“Ruin pornography” is a phrase describing the multitude of pictures of Detroit’s abandoned buildings. What article on Detroit does not attempt to capture the aesthetics of abandonment? Cities have a particular brand that popular news sources attach to them: Portland is quirky, San Francisco is artsy, Boulder is outdoorsy, and Detroit is post-apocalyptic. Articles often overlook less flashy topics pertaining to a city’s image in order to catch a reader’s wandering eye. Read this article by Wayne State University professor John Patrick Leary to start thinking about how certain media sources propagate city motifs in the cultural mind.
Obesity rates among children have quadrupled since 1970 due in a large part to the decline of regular, physical activity among school-age children. Promoting active transportation may be one of the most effective ways to reduce the meteoric rise of obesity and diabetes among both children and adults. Safe Routes to School is a federally-sponsored, community-based program designed to increase bicycling and walking rates among elementary school students. Parents help create a bike- and walk-friendly atmosphere by commuting with their children and their neighbors’ children. Local government responds by providing necessary traffic enforcement, education efforts, and infrastructure improvements.
Approximate construction costs per parking space:
$5,000 for each surface parking space
$25,000 for each above-ground structure parking space
$50,000 for each below-ground structure parking space
Recommended reading: Donald C. Shoup’s “The High Cost of Free Parking”