART busses) is FREE in peak directions during commute hours.

"starting Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, and going through Dec. 25, 2023"

Public transit should be FREE. We let drivers drive on roads for free, paid for by taxes. Why shouldn't public transit be funded similarly? This is an excellent initiative and test in Arlington!

https://www.arlingtonva.us/About-Arlington/Newsroom/Articles/2023/ART-Features-Free-Fares-for-Fall

Please boost for reach
#PublicTransit #Arlington #ArlingtonVirginia #StrongTowns

Sam Butler
2 months ago

In response to news about UAW (United Auto Workers) securing battery production under the UAW master contract:

Now let's get those batteries into bikes, minerals under the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples, and production into the hands of @UAW unions workers. โœ…โœ…โœ…

(Post on twitter if you want to boost: https://twitter.com/sambutlerUS/status/1710413981788070088)

#CarFree #Indigenous #JustTransition #Bicycle #Bikes #Transit #Walkable #StrongTowns #FuckCars #Lithium #Mining #Extraction #Unions #HotLaborSummer #SupportTheStrikes #Strike #Labor #Workers #AutoWorkers #Batteries #EV #Climate #ClimateCrisis #ClimateCollapse #RareEarth #Sovereignty #Treaty #Decolonize #Solidarity

A graphic showing a headline from The New Republic: "Decolonize the Lithium Boom", with an image of a lithium mine.  Below that, a seperate graphic titled, "What can batteries power?"  This graphic shows that 1 Hummer EV battery is equal to 3 Chevy Bolt batteries, which is equal to 380 e-bike batteries.  The graphic visualizes this comparison, and adds details showing the differences in MSRP, community dangers, pollution, and benefits of these different uses of batteries.  The 380 e-bikes offer 7x the MSRP and economic value of the 1 EV Hummer or 3 Chevy Bolts, while offering significant benefits to community and workers, and minimal pollution and dangers (unlike the Hummer EV, which is significantly dangerous for the community and creates sever tire pollution, and the 3 Chevy Bolts which also create severe tire pollution)

I don't know why "you can zone out on your phone all you want" isn't a bigger selling point for #publictransit.

#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #autofrei #Urbanism #CarBrain #WalkableCities #StrongTowns

The Transportation Historian
2 months ago

Kinda curious, what is your opinion on #rental #micromobility options such as rental #scooters and rental #bikes in #cities.

(sorry for the lack of options)

#bicycling #bike #BikeTooter #city #ebike #escooter #PublicTransport #scooter #StrongTowns #transport #urban #urbanism

Lee ๐ŸŒ
2 months ago

@ajkandy @notjustbikes
Thanks for sharing. And here is a book that may interest you...
(Discussed on #StrongTowns podcast)

Watching this vid on property #taxes by #StrongTowns makes me wonder: what does America do right, society-wise? What does America do better than other developed nations?

We don't have #UniversalHealthcare, and #healthcare expenses are outrageous.

Our progressive tax system has been defanged by moneyed interests.

Our time off policies are pathetic, with paid childcare leave being rare to non-existent.

Our minimum wage is ridiculously low.

We've turned local law enforcement into military nuts, with LEO rarely facing true repercussions for committing crimes thanks to their ~~unions~~ gangs.

Voting is not compulsory, nor is easy everywhere, with plenty of hurdles depending on location/ethnicity.

The list goes on & on.

What does America do right ๐Ÿค”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MjjHKIlKko

OMG Vancouver finally looks at corner stores as one of the improvements to current zoning. It could be a game changer for boring suburban areas of the city!

More info and a SURVEY: https://www.shapeyourcity.ca/corner-stores
#Vancouver #urbanism #CornerStore #UrbanPlanning #MixedUse #walkable #WalkableCities #StrongTowns #15MinuteCity

Illustration of a corner store located in a small apartment building, sidewalk seating, people walking and biking.
Pete
3 months ago

I finally got around to listening to this episode of Strong Towns podcast from last June about dollar store chains as an invasive species, and of how big-box stores act like slash-and-burn agriculture in communities, and it has given me my daily dose of anger. Stacey Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is the guest, and brings a lot of data and perspective.

#StrongTowns #DollarStore
https://podcast.strongtowns.org/e/dollar-stores-are-leeching-the-economic-vitality-of-communities-across-the-us/

An aisle in a dollar store chain with candy and other packaged foods line the shelves.
Sam Butler
3 months ago

๐Ÿ’จ When you sell a car (even for an EV), your gas car gets re-sold and keeps on polluting and emitting.

๐Ÿ›ž Tires are the worst form of car pollution. They shed microplastics and toxins every day โ€” which kill everything.

The only way to end the problems of cars, is to end cars.

Boost on Twitter too, so people know:

https://twitter.com/sambutlerUS/status/1696560829586461143

#Depave #WarOnCars #CarFree #TacticalUrbanism #Urbanism #Bikes #Transit #Housing #Plastic #Microplastics #Pollution #FuckCars #StrongTowns #Planning #UrbanDesign #Policy #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #Climate

Collage of newspaper article screenshots, about how cars are re-sold and keep polluting after being traded in for EVs, as well as about the pollution problems of car tires.
Picture from Cabriobeet Daniel Bleninger, of a garden and soil inside of a convertible.
A car-free community with dense multi-story housing on the left side of a walkway, and a natural stream area with contoured water and nature and grass growing on the other side of the walkway.
An image of people biking, walking, horse drawn wagons in the street on Makinac Island, Michigan, which is a car-free place in the USA.
The Transportation Historian
3 months ago

I really liked this #StrongTowns article about bringing back a "rail culture" in the #usa.

"Anyone who has seen Union Station knows that we do, in fact, have a history and knowledge as to how to build grand transportation of the sort that once connected a nation."

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2023/7/7/envisioning-a-rail-culture-for-the-us

#train #rail #railroad #publictransport #transportation #culture #society #urbanism

From now on, I will hashtag actionable news items (meetings, elections, etc.) with #Autofrei + state code; for example, a story from Colorado would be tagged #AutofreiCO. So, if you support #15MinuteCities and other #urbanism causes, follow or set a notification for #Autofrei + your state, and youโ€™ll know when I post something somewhat close to you.
 
Boosts appreciated, and I promise I wonโ€™t abuse the tags! 2/2

#FuckCars #WarOnCars #TheWarOnCars #CarBrain #WalkableCities #StrongTowns

Rob Galanakis
4 months ago

@adarsh have you looked at #strongtowns ?

Timekeeper Kyle
4 months ago

So I've been listening to 8 hours of AMATS meetings today and I learned that the AMATS saftey plan that I helped drum up a bunch of responses to is what is used to help formulate the MTP which just so happened to select a complete streets development reducing lanes adding bike lanes right in my neighborhood. I don't know if it was mainly because of me but my neighborhood jumped from 7% to 36% of responses after my post and it fucking made a real DIFFERENCE I'm so ecstatic. #StrongTowns

The Transportation Historian
4 months ago

Tom Scott's new #video shows a really cool example of what a
#CarFree #city could be like. It even shows how car free cities can still have "cars" where necessary, but can limit their use and impacts. His discussion on #NoisePollution is also quite interesting.
https://youtu.be/R2oD1ZHNMFE

#urbanism #walkability #LowCar #StrongTowns #WalkableCities #Zermatt #Switzerland

Sam Butler
5 months ago

@futurebird https://www.sambutler.us/costs-of-car-economy-bike-transit

According to a 2019 study by Harvard [1], the public cost of the car economy is $5,645 per person per year. (The private cost is $6,000/year per car.)

Together, the cost of maintaining the U.S. car economy is $3.5 trillion per year.
In the communities with significant bike infrastructure, the public cost is $150 per person per year. (The private cost is $500/year per bike.)

In the communities significant public transit, the operating costs are $1,230 per person per year. (The private cost of transit is $720/year per rider).

Together, the cost of a bike and transit economy in the U.S. is $0.862 trillion per year.

[1] https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/01/massachusetts-car-economy-costs-64-billion-study-finds/#:~:text=A%20team%20of%20graduate%20students,that%20coming%20from%20public%20funds.

#fuckcars #transit #bikes #carfree #publictransit #walking #publicspace #infrastructure #pedestrians #degrowth #postgrowth #economy #government #civic #trillion #parking #parkinglot #highway #road #bicycle #sidewalk #urbanism #community #neighborhood #subsidies #policy #road #street #StrongTowns

An infographic comparing the Costs of the Car Economy to the Costs of the Bike/Transit Economy.  There are two circles, to scale, showing the size of each.  The car economy circle is so large that it gets cut off -- we see less than one quarter of it, and its still larger than the bike/transit economy circle.  The data provided for the figures is included in the post.
Timekeeper Kyle
5 months ago

So excited for todays #anchorage #CriticalMass ride I couldn't wait. Had to try on my over the top gettup and get even more stickers on my #radpowerbikes gotta get the drivers attention ya know

https://www.bikeanchorage.org/critical_mass_ride_for_anchorage

#BikeTooer #WarOnCars #StrongTowns #Alaska

White folding fat tire ebike with #war on cars stickers, it's a gen 1 rad mini with a milk crate Bungie to the back rack
White folding fat tire ebike with #war on cars stickers, it's a gen 1 rad mini with a milk crate Bungie to the back rack
Me wearing Bright red shoes on pavement with orange socks and white pants rolled up to show off the socks since they go halfway up my calf
Selfie of me next to my bike and my fiances Prius I'm wearing a cosplay ant man jacket and a rainbow tie die shirt that says black lives matter a rainbow headband around my neck and a half dome motorcycle helmet with
Timekeeper Kyle
5 months ago

@hotdogsladies don't know if your egging me on or not but just in case prepare to be #stairpilled

"In a recent article in The New York Times, Anna Kodรฉ lamented the blandness of multifamily architecture in the U.S. and posited several theories for this disappointment.

The root cause of the banality is quite simple. The answer is something that, once seen, cannot be unseen: stairs."

Article
https://www.archpaper.com/2023/03/why-does-american-multifamily-architecture-look-so-banal-heres-one-reason/

Podcast
http://upzoned.strongtowns.org/e/one-reason-american-architecture-is-considered-boring-stairs/

#strongtowns #zoningreform #urbanism

David Burns๐ŸŒน
7 months ago

I had a hunch the new sixers arena was probably a bad investment so I searched strong towns and it seems like my hunch was right.
https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2023/4/11/can-stadium-save-philadelphia-dead-zone

their coverage is pretty good, Philly is gonna tear out parts of China Town and the greyhound station to replace our arena in south Philly to make the economic dead zone that is The "fashion district" shitty mall even worse. This is just bad economics run by shit libs.

I feel like the money spent on the arena could be used to build out the broad street extension or even just bolster some of the cities other programs

#strongtowns #philadelphia #chinatown

Wide roads + parking lots = fractured communities

Narrow streets + compact housing = connected communities

#strongtowns #community #connection #resilience

esa
9 months ago

Opplegget kan ogsรฅ minne om det #StrongTowns kaller #GrowthPonziScheme eller vekst-pyramidespillet. Veien der jeg vokste opp virket ogsรฅ som om den fikk lagt asfalt da den var ny, og sรฅ โ€ฆ ja โ€ฆ det var det, egentlig?

Det kan fรธles som om det var en slags bruk-og-kast-tilnรฆrming hvor man bare ikke sรฅ pรฅ byutviklinga i et langsiktig, bรฆrekraftig perspektiv, men var mer enn fornรธyd med รฅ selge folk hele tettbygde strรธk som ikke kunne vare.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IsMeKl-Sv0

โ€œa cityโ€™s financial sustainability depends on having most people traveling on foot.

And walkability depends on increasing the number, and the diversity, of destinations that are close together.

The smaller they are, the more of them there can be, the more walkable the place.

Small is walkable.โ€

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2023/1/30/parking-pizza-apartments-mall

#strongtowns #urbandevelopment #urbandesign

Chris Hardie
10 months ago

Love that #Cincinnati has a โ€œtactical pedestrian teamโ€ working to programmatically change the cityโ€™s #transportation infrastructure. https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2023/1/26/pedestrian-safety-boost-new-cincinnati-initiative #strongtowns

chris :mstdnca:
11 months ago

@notjustbikes This was the first video of yours I ever watched, and I'd like to thank you for making it because otherwise I never would have been introduced to #StrongTowns; which I now follow like a religious cultist.