Historic Streets in Edinburgh Go Car-free
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Every day at The Overhead Wire we sort through over 1,500 news items about cities and share the best ones with our email list. At the end of the week, we take some of the most popular stories and share them with Urban Milwaukee readers. They are national (or international) links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful.
Charlotte’s young city council can’t get along: In 2017 the average age of the 11 member Charlotte City Council went from 61 to 45. But while they came in with high hopes, now they can’t seem to get along. The problem seems to be that the council breaks along two lines, not by party, but by the establishment and the political newcomers and how they feel about the politics of office versus actually governing a city. (Michael Graff | Charlotte Agenda)
ITDP releases new pedestrian toolkit: The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has released Pedestrian First, a toolset and guide to help cities become more walkable. They also look at data from over 1,000 metropolitan areas and found what most of us already know, that US cities are less walkable than their European counterparts. The guide contains four tools and best practices from around the world. (Intelligent Transport)
The pandemic pushed cars out of Edinburgh Scotland: Around the world cities have shut down streets because of the pandemic. In many cities, these were the prettiest streets in historic districts and inundated with motorized traffic and tourists. But there’s evidence that this practice of car free streets in heritage districts will stick and potentially mitigate some of the issues sites have been having with overtourism. (Bhakti Mathew | National Geographic)
City’s surfaces reflect inequities: Disadvantaged areas that have been historically denied tree cover and green space have a higher propensity to see heat island effects in times of extreme heat. Sidewalks and streets highlight inequities planned into cities and neighborhoods and through thermal imaging can be seen clearly. (Akiva Blander | Metropolis)
Quote of the Week
Cool pavements have potential to mitigate the urban heat island, to save energy in buildings if they lower the outside air temperature, reducing the demand for air conditioning in the building, and they can slow global warming by reflecting more sunlight back to space.
–Ronnen Levinson, Leader of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, discussing how cool pavements can mitigate the effects of climate change.
This week on the podcast, architect Brian O’Looney talks about his building pattern book Increments of Neighborhood.
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