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Friday, November 04, 2011
Downtown Moves - Nov 1-3 Twitter archive
Below is the raw extract of tweets hashtagged #dottmo
Context: Ottawa.ca - Downtown Moves (Downtown Ottawa Mobility Overlay Study)
Most of them are from the Ken Greenberg talk, I have separated out earlier ones at the top.
These are in oldest first order.
(In case you're wondering how I did this, I took the Excel version of the Twitter archive I made, and sorted by ascending TweetID. then copied the text.)
Where the tweets are in order, just from me and the date is the same, I have removed my Twitter handle (@rakerman) and the time stamp.
Tweets from before Ken Greenberg's talk@rakerman
questions: how Centretown Design #ccdp2011 Mobility relates to Downtown Moves #dottmo & Sidewalk Summit #ssdh http://t.co/OE8p55rY #ottcity
I'm proposing #dottmo for Downtown Moves (hashtag = Downtown OTTawa MObility/MOves/Mobility Overlay) #ottcity
@OTWPolitics I suggested hashtag #dottmo
I will be using hashtag #dottmo for Downtown Moves / Mobility Overlay #ottcity
#dottmo MT @OTWPolitics: For those who can't make it to City Hall tonight, Ken Greenberg's talking urban rejuvenation on @CBCOttawa
RT @rakerman: I will be using hashtag #dottmo for Downtown Moves / Mobility Overlay #ottcity
Anyone else tweeting from Downtown Moves talk by Andrew Wiley-Schwartz? #Ottcity #dottmo #ottbike
Coun. @marianne4kanata talking about making our roads safer, and @JimWatsonOttawa signing Int'l walking charter #dottmo
RT @Centretowner: Coun. @marianne4kanata talking about making our roads safer, and @JimWatsonOttawa signing Int'l walking charter #dottmo
@Centretowner @rakerman They talk the talk... but will they walk the walk?? #ottcity #dottmo
AWS's #dottmo talk about what NYC did at Times Square reminds me of what #Ottcity did in the '60s with Sparks St
Ken Greenberg spoke November 3, 2011 at 7pm at City Hall.
Context: Ottawa.ca - Downtown Moves - Public Lecture Program
Ken Greenberg's talk@rakerman
#dottmo just opening - Ken Greenberg talking about book
#dottmo "we were swept up in a euphoria around the potential of the automobile"
#dottmo 1939 World's Fair - GM exhibit - "it seemed like a good idea at the time"
#dottmo "the hubris of that era... The automobile was at the heart of it"
#dottmo Disney Magic Highway USA 1958
#dottmo the summary of the Disney film is people were out of their minds (about cars) in the 1950s
#dottmo from walkable cities to car-oriented cities
#dottmo Jane Jacobs vs Robert Moses
#dottmo as walkability becomes the most desired, poor are pushed out of city centers into suburbs
#dottmo (car-centic design) producing a pattern of living that is not sustainable
#dottmo massive financial drag on economy related to congestion, long car travel times
#dottmo website: dead malls (symptom of car-oriented design failing)
#dottmo "the best way to solve mobility is through land use"
#dottmo need mixed use buildings
#dottmo Bank Street Ottawa transformation
#dottmo how to handle new immigrants - they are now ending up in suburbs - disconnected, difficult to get around
#dottmo (me: in part this is about the Arrival City idea)
#dottmo showing transformation of NYC Times Square
#dottmo Madrid has buried city-centre highways
#dottmo new ways to get around - bike share, car share, phone as access/payment for all forms of transportation
#dottmo showing a Complete Streets design
#dottmo if kids can bike to school, that's a good indicator
#dottmo urban design to percentage of pedestrians using the space - temporary or permanent pedestrianization of roadways
#dottmo Hammarby Sjostad http://t.co/vRFX82t5
#dottmo the next big challenge: retrofitting suburbia
#dottmo #ottcity is there a link for the Bank Street redesign Ken is talking about?
#dottmo restructuring around subway stops coming to York U
#dottmo Mississauga "looks like a city... But on the ground it's auto-oriented"
#dottmo "at the heart of a sustainable future is gracefully making this transition" to a pedestrian/cyclist/transit city
#dottmo civil society needs to support these changes
#dottmo iterate solutions with teams of experts to solve complex urban design problems
#dottmo big turnout, mailing list I can sign up for, but not at all clear how people can participate, not just receive broadcasts #ottcity
#dottmo I guess Ken Greenberg was talking about: Bank Street Community Design Plan http://t.co/u38bi6xL 1st I've heard of it. #ottcity
#dottmo Here's the Disney Magic Highway video that Ken showed, demonstrating how crazy people were over cars in 1958 http://t.co/ZMSDVvWj
Further ReadingI think this is what the Mayor signed: The International Charter for Walking
RandomHouse.ca - Ken Greenberg - Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder
LibraryThing - Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder
Wired 15.12 - The Original Futurama [GM 1939 World's Fair exhibit]
Wikipedia - Jane Jacobs - The Death and Life of Great American Cities
RandomHouse.com - Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City
LibraryThing - Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City
Arrival City: The Final Migration and the Next World
US National Complete Streets Coalition
Complete Streets Canada
I would point you to a fantastic video of Jan Gehl talking in Ottawa about urban design, but the NCC reorganised their site and it has now disappeared. You can see his slidedeck but it's almost useless without his (very funny) narration. You can also follow the thread of blog postings back from Jan Gehl presentation about urban planning in Ottawa - October 6, 2010 but many of the links are now broken.
ContactThere is a general contact address: email@example.com
and the specific project manager is Nelson Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
There was a mailing list you could sign up for at the event; you can probably get on it by emailing them.
Nelson said on the afternoon of the 3rd there was a 40-person discussion / working group, but I don't know who the members were or how the results will be presented.
Also Greenberg's presentation was recorded in some form - I think video - there was mention of a "podcast" of it being posted.
November 1, 2011 questions about downtown mobility [now with answers]
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Ottawa - Centretown walkability
As you walk around town between now and November 8th, consider the following topics and if possible please bring a list of 5 examples in each category.Here are a couple:
* The Bank Street advertising monoliths that block half of the sidewalk
* The traffic signal control nodes (big boxes, usually sitting on a metal column) that block half of the sidewalk
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
cat missing near Dundonald Park
Shreddy. Above is from a few months ago; she looks a bit older now. She doesn't have a collar on at the moment but she is chipped.
As you can see, grey with white stripes and white paws.
UPDATE 2011-11-02: Found late in the evening, she was stuck on the wrong side of (very busy arterial) Lyon.
questions about downtown mobility
This is what I asked on the Centretown Design Plan blog:
Will you be representing the Centretown Design Plan at the Downtown Moves (Mobility Overlay) events? http://ottawa.ca/residents/public_consult/mobility_overlay/program_en.htmlUPDATE 2011-11-03: I got a response (Ross at the Mid-Centretown Tomorrow blog has always been great with fast, detailed responses).
With regard to your questions around the Mobility Overlay, your best bet for answers and understanding how transportation networks might be improved and/or impact on adjacent communities is to contact Nelson Edwards at the City of Ottawa (email@example.com). Nelson is the project manager and will have the most recent information on the scope and methods of the study. It was our understanding that DOMO was to look at the two way conversions as part of its scope. I hope that this is still the case. As you know, Centretown has been included as the Area of Influence….but I am not really sure what this means with regard to work being undertaken locally.
All the best
October 31, 2011 Downtown Moves - Public Lecture Program - Nov 2 & 3, 2011
October 31, 2011 Ottawa Sidewalk (pedestrian) Summit Nov 8, 2011
meta: invoking ancient magic
Updated my very very old Blogger template to show post titles on individual post pages.
On the miniscule chance you should need to do this, it's a combination of itempage, blogger, and the page title:
(I've changed angled brackets to square, as the Blogger editor is now too clueless to let me easily quote HTML code.)
Monday, October 31, 2011
Downtown Moves - Public Lecture Program - Nov 2 & 3, 2011
See below for info on Public Lectures.
ContextOttawa is doing a study on mobility downtown.
Well, that's what I thought they were doing, actually as framed by the study area and terms, it's "what can we tweak in the Central Business District when LRT replaces the Albert & Slater bus transitway" and not "how can we improve pedestrian and cyclist mobility in all of Centretown".
The primary Study Area is the Central Business District of the Central Area (north of Gloucester Street, between Bronson and the Rideau Canal), and along the major arterial streets that will be influenced by the significant changes as a result of the new LRT stations.from Downtown Moves: Study Area and Study Context
(This study was previously called the Downtown Mobility Overlay, but appears to have been rebranded as Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa’s Streets.)
The Centretown Design Plan people had assured us that mobility-related recommendations, like restoring major arterials as two-way streets, would be incorporated into the Downtown Mobility Overlay, but I don't see how this will work in practice as the Study Area is just the CBD and is mostly about adapting to the LRT.
register using web form, deadline OCTOBER 31, 2011
November 3, 2011 - 9am - Andrew Wiley-Schwartz, New York City, Department of Transportation
register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , deadline OCTOBER 31, 2011
November 3, 2011 -7pm - Ken Greenberg
register using web form, deadline OCTOBER 31, 2011
from Downtown Moves > Public Lecture Program
UPDATE 2011-11-01: The Media Advisory for the public lecture program is out, unfortunately a day after the registration deadline. It says
The summit brings together national and international experts, community leaders, municipal staff and stakeholder agencies to listen and share their experiences as the City seeks to identify ways to create vibrant, safe and accessible streets for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders in downtown Ottawa.ENDUPDATE
See also: Ottawa Sidewalk (pedestrian) Summit Nov 8, 2011
May 30, 2011 Centretown planning links
Ottawa Sidewalk (pedestrian) Summit Nov 8, 2011
Diane Holmes' "SIDEWALK SUMMIT"from dianeholmes.ca
You may also want to consider trying to connect this up with the overlapping but apparently disconnected work being done by the Centretown Design Plan, the Downtown Mobility Overlay (apparently now called Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa's Streets), Choosing Our Future and NCC Horizon 2067.
See also: Downtown Moves - Public Lecture Program - Nov 2 & 3, 2011
UPDATE 2011-11-01: Also of note is the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, marked draft 2009. ENDUPDATE
May 30, 2011 Centretown planning links