ATL Urbanist: New 'Planning Atlanta' web archive

atlurbanist:

Duuuuude. I may not be able to lift myself from the inevitable vortex of Atlanta-history goodness that has been laid down by this new Planning Atlanta website.

The fine folks at the Georgia State University library have put together a digital archive of 130 (and growing) planning maps of…

This year’s official Republican Party platform explicitly criticizes the ‘urban vision of dense housing and government transit,’ calling it ‘social engineering.’

Will Doig

Is sprawl not social engineering towards a different end?

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Yes indeedy. Sprawl is the product of social engineering on probably the largest scale we’ve ever seen in the US. I watched the incredible Pruitt-Igoe Myth documentary last night and it references this — the way that local and federal government stepped in to allow the white-flight and sprawl boom to happen in the 1950s-60s.

New zoning regulations ensured that the only form of development possible in many counties was detached-use sprawl for the middle class (with no chance for apartments to accommodate low-income people). Highway infrastructure accommodated the commuting needs of people in this car-oriented environment, while making alternative transportation options infeasible in much of the landscape.

Charles Marohn calls sprawl the US “suburban experiment” and, economically, a failed one. I think we’ll need to let a generation of baby boomers pass us by, though, before the US can accept that this is indeed a failed experiment in social engineering. Too many people are emotionally attached to car-centric subdivisions and strip malls as the best development form possible — and blind to the government intervention that made this form not only possible but obligatory.

zoning

For more info on how zoning laws facilitated the growth of sprawl, take a look at this article.

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feltron:

IS THE NEW
The project documents every instance of the phrase “is the new” encountered from various sources in 2005. It is intended to map the iterations of a peculiarly common marketing and literary device.

feltron:

IS THE NEW

The project documents every instance of the phrase “is the new” encountered from various sources in 2005. It is intended to map the iterations of a peculiarly common marketing and literary device.


YES.

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Wait What - Dangerous And Sound (Busta Rhymes vs. Capital Cities)

I love the vibe here.


emayzin:

New star slinger interview from Montréal. Talks about me a bit at the beginning haha. His show in Toronto was really awesome. Some random guy from London bugged the shit out of us as well.

A prayer for October

We are compãning t’wards a precipice, my dear
For once eye can eye deep the distance both ways.
I’m learning to not leap back and suggest in you fear.


Jason Carter and this speech, I highly recommend. If you live(d) in Georgia, you should see this.

Oh, it’s on the redistricting.


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