musings on pedestrian life

josye wails

Visited Belmont, NC over the weekend. The town has quite the all-American, small town vibe with ice cream parlours, restaurants, antique & knick knack shops a plenty. Well developed sidewalk culture is growing; however I’m a little confused with the placement of the street banners as the base of one practically maimed my over-six-feet-tall father in the head. Perhaps the lamp posts & banners were scaled-down as well to maintain the small town feel.
If you fancy a stroll down an Atlanta sidewalk, be prepared to pay attention. Ankle twisters abound. Midtown Atlanta, Juniper St.
Three grates were not enough! Infrastructure response to a rain earlier in the day. Midtown Atlanta, corner of Piedmont & 4th.
This experience inspired me to start documenting pedestrian conditions in various cities. A couple of friends & I wanted to stroll a mere block & a half from a gallery opening to a nearby restaurant and were met with this sidewalk. Fourth Ward/Inman Park area Atlanta, Krog St & Edgewood Ave
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How is this not a cool project?
At the July’s Atlanta Green Drink session, an acquaintance directed me to this interesting piece on the heated debate over the upcoming T-splost referendum.
Just the other day I was having a conversation with a friend about pedestrian friendly cities, so it was gratifying to read this line regarding London’s environment: ‘The private sector, meanwhile, had cottoned on to the fact that pleasant public space is profitable.’ Read the rest of the article for a balanced option of the developer’s role in public spaces.
How many more developments can the island of Sanya take? Apparently many more as here’s another blurb about a new shopping project for one of China’s favorite island  destinations.
I couldn’t help but chuckle when I heard this news brief - an American town is tapping into the heat properties of the sewage system to generate energy. Why is this news? Over four years ago, the Architectural Record featured Melbourne’s New Council House 2 with similar technology.