Get ready for scooters, Charlottesville. Because they are coming. For some reason, I can imagine a gaggle of scooters heading into Woolen Mills. What are they? To my eye, they are souped-up motorized versions of those razor scooters kids ride. But really. Scooters have become enormously popular, and we're going to see them on Charlottesville city streets soon. Might as well accept them, and seek to leverage them to try to reduce car traffic, and encourage more walking to scooters rather than driving. And maybe even more walking to … [Read more...] about Scooters in Charlottesville
A few thoughts as I'm in Portland this week for a quasi-real estate conference. I said on Twitter Had an interesting conversation with my Lyft driver this morning. Topics he raised: - unsustainable housing market - gentrification - rental properties - unsat infrastructure - rising population/too few housing options - no good solutions. We covered a lot in 19 minutes. I felt bad for the taxi drivers. When I was there, the taxi island saw no customers. The ridesharing island at the Portland Airport had a constant stream of … [Read more...] about Housing has Challengers Everywhere
Surely, we can do better. Why do we design streets almost exclusively for massive vehicles, rather than for vehicles and people to interact safely? Another question - how long would it take to redesign Charlottesville and Albemarle planning to accommodate more reasonable streetscapes designed for humans first? Rick Randolph in 2016 told #Albemarle Fire Chief the larger and larger fire engines are the dinosaurs and need to shrink https://twitter.com/NeilSWilliamson/status/785948138209054720 How Fire Chiefs and Traffic … [Read more...] about Fire Trucks and Street Design
(Most) People want trails and bike lanes. Here's a way to help build that conversation. via email: Please join the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission for a community conversation about ways for Charlottesville and Albemarle to develop a bicycle and pedestrian greenway system in the urban core that links together places where people live, work, shop, and play. Speakers Chuck Flink, one of the nation’s leading designers of greenway systems, and Max Hepp-Buchanan, director of Bike Walk RVA, … [Read more...] about Connecting Communities with Trails & Greenways in Charlottesville
Riding a bicycle from Downtown Charlottesville to Hollymead Town Center - I drove the new Berkmar Extension recently with a client who also rides a bicycle, and we discussed the feasibility of riding from there to Downtown Charlottesville. Commuting by bicycle from 29 North to Downtown Charlottesville can be done, pretty easily; it requires skill, and a bit of confidence). From the Nest office off Charlottesville's Downtown Mall to the Hollymead Town Center (Target, Harris Teeter, Blue Ridge Cyclery and a lot more), it took me about 32 … [Read more...] about Riding a Bicycle from Hollymead to Downtown Charlottesville
Walking and bicycling are good - for the body, for the soul, for the community, and the environment and real estate property values. Yes, my lens is somewhat self-selecting, but the trends amongst home buyers and renters is to be closer to walking and biking trails. I'm curious to learn what the opportunities are for adding bike lanes and walking paths near train tracks around Charlottesville and Albemarle ... and whether/how the City and County could/would work together. From a friend I was looking at some maps of C-ville/Crozet … [Read more...] about Bike Lanes and Train Tracks?
I don't know the answers, but it's worth the conversation and awareness. How are Charlottesville/Albemarle/Central Virginia planning for self-driving cars? They're coming. Uber swallows self-driving truck startup Otto for $680 million Columbus’ smart city win may lead to autonomous trucks Local smart city planners want big government to butt out Jobs that can be performed by machines eventually will be performed by machines. One day, society will look back at the infrastructure of the 2000s and wonder, "why?" And they'll ask, … [Read more...] about (Urban) Planning for Self-Driving Cars