Portland: A Chat with the Transit Board of Directors

On November 8 I was the guest of the Board of Directors of the Portland area transit agency, TriMet, for a two hour workshop on issues facing the agency.  It was not so much a presentation as a freewheeling discussion, where Board members got to engage with me, question some of my ideas, and sharpen their own views.  I rarely have a chance to engage with transit planning in my own home town, so I was really honored by this opportunity.

Most of you have much better things to do than listen to two hours of this, but for those special folks who love these things, it’s here.  There’s some cool new philosophical stuff at the beginning.

My part runs 0:24:26 to 2:28:30. There’s some further relevant Board/staff discussion, about where to go with the agency at 3:50.


Video of My Talk in Moscow

3a7463fIn the context of the Moscow Urban Forum, I did a well-attended public lecture at the Strelka Institute, a prestigious center for urban policy and design.   The video is here.  I start talking (in English) around 6:08.  (Click “Not now” if your credentials are challenged.)

Unfortunately, nobody told me that the event would be outdoors, so I was not quite dressed for the occasion; this explains the blanket and deeply unfashionable hat.  I am one of those old-fashioned people who refuses to freeze for the sake of style.


Can We Live without Prediction? The Video

For the Congress for the New Urbanism conference in Seattle last month, I tried out a new angle on my usual stump speech.  I asked: Can we live without predictions?  What would it mean to approach a city planning problem — say, transit planning, which I do — without needing to know the future?

I’m pretty happy with how it came out. It’s embedded below, but it seems to be slightly sharper here.


Video of my Winnipeg Presentation

Last month I was in Winnipeg to provide some advice on the city’s next steps in developing transit.  The event included a well-attended evening lecture, whose video is here.  I start talking around 7:10, talk for about 40 minutes, and then take lots of good questions.

I do these a lot, but each one gets a little better.

Reykjavík: The National Broadcasting Interview of Me

While I was in Reykjavík in March, I was interviewed on Iceland's national public broadcaster RUV, on a show called Kastljós ('Spotlight').  Host Thora Arnorsdóttir asked excellent questions, but with typical Nordic modesty she has edited herself out, leaving just 6 minutes of me talking with Icelandic subtitles.  If you don't speak Icelandic, you'll want to start at 1:17.  It's here.


One of my most fun presentations ever …

… especially if you're into architecture, urbanism, philosophy, or literature.  

It's from a keynote to the Oregon Transportation Summit, sponsored by TREC at Portland State University last year.  There are a few local Portland geography references, but nothing you can't follow …  Great questions too. 

I'm introduced at 10:34 by Professor Jennifer Dill, and I start speaking at 11:35

Maybe I was so "switched on" because it was so good to be at home in Portland.  That happens when you travel as much as I do …

how we kick off a planning study: video

We don't always kick off planning studies with a public event,  but that's what we did for the Wake County Transit Investment Strategy in Raleigh, North Carolina.  At a kickoff meeting attended by hundreds of people, I gave a presentation on how we'd approach the project, which is mostly how my firm approaches any planning project.  While there are some local references, it's easy to follow no matter where you live, because it's mostly about the big-picture.  Some time-stamps:

  • 0:30 Remarks and kind introductions from County Manager Jim Hartmann and Capital Area MPO Executive Director Chris Lukasina.
  • 5:18 Beginning of my remarks: "This plan will be yours."  Our firm's approach to transit studies.
  • 7:53 The New Case for Transit:  Why the conversation about transit is changing, in the US and overseas.
  • 21:52.  Common Mistakes About Transit.  
  • 26:14 "Plumber's Questions."  The Ridership Recipe and the Ridership-Coverage Tradeoff.
  • 43:27  End of my remarks.  Richard Adams of Kimley Horn speaks on local conditions in Wake County.  From here on, through the Q&A, the conversation becomes more locally focused.


video! my presentation in toronto

Two weeks ago I was the guest of the City of Toronto Planning Department, part of its Feeling Congested program to explore transit options for the city.  While there I did a series of meetings and workshops, including the following public address at St. Paul's Church.  Only about 1/3 of it is specific to Toronto, and at this stage it's probably the best video of me so far.  Thanks to everyone involved, as credited below!


Jarrett Walker Presentation "Abundant Access" from DeepCITY Project on Vimeo.