What We’re Reading: October 2016

What We’re Reading: October 2016

In this edition: An in-depth history of office parks; Bike playgrounds; the best neighborhoods to “trick or treat.”

Children using the new bike playground in White Center, Washington. Photo credit: King County, Washington

Around the Web

Redefining Global Cities.” Brookings Institution, September 29, 2016

A Brookings Institution study placed the 123 largest metro economies in the world into one of seven categories– from “Global Giants” (cities with massive economic output, such as New York and London) to “Knowlege Capitals” (cities with large universities and tech clusters, such as Atlanta and Austin).

The Corporate Campus: A Local History.” SPUR, September 2016 

An interesting article on the rise and fall of suburban office parks. Mainly focused on where the concept first became popular– Silicon Valley, California.

A Playground That Teaches Kids to Love Their Bike.” Next City, October 4, 2016 

A “bike playground” recently opened in Seattle. A concept that’s more common in Europe than the US, this is a place where children can learn to safely ride a bicycle.

Find the Best Places to Trick or Treat.” Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2016 

Halloween is fast approaching! Trick-or-treaters in some cities converge on certain neighborhoods or streets known to decorate heavily for the night.

Your First Autonomous Vehicle Experience Will Be In A Bus Like This.” Inverse, October 10, 2016 

Self-driving (or autonomous) vehicle technology has come a long way in the past few years, but it’s going to take a while for the infrastructure to be ready for public/commercial use. Here’s one prototype of an autonomous bus that may be available sooner.

Featured Video

Mayor Tommy Battle’s 2016 State of the City Video.” City of Huntsville, October 12, 2016 

Mayor Battle gave his annual State of the City address earlier this month. Here’s a brief video (featuring the BIG Picture) that was shown at the event:

Featured Book

Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs” by Robert Kanigel. A new biography of Jane Jacobs, one of the most influential urban planners of the 20th Century.

Know of something you would like to share? Email us at bigpicture@huntsvilleal.gov. Keep it planning-related, please.