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Why liberals like walkability more than conservatives

Why liberals like walkability more than conservatives | It Comes Undone-Think About It |
New poll data shows that Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided when it comes to urban density versus suburban sprawl.

Via Alison D. Gilbert
Eli Levine's insight:

What can I say?


It's an interesting finding, and the causation is going to be obscure and dependent upon the individual.  But not a terribly surprising one.


What are the conservatives but the anti-social amongst us?  Angry, barbaric, cruel, and callous towards anything and anyone who is opposed to their views or somehow perceived as being different.  And, no, the numbers don't show that extreme liberals have the same problem.  Just click the link to the poll to see that fact in play.


It will be interesting to see if these findings remain consistent if done by other polling centers, asked in the same way and done in the same fashion.  But I fear for this country's well being, and not just because of the ideologues on either side who care nothing about the empirical and repeatable nature of the world that is around them.


Think about it.

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, June 17, 2014 7:45 PM

I am a text book liberal it seems. I did not even do it on purpose. I like to live in a town where I can walk everywhere and have a strong sense of community.



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Return to civilization | #socialchange #urbanism

most people disagree with me about change in urban design — so don't be surprised if you also think i'm an idiot.

Via Claude Emond, luiy
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Very interesting.


I don't get for what reason this is so controversial or political.  There are technical merits to it, there are drawbacks to it.  Ultimately we have to adapt to the environment in which we are, actually, living and produce a world in which we're able to survive and be well, not just one in which a few people can be so rich that they can't spend the amount of money that they have in a lifetime.


This has a lot of cool stuff in it, and I suggest checking it out.  The cities on the coasts are likely to be swamped in the course of natural disasters, and the population of Earth is rapidly urbanizing as is, without much planning or provision of resources, in spite of abundance in our global human society.


Again, I can see how these things become political and controversial.  I just don't get for what purpose or reason.


Think about it.

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Flow, Conflux | Smart Cities

Flow, Conflux | Smart Cities | It Comes Undone-Think About It |

“The city is not only a community, it is a conflux. ….The real city, as a center of industry, is a conflux of streams of traffic; as a center of culture, it is conflux of streams of thought.” So wrote Benton MacKaye in 1928 in his book The New Exploration: A Philosophy of Regional Planning. When I sent a copy of my own recent book The New Science of Cities to my erstwhile colleague and old friend Lionel March, he quickly scowered it and said: “I see in your Preamble that you cite Castells’ ‘space of flows’ and that your approach makes much of flows and networks. I immediately turned to your bibliography to search for the name Benton MacKaye. It is not there! The author of The New Exploration (1928) is my hero of metropolitan/regional development. I’m sure you know of him”.

Via Bernard Ryefield
Eli Levine's insight:

Location, location, location.


The natural geography has to fit with the demands of the population and the society.  It's not something that someone on high chooses, but rather one where things grow up naturally according to the relative advantages and disadvantages of the area.  Then you build and with building in these geographically advantageous (or, sometimes, just convenient) areas you reinforce their advantages as centers of commerce, trade and "flows" as Batty would put it.


It makes sense to have it be on the regional, national and/or international scale, such that we, as humans, take advantage of the most strategic places and the most strategic resources that are available.  With this comes the flourishing of new life, happiness and possible/hopefully sustainable prosperity for the present and for the future well being of our civilizations.


The climate is changing and that's going to force a lot of changes on our part.  If we can survive the environmental tumult, and the economic and social tumult that it is going to cause, we could potentially, get off on a better footing than before, in spite of the losses which we incur as a result of the present silliness of our political, social and economic "leadership".


Good stuff!


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The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows

The city as network - Social Physics | #dataviz #UrbanFlows | It Comes Undone-Think About It |
Traditionally, cities have been viewed as the sum of their locations – the buildings, monuments, squares and parks that spring to mind when we think of ‘New York’, ‘London’ or ‘Paris’. In The new science of cities (Amazon US| Amazon UK), Michael Batty argues that a more productive approach is to think of cities in terms of …

Via luiy
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And there you have it.


The blue prints for understanding empirically a city, a society, a nation.

Think about it.

luiy's curator insight, March 23, 2014 8:16 AM

Cities and network analysis.


Viewing cities as networks allows us to use the toolbox of network analysis on them, employing concepts such as ‘cores’ and ‘peripheries’, ‘centrality’, and ‘modules’. Batty says that an understanding of how different types of network intersect will be the key that really unlocks our understanding of cities.


Cities, like many other types of network, also seem to be modular, hierarchical, and scale-free – in other words, they show similar patterns at different scales. It’s often said that London is a series of villages, with their own centres and peripheries. but the pattern also repeats when you zoom out and look at the relationships between cities. One can see this in the way that London’s influence really extends across Europe, and in the way that linked series of cities, or ‘megalopolises‘, are growing in places such as the eastern seaboard of the US, Japan’s ‘Taiheiyō Belt‘, or the Pearl River Delta in China.

sandra alvaro's curator insight, March 24, 2014 8:48 AM

Flows are not just the connectors between these important locations. Rather, the locations become important because – at least in part – they’re at the intersections.

Pierre Levy's curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:24 AM

By the way, geographs knew this a long time ago.