#Urban Planning

Apr 10, 2010
Gondola, Maokong Taipei, Media & Blogs

The City Fix

Over at The City Fix, Megan McConville has a great piece on cable transit called Up, Up and Away in a Cable Car. It’s an excellent analysis of the technology that talks extensively about the management difficulties and poor decision-making behind the Maokong Gondola in Taipei. Well worth the read and very informative for cities...

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Apr 10, 2010

Why Your Bus or Streetcar is Stuck in Traffic

Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone. Rudyard Kipling (1890)

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Apr 08, 2010
Gondola, Urban Planning & Design

Tomorrow’s Urban Gondola

All images courtesy of the Doppelmayr Garaventa Group. Design by Johannes Geisler.

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Apr 07, 2010
Case Studies, Gondola, Light Rail & Streetcars, Ogden Utah, Urban Planning & Design

Urban Gondolas in Ogden, Utah

My hunch is that many people stumble onto the topic of Cable Propelled Transit (and this website) by googling the words urban and gondola or urban gondola. If not, go ahead and try it and see what you come up with. I’ll wait . . . So what did you find? Likely you came upon several...

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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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Apr 05, 2010
Analysis, Urban Planning & Design

Be Skeptical About Cable Propelled Transit

I love skeptics. Skeptics are a necessary check and balance in our entire system. They’re also some of the most positive and exciting individuals you’ll come across. There is a difference, however, between healthy skepticism and cynicism, even though the two terms are often used interchangeably. Skeptics challenge the status quo and vet new ideas....

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Apr 03, 2010
Analysis, Research Issues, Urban Planning & Design

5 Useful Cable Websites

Right now, the major source of information about cable tech comes from skiing-related sources. Here’s five useful ones. They’re not all in English. And they’re not all up to date, but they represent some of the few resources cable’s got: Bergbahnen.org Lift-world.info Skilifts.org Funi Forum Ropeways.net Part of what holds cable back is a lack...

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Apr 02, 2010
Analysis, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Preserve Your Legacy

Transit planning is a political act, no two ways about it. And as such, transit is subject to all the bumps and grinds characteristic of political and economic cycles. But unlike smaller scale legacy projects (because, let’s be honest, transit is as much about legacy building as much as it is about transportation), transit is...

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Apr 01, 2010
Just For Fun, Thoughts

Children, Transit & Play Trains

When I was a child, my mother had a very simple rule when we were taking public transit:  If I misbehaved, we walked . . . no matter how far from home we were.  I knew perfectly well that my mother didn’t want to walk home any more than I did so one day I...

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Mar 31, 2010
Urban Planning & Design

Cable Transit In Edinburgh?

Please take the time to visit Maria Mysliborska’s wonderful Master’s Thesis Page. It’s a beautiful page that suggests how academic theses will likely be developed and submitted in the future. Maria’s plan is an elegant redevelopment of Edinburgh’s derelict waterfront. Among the highlights of the plan are a local public transit circulator using (you guessed it)...

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