Friday, March 26, 2010

Want tourists? Arthur Frommer says give them free transit

...The effort would take the form of an announcement by the President that henceforth, foreign tourists visiting the U.S. would receive free-of-charge, in-city transportation on the subways and buses of our dozen-or-so most important touristic cities. They, their mayors and city councils, would be asked, as a matter of patriotic service, to create a system whereby hotels would be authorized to issue free transportation cards to overnight foreign guests, upon their presentation of passports identifying them as bona fide tourists.

Arthur Frommer

Pittsburgh blogger recommends free public transportation

...Things are looking up in Washington, DC where I was a pedestrian, cyclist, public transportation aficionado for nearly eight years. I’m excited to see what happens next.

My recommendation for Action Agenda 2014 is free public transportation.

How about it, government? How about it, citizens? Reimagining An Urban Paradise

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Home buyers don't factor in commuting

Buyers who move deep into the suburbs to find bigger, nicer houses often fail to consider added transportation expenses that might bust their budgets, a new national study has concluded.
Rising transportation costs are dramatically shrinking the amount of affordable housing in Pittsburgh and across the U.S., according to the report released today by the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology, a group that promotes more environmentally conscious policies....
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Does Mobility Have a Future?

by hock

  • Welcome from Professor Donna Murasko, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Introduction by Professor Mimi Sheller, Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy
  • Keynote Speaker: Professor John Urry (Lancaster University, UK)“Does Mobility Have a Future?”
  • Plus Panelists:
  • Prof. Ole B. Jensen, CMUS, Aalborg University, Denmark“ Mobility challenges: theoretical perspective on research into contemporary urban mobilities”
  • Prof. Sven Kesselring, Technische Universität München, Germany“ New mobilities regimes: mobility, power and ambivalence in the risk society”
  • Dr. Peter Adey, Keele University, UK“Mobility, security, life”

Reception will follow at 5:45pm.This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Mimi Sheller if planning to attend:  More...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hey, America, what is with all the honking?

Your car horn is for emergencies, not to express your emotions. Grow up. Everybody in a 500 meter sphere does not want to know that someone cut you off. Besides, do you know absolutely and for sure that the person who cut you off is not racing to save a life? NO ... YOU DON'T. Chill already... the people in Taiwan have worse traffic and they hardly ever honk. You should be ASHAMED.