Paris Sidewalk Arcade

National Links: A Car Free Paris

Every day at The Overhead Wire we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  They are national links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful.

The things you see out on foot: As part of its series on walking, the Guardian had writer David Sedaris write an essay about one of his favorite pastimes. In this piece he discusses the things he’s seen out walking in a number of different countries from the vile and vulgar to the mundane. (David Sedaris | Guardian)

Housing shortage hurts workers more than congestion: A new study in Transportation Research Part A looked at the number of jobs available to commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area and found that living near jobs gave people more access than fast freeways. In fact even if congestion was dramatically improved, access improvements would be negligable. (Angie Schmitt | Streetsblog USA)

NIMBYs hate profiting developers: Opposition to development comes with many excuses from traffic to property values. But new research sheds light on something that has been ingrained in opposition for millennia, hatred of profit making developers. A survey of 1,300 LA County residents found that dislike of developers increased 20% if it was found out that they would make money on thier projects. (Sarah Holder | CityLab)

Paris to go car free for a day: On October 16th Paris will close off its streets to cars. Auto usage in the city has dropped 45% since 1990 and diesel vehicles are already banned during the daytime, but this day is a good way to show people what life might be like if there were no cars. (Adele Peters | Fast Company)

A new data paradigm harvested: After ride hailing companies entered the marketplace, cities weren’t sure what to do with them.  Now with scooters and other micromobility being all the rage, cities and companies are starting to figure out ways to make better use of the data they produce and coordinate all the systems that exist. (Aarian Marshall | Wired)

Quote of the Week

From a driver’s point of view, pedestrians’ behavior may appear erratic, lawless, and even suicidal. The solution, then, is to train pedestrians to do better, or to restrict them. In actuality, most pedestrians are much smarter than the dumb systems that are intended to control them—far smarter than signals, and even smarter than self-driving cars.”

Professor Peter Norton in Wired discussing why pedestrians should be first priority for self driving car creators.

On the podcast, we talk with Chris and Melissa Bruntlett about living in the Netherlands for their book Building the Cycling City.

Jeff Wood

About Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood is an urban planner focused on transportation and land use issues living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeff blogs at The Overhead Wire and tweets @theoverheadwire. He also shares news links daily from around the country on issues related to cities at The Direct Transfer