Park(ing) Day 2012

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks. In September of 2012, Asakura Robinson teamed up with the ASLA Houston, BetterHouston, Elizabeth Austin Landscapes, Gensler, Houston Tomorrow, Landscape Forms, ParksByYou, and SWA Group to transform three surface parking spaces in a lot at the corner of Main and Capitol in Downtown Houston. Arriving at 6:30 AM, our team paid the early bird price of $7 each for the use of the spots for the day and proceeded to transform the spaces using astroturf, live plants, street furniture and a...
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Second Place in Designing Action Competition in Nashville!

Kareeshma, along with James Moore and Jeff Goodman, placed second in Nashville’s Designing Action competition! Their entry, entitled The Yard, is available here. From the competition entry: “The Yard” creates spaces for healing, growth, and change by embracing a multifaceted view of health that extends beyond the physical body to the mind, city, and landscape. By combining physical, natural, and programmatic systems, The Yard nurtures the well-being of Nashville. From waterways, forests, and gardens to active sports fields to community-based classes and art, different approaches to health converge in The Yard. The organizing feature of The Yard is a new...
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Keep up with the Green Lane Project

It was not unusual to see individuals sporting green-painted pinkies at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference this week, signifying the Green Lane Project campaign that began in April 2012, hosted by the Bikes Belong Foundation. Six U.S. cities were chosen to participate — Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington DC —  all with a vision for bicycle transportation that is supported by elected officials, leading staff, and the community, easing the process of project implementation.  Every two weeks, these focus cities’ blogs will be updated to feature their progress as they deploy innovative, context-sensitive design solutions from...
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Long Beach Spotlight: Pro Walk Pro Bike 2012

This year’s Pro Walk Pro Bike (PWPB) Conference was held in Long Beach, California, where a sign outside City Hall declares it “the most bicycle friendly city in America.”  While bikes don’t rule the streets, bold efforts are being made to improve conditions for bicyclists and educate road users of their responsibilities.  Street sign banners advise, “Share our streets,” “Same road, same rules” and stenciled signs at the edge of crosswalks remind you to “Walk your bicycle.” From my observations this week, bicyclists don’t follow all the rules, as I often saw the typical beach cruiser weaving between the road...
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METRO Bike & Ride Plan Kickoff

It’s not often that planners have an opportunity to work on a project that hits so close to home. As those who know me well know, biking and transit play a major place in my life. I haven’t owned a car since 2001, and have been using transit and cycling as my main modes of transportation for all the years in between across a whole bunch of cities: Berlin, Minneapolis, Boston and Houston long term, as well as shorter stints in Ho Chi Minh City, Oakland and Madison. Each of these cities varies widely in its transit systems and bike...
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East End Mobility Study Completed!

Working on a team lead by Traffic Engineers, we recently completed the East End Mobility Study. Funded by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Greater East End Management District, the study looked at the western end of the Greater East End Management District and all of the East Downtown Management District. The study area was bounded by 59 on the West, I10 on the north, Lockwood on the East and I45 on the South. The study addressed the need for strategic, holistic transportation planning in the historic neighborhoods just east of downtown Houston. Having lost more than half of their...
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