August 11, 2004 


More Inane Zoning Restrictions

Suburban DC: It's easy to blame developers for the ill-effects of suburban sprawl, but more often than not it's the zoning regulations that produce many of our problems and discourage... [read on...]

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 May 16, 2004 


Arco Arena Location

Sacramento: It has taken a long time for cities to re-discover the benefits of downtown stadiums - good for businesses, less investment in infrastructure, reintroduces the populace to public transportation... [read on...]

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 April 20, 2004 


Unnatural Nature

Anthem, AZ: Far to the north of Phoenix, lies a rapidly expanding suburbia that is at best barely begining to understand the desert environment they are paving over. At Anthem,... [read on...]

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High Density with no Benefits

Phoenix, AZ: This type of high-density condo development can be found all over American Suburbia, especially here in the sunbelt. The problem to me is that while they might be... [read on...]

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 March 31, 2004 


Edge-ucation

Your Suburb: Improving schools is never a bad idea, but the trend for years has been to abandon renovation of old neighborhood school buildings and build new ones on the... [read on...]

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 March 27, 2004 


Absurd Street Widths

Tucson: This is a residential street in central Tucson and it's wide enough to hold about 8 lanes of traffic. Why? Given that only a smattering of cars use the... [read on...]

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 December 31, 2003 


Absurd Fences

Chicago: Having lived a year in London, i got used to having fences every ten feet, but they usually seemed to define something vaguely sensible. These little enclosures in Chicago... [read on...]

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 August 01, 2003 


Traffic on Oxford Street

London: Oxford Street is probably London's busiest shopping street. Private cars were banned from it some years back, but buses and taxis still have access. In principal this is a... [read on...]

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 July 02, 2003 


Noise Pollution

Bayeux, France: The otherwise quaint and delightful town of Bayeux in Normandy has a strange and decidedly un-quaint situation in the town center. In the footsteps of William the Conqueror,... [read on...]

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 May 29, 2003 


Inconsistent Signage

Britain: What's the difference between these two signs? Well to me, the one on the left says "welcome bikes", whereas the one on the right says "no bikes allowed". As... [read on...]

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 May 14, 2003 


Inane Bus Routing

London: One of the drawbacks of some bus routes is that they go slowly. Not because the bus itself is slow, or because of traffic, but because the route is... [read on...]

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 January 22, 2003 


The Stink About Parking Meters

San Francisco: For once I agree with Ken Garcia. It seems the city of San Francisco is replacing those crummy old mechanical parking meters with efficient 'multi-space' meters, like you... [read on...]

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 December 09, 2002 


Shoppes o' Sprawle

Delafield, WI: Dave Barry once proposed an "extra E" tax be imposed on kitschy stores that try to sound Old-English by adding an extra 'e' or two to their names.... [read on...]

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 November 22, 2002 


Demise of the Pedestrian

Orlando: "Orlando Streets Worst For Pedestrian Safety" according to a USA Today report. Well, big surprise. Orlando, and most American cities are really not urban at all anymore, at... [read on...]

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 November 13, 2002 


Pedestrian Crossing Flags

Berkeley: I love Berkeley, I really do. But sometimes I just don't get it. The City installed 3,000 orange flags in buckets at intersections around town for pedestrians to use... [read on...]

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 October 21, 2002 


Crossing the Street

LONDON: I'm gonna get flamed here, but I can't help myself: The system of rights of way in London is beyond stupidity. Let's say you're strolling along the sidewalk and... [read on...]

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 October 17, 2002 


Pointless Graffiti

BUDAPEST: To be honest, I think graffiti has it's place. I actually thought the New York Subway was much more interesting when the trains were covered in color. But there's... [read on...]

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 October 15, 2002 


The Peotone Airport Proposal

CHICAGO: The Background: Chicago's two airports are way overcrowded. So much so, in fact, that the slightest inclemental weather in Chicago can cripple air traffic throughout the entire continent for... [read on...]

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