Nov 03, 2011
White Card

More White Cards

The Gondola Project has been dedicated to exploring cable systems for a couple years now, and have amassed a large amount of information throughout this site. That is why yesterday we introduced our most recent CUP endeavor — WHITE CARDS, a new (and we hope more succinct) learning tool for cable. Devised from the idea of a White Paper,...

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Oct 14, 2011
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: 12 Urban Gondolas in Makkah?

Various media sources have been reporting that Makkah, Saudi Arabia has plans for 12 Urban Gondola systems throughout the city (here, here and here, for example). While that’s certainly exciting news, it’s not exactly true. The study that led to these reports explored only three routes with multiple technology and route configurations. The number of...

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Aug 30, 2011
Light Rail & Streetcars, Medellin MetroCable

Medellin to Build Two Urban Gondolas – Integrated Into A Light Rail Line!

Metro de Medellin is in no rush to slow down. The transit agency of this Colombian metropolis has been expanding their public transportation system at breakneck speeds for the past 15 years and things just continue apace. The agency recently released plans for their Corredores Verdes (Green Corridor) Light Rail/Tram plan. Their approach is a...

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Jul 23, 2010
Medellin MetroCable, Urban Planning & Design

Things Spread Quickly

Last month CUP conducted a study of all planned, conceived or under-construction cable systems in South America. Our findings shocked even us: Almost 5 dozen systems are in the works on that continent and that number doesn’t even include Brazil (because of the Portuguese language issues – as in, we don’t speak Portuguese), the largest...

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Apr 30, 2010
Apr 22, 2010

Hotmail and Paradigm Changes

I got my first email account in the summer of 1998. It was a Hotmail account. Someone dragged me to a local café and signed me up. It wasn’t that advanced at the time and I wasn’t overly impressed. Was email great at the time? Sure it was, but I didn’t see it. I missed...

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Apr 12, 2010
Caracas Metrocable, Medellin MetroCable, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Being First

It’s only a matter of time before someone builds an urban gondola or Cable Propelled Transit system in your world. It’s only a matter of when, where and whose first. I know this because I read dozens of documents and reports from amateurs and professionals alike, answer a fair bit of email and listen to...

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Apr 06, 2010
Analysis, Medellin MetroCable

Eyes On The Street

In her seminal work The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urban theorist Jane Jacobs declared that a safe street or neighborhood was one that had plenty of “eyes” on it. That is, the more people use a street, the safer it becomes. Criminals, after all, don’t like the prying eyes of strangers and...

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Mar 26, 2010

The Gondola Revolution

The good people over at Fourstory.org asked me to write a piece on Medellin’s Metrocable and it went live yesterday. Check out The Gondola Revolution. Special thanks to Tony Chavira for all his help and support. Please take some time to cruise Fourstory’s site, you’ll be well-rewarded.

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Mar 21, 2010

One time . . .

One time, it’s a fluke . . . The Roosevelt Island Tram. Two times, it’s a fad . . . Medellin. Three times, it’s a trend . . . Portland. Four times, it’s a movement . . . Caracas. Five times, it’s a force . . . Next?

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