In this week’s National Links: pandemic-era changes to work and commutes, designing with autism in mind and the gradual death of the “starter car.”
Our perceptions of a city are formed through “mental maps” we create — and those shift depending on the travel mode we use.
Eighteen months after the METRO Orange Line’s opening, Eoin Roux examines what the data tell us about ridership. The upshot: more riders, but fewer of them downtown.
Links from The Overhead Wire to urbanist news from around the country/world. This week: reforming the community engagement process, the shrinking urban drugstore market, and the unfolding ecological collapse of the Great Salt Lake.
Sahan Journal’s story about how multimodalism produces happier commutes made national news, plus how humans created Hurricane Ian.
How have commuting patterns and multimodal transportation habits changed in downtown Minneapolis since COVID?
Planting trees to store carbon, converting downtown offices to residential space and more climate-protecting ideas from around the world.
(The photograph above, showing the Metropolitan Opera House and Palace Court, was taken by C.J. Hubbard in 1914, Minnesota Historical Society) Historical and contemporary Minneapolis is not particularly known for its public alleys. They have served a more discreet role in the lives of Minneapolitans, unsung for getting private vehicles off city streets. Of course, […]
How Boomers get the housing crisis wrong, why a poor sense of direction could be an early sign of dementia and more “old news.”
Human error gets blamed for deadly crashes, but road and vehicle design more often is the culprit. The first half of 2021 recorded 20,000 deaths on U.S. roads.