Earlier this year urban planning was said to be the hot new occupation. Nice! Especially if it means we’ll have more people paying attention to the built, spatial dimension of inequality and poverty? Hope so. No kids, it isn’t all groovy, inclusive charettes and pencil crayon renderings of LRTs. Here’s a couple of recent pieces to help the young upstarts dig into the realities.
Mapping the city. How transit can fix access to jobs in Toronto
How urban design perpetuates racial inequality – and what we can do about it. Our cities weren’t created equal. But they don’t have to stay that way
image: Chicago Transit Authority archives via Flickr/CC
We first heard about the Mississauga LRT in the early 1990s. On the verge of becoming a reality, the positivity around the LRT is truly welcome. Now, we maybe would have dropped this kind of infrastructure into the landscape, along with a grid of cycle paths, maybe before putting down a zillion dollars worth of real estate development. Guess things just aren’t really done that way here? Along with improved GO service and a major east-west busway the depressing diesel horrors of grinding around Mississauga 80s-style should be banished to the past soon.
Stand by for enthusiasm…
image: unknown photographer via Brad O’Brien – Flickr/CC
If we want to give people the tools to fight back against poverty a fair fare might be one place to start.
Why Toronto needs a low-income Metropass program. Getting around the city can be expensive – especially for low income Torontonians
image: Margaret Bourne via Flickr/CC
Once you’ve actually done this kind of wearing, multi-hour, multi-modal trek you have an idea how awful they can be. In the last of a four-part series on the US south join an Atlanta woman making her way from a homeless shelter to a potential employer. Two hours one way for the possibility of a job. As a daily commute covering that kind of ground would be a job in itself.
A lonely road. For the poor in the Deep South’s cities, simply applying for a job exposes the barriers of a particularly pervasive and isolating form of poverty
See also: (732) Long ride home
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A plan to keep cities financially inhabitable for working people is an extra nice thing to come across at the holiday season, don’t you think?
One big idea to tie affordable housing to accessible transit. You can’t have one without the other. Enter the ’30/30/30′ plan
Many of us have been quietly thinking this must be the case in our municipality. We better vote OXI on this BS, and quick.
Why Canada has fallen so far behind on public transit: ‘electoral alliances and political gains,’ are driving new transit, not smart decision making
image: Bombardier Flexity Freedom LRT mock up by Steve Chou via Flickr/CC