My keynote at RailVolution in Pittsburgh last fall is now available on video below. It’s one of the best I’ve done in a while, pulling together most of what’s on my mind these days. Enjoy!
It was fun to finally meet famous anti-transit and anti-planning writer Randal O’Toole, and spar politely with him in a Washington DC event sponsored by the Cato Institute.
We inevitably talked past each other a bit, but it was a great session. I only wish there had been more hard questions from libertarians. Here’s the video. You can also download a podcast here.
In May 2017 I made a quick trip to Santa Cruz, California to do presentations both to the public and to the Regional Transportation Commission. Some of my presentation is my usual shtick, but I also talked a lot about chokepoints in the Bay Area, and was also asked to comment on a local proposal (proponents, opponents) to remove the rails from a rail corridor in order to create a wider and more attractive active modes path (though a functional path alongside the rail is possible in any case.)
It’s here. There’s quite a Q&A as well.
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.
In 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.
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.
While I was last in Dublin to kick off our Bus Network Redesign study, I was invited to give an evening lecture at Engineers Ireland. Here’s the video. I start talking at 4:06. The questions were excellent.
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.
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.
… 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 …