6-7 months out of the year, College Road is already two lanes due to snow and spring breakup puddles. This road needs center turn lanes, right turn lanes, bike lanes, and grade separated pedestrian paths.
It's counter-intuitive, but a two-lane road with specialized lanes will run better than a 4-lane road. How many times have you been on this road and experienced the check out line syndrome (you know: no matter what line you choose, it ends up being the slowest)? If you get in the left lane, someone needs to turn left, which slows your lane to a stop, but if you're in the right lane, you risk getting stopped by someone turning right. So, what do you do? You quickly try to change lanes, which increases the chances of a sideswipe or rear-end accident if you can't get into the other lane. If you happen to be the poor schmuck in front and see this coming, you probably try to turn quickly and get out of the way, but this increases those left turn right-of-way collisions.
And, don't get me started on the peds and bikes right next to the road. It seems like every time I drive College Road there's a wobbly bike rider or suicidal dog on a long leash (and just wait 'til fair time and then normal chaos goes to uber-chaos).
Let's quit being Luddites and welcome some good planning.
Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey ruled Monday afternoon that Uber can continue to offer its app-driven ride-sharing service in Anchorage as long as it doesn’t charge customers, which would likely put it in violation of city taxi laws.
Rob Duke's insight:
UBER is good transportation policy because it encourages car-pool, & rideshare. These things don't just happen--you have to have incentives to get people to participate in something that causes some inconvenience and includes extra costs (lost time, extra gas to go out of the way to pick up riders, etc.).
Alaska has done a poor job of discouraging sprawl, and encouraging alternative transportation and UBER is a way to remedy some of our less than ideal planning (The fact that it forces taxis to be more affordable and competitive is just a fringe benefit.)
In the most innovative incubators of urban research, the lessons of Jane Jacobs are more vital than ever.
In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers. Researchers at cutting-edge hubs of urban theory like the University College London and the Santa Fe Institute have been homing in on some key properties of urban systems—and contradicting much of today's orthodoxy. Their findings have begun to feed into recent and upcoming gatherings on the future of cities—including lead-in events for the U.N.'s big 2016 Habitat III conference on sustainable development—and arming leaders in the field with new ammunition in the global battle against sprawl.
Tags: density, urbanism, housing, urban, planning, unit 7 cities, labor.
With the federal environmental review process recently launched for a massive Alaska LNG project, the federal gas pipeline coordinator’s office is looking for direction from the White House on whether its mission will change.
The Alaska Policy Forum, that publishes the earnings of thousands of public employees in Alaska, is not so open when it comes to disclosing its financial supporters -- including the conservative Outside group that has funneled large grants its way.
This article originally appeared in Vulture. On YouTube right now, you can—and should—watch the entirety of Live in Sydney, a 1993 performance from U2’s ridiculous, iconic, and undeniably spectacular Zoo TV Tour. It’s a polarizing junction in the band’s 38-year run, but it’s also the one I’ve always found most...
Rob Duke's insight:
Masterful post-modern critique of the love-hate-fear relationship we have with everything cloud and media related....
Think more about the library as a service, having a teacher-librarian who can act as a filter, a connection maker, an information expert for learners. Someone who can support inquiry learning through the development of information literacy competencies in addition to the development of children as readers.
Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA has teamed up with Olin to create the 11th Street Bridge Park – a raised garden spanning Washington DC's Anacostia River.
Netherlands-based OMA and Olin beat three other design teams to win a government-supported competition to design a bridge that could provide a new "civic space" for the USA's capital city.
The project, currently expected to cost $35 million (£22 million), was proposed to find new uses for a series of piers that previously supported a major road crossing across the Anacostia River, which has been moved to a new location.
The new design is comparable to New York's popular High Line park andThomas Heatherwick's garden bridge proposal for the River Thames in London.
FAIRBANKS — Arctic policy expert Alexander Sergunin will give a free public lecture, “Russian Arctic Strategies: Priorities, Challenges and Opportunities,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Murie Building auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
American mapmaking’s most prestigious honor is the “Best of Show” award at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The five most recent winners were all maps designed by large, well-known institutions: National Geographic (three times), the Central Intelligence Agency Cartography Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau....
Moda Health says it will cancel individual policies that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act, a decision that will affect about 800 Alaskans. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, meanwhile, will allow its members to hang onto noncompliant policies
After a huge dam was demolished in Washington, U.S. Geological Survey researchers say salmon populations began to recover and 70 acres of new beach provided a new habitat for Dungeness crabs, clams, and other species.