National Links: Paving Potholes with Pizza

September 20, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Newspaper urges ditching parking standards: The Houston Chronicle editorial board is calling for the City of Houston to eliminate parking requirements. Calling for the city to reduce red tape for development, the editorial also questions the city’s free market status if it’s going to have such rules and the need for these regulations near good transit. (Houston Chronicle)

Is it sprawl or smart growth: An interesting question arises when thinking about a new urban neighborhood such as Stapleton in Denver. If you were to look at the former airport land now after neighborhood build out, would the growth of homes there be considered sprawl or smart growth? (Colorado Real Estate Journal)

Filling potholes with pizza money: Dominoes Pizza has been advertising it’s pothole filling program with commercials on national television. The program, which gave $5,000 to certain municipalities in each state willing to take it, showed to mayors that the idea of filling a pothole to get a pizza to its desintation resonated with residents. But it’s also an indictment of our current system that people are more than happy to have a pizza chain give money for much needed repairs rather than raise taxes or other revenue. (Eater)

Five types of residential architecture to address housing needs: In Seattle, architecture couple Mary and Ray Johnston reflect on several trends that are changing the way we think about housing; well transitioned and scaled buildings on a single block, accessory dwelling units, modular housing, high end design in high rises, and green building. (Seattle Times)

The chasm between cities is growing: Cities like Dayton were not that far behind coastal peers in per capita income at the start of 1980, but that has since changed into an ever growing gap in income. As cities with traditional economies were left to fend for themselves against similar cities around the world, those with knowledge economies thrived. Now these cities must forge thier own ways forward and the author wonders whether such an income concentration is a good thing? (Stateline)

Quote of the Week

“In ways, the micromobility companies in the U.S. that made calls from the Uber playbook were punished for arriving on the scene just as Uber was reining itself in—and cities would not get caught flat-footed again. By this summer, the entire footloose scooter experiment was grinding to a halt as cities threatened to seize the vehicles.”

Henry Grabar in Slate discussing whether the Uber strategy of asking for forgiveness instead of permission has hurt the micromobility movement.


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