What We’re Reading: September 2016

What We’re Reading: September 2016

In this edition: TOD rises in Atlanta; Crowdsourced city limits; “Capping” freeways with green space.

Klyde Warren Park, located atop a freeway in downtown Dallas. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Around the Web

Urban Planet.” Science Magazine, May 2016

A few months ago, Science ran a special issue on cities. There are at least a dozen articles and graphics in this issue that pertain to the growth of cities and their impact on the planet.

MARTA’s ‘Spoke’ Aims to Increase Ridership, Revenue.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 22, 2016 

Atlanta’s transit agency has broken ground on a new transit-oriented development (TOD) called Spoke. The developer will lease underused parking lots near a transit station and build apartments, retail and restaurant space, a park, and a performing arts center. TODs have been popular with transit agencies around the US– they create activity around stations and generate revenue via the sale of parking lots and increased ridership.

Where Are Your City Limits?” Citylab, September 7, 2016 

An urban scholar at a university in the UK has created a crowdsourced map of “city limits” from around the world. These aren’t the exact limits, however– users are asked to draw in their view what their city’s limits include. As of this writing, no one has drawn boundaries for Huntsville, but there are several interpretations for Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

Turning ‘Dead Space’ Into Green Space.” Next City, September 12, 2016 

A proposed park in the Buckhead district of Atlanta is the latest in a string of “freeway capping” projects, where the space above a highway is developed. In many cases, these freeway capping projects include parks that connect neighborhoods separated by the highway’s construction.

New American Community Survey Statistics Available.” US Census Bureau, September 15, 2016 

The Census Bureau has released one-year estimates from its 2015 American Community Survey, particularly on the subjects of poverty and income. The one-year estimates should be taken with a grain of salt; it has a high margin of error (only a small sample of the population is given the questionnaire every year). The more accurate 3- and 5-year estimates will come later.

Featured Video

Calhoun Community College’s Grand Opening of New Math, Science and CIS Building.” City of Huntsville, September 15, 2016 

This month, Calhoun Community College opened their new Math, Science and CIS Building at its Huntsville campus in Research Park. On a side note, the BIG Picture will place its Exhibition at Calhoun’s campus in late October– more details available here.

Featured Book

The Well Tempered City” by Jonathan F.P. Rose. A new book about how cities can face and solve the issues of the 21st Century.

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