The View from Forth Worth

2960147463_e3bfdc1418.jpgDowntown Fort Worth

Today on the Streetsblog Network, Kevin at FortWorthology adds to the ongoing debate over how the smart-growth crowd should view Obama’s stimulus plan. The way he sees it, those expecting meaningful change in transportation policy at the federal level are bound to be disappointed. At the local level, though, things are looking much better, at least in this corner of Texas:

Real change can be effected at the local level. Real
progress can be made at the local level. When the Near Southside
form-based code went into effect, urging development in the district
into a people-focused and cohesive urban pattern, it’s because we (the general we) did it. When you take your first ride on the modern streetcar system, it’ll be because we did it. When you ride your bike down a bike route or lane, it’ll be because we did it.

Plus: winter bike-commuting tips from Bike PGH, musings on the potential virtues of the 7-11 from Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space, and the latest on plans for the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle from Orphan Road. You’ll find it all at Streetsblog.net.

Photo by StevenM_61 via Flickr

  • Sarah,

    Thanks so much for the mention here and on usa.streetsblog.org – I’m flattered!

    I just want to clarify that I don’t mean to come down on people trying to make a difference on a bigger scale – I just always put my focus on the uberlocal, and try to effect change there, because I think the best way to show the path for the bigger scale is to show that change *has been done* at the small scale.

    Thanks again,

    Kevin Buchanan
    fortworthology.com

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

How Much Would It Cost to Minneapolize the Country?

|
What would it cost to retrofit the entire United States to be reasonably bikeable? It all began with this idle question on Twitter. Bike advocates in the U.S. love to talk about incremental changes, small victories, baby steps. But, I wondered, what if we went further? What if we just went ahead and retrofitted the […]

Why Aren’t American Bike-Share Systems Living Up to Their Potential?

|
As policy director at the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007 to June, 2014, Jon Orcutt shepherded the nation’s largest bike-share system through the earliest stages of planning, a wide-ranging public engagement process, and, last year, the rollout of hundreds of Citi Bike stations. That makes Orcutt, formerly of Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation […]

Mr. Money Mustache on Retiring at 30 By Riding a Bike

|
His claim to fame is that he retired at age 30. He swears that you can achieve greater financial freedom too, if you follow his example by eliminating unnecessary expenses and investing wisely. He calls himself Mr. Money Mustache. And he says nothing is more essential to his philosophy and wealth-building strategy than riding a bike. Mr. […]