Brewing a summary piece on the whole connection-activated plaza issue, but I may need to get past the jetlag first. Meanwhile:
- I really love the spirit of the Bay Area's new Transit & Trails service. As a transit expert who's also an amateur botanist and fierce lover of wilderness, I've always been frustrated by the gaps between transit stations and major trailheads. This is one of the few aspects of public transit in Sydney that works brilliantly well, even yielding reveries such as this.
- Nathan Wessel is fundraising to promote his Cincinnati Frequent Network Map and guide.
- From DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development comes an interesting study on how portable electronic technology is affecting transportation choices. The institute's Caitlin Allen wrote, in an email to me: "To our knowledge, our data set is the only one of its kind in the country. The data confirms that transportation environments that Baby Boomers avoided have become more attractive to Gen Y or Millennials because they can 'privatize' their space with tech use." PDF: Download Privacy Invades Public Space, The Growing Use of Portable Electronic Technology…2011