Saturday, August 20, 2011
Paul Newman on Urbanism
AND he gets it all right. More CIVITAS videos here.
This is G R E A T T GREAT!
Posted by: jay at Aug 20, 2011 12:35:02 PM
Why didn't people listen? He was so cute!
Posted by: martha at Aug 20, 2011 12:36:05 PM
This is so good that I will purloin it for the Northern California Chapter's site.
The form and tone of the piece -- rational, reasonable argument -- sets a painful contrast to the typical public discourse today.
Posted by: Steve Lawton at Aug 20, 2011 2:06:45 PM
Some things I liked, some things I didn't.
Like the criticism of plazas. Like the idea of mixed use on first floor.
Dislike concerns about "transportation overload" - sound like typical NIMBY concerns about density.
And given today's concerns about skin cancer, I think people need a little relief from sunlight.
Posted by: Mike Lewyn at Aug 20, 2011 10:38:36 PM
I could hardly disagree more. That's my neighborhood he's walking around, and everyone of those "plazas" detracts from the street and street life.
My subway line has more riders than the systems in Washington, Chicago and Boston COMBINED. It is overloaded. That's why the Second Avenue subway is under construotion again. Until 1955 there was an elevated line in Third Avenue, and there was an elevated line on Second Avenue too.
Re sunlight: all good New York streets have deciduous trees. In the summer they provide needed shade. In the winter the New York sun is weak and intermittent, and you want it. More importantly, he was talking about sunlight on the windows of your probably too dark apartment. New York is not Florida.
Posted by: John Massengale at Aug 21, 2011 8:06:46 AM