Plazas, Cincinnati, and St. Louis

A good city park or plaza is a specific place that people go to instead of some green throwaway space. After that the main obstacle to park or plaza usage would be accessibility. Typically people wouldn’t go to a park if it were difficult to get there. In cities, that means if it was too…

Green Throwaway Space

Green spaces and greenery generally get too much of a pass in what constitutes a public good in American urban settings. In the case of parks and plazas they are politically uncontroversial, and in the case of landscaping and buffer space they are common enough to be practically invisible. Most people would agree that public…

Pedestrian Streets: Destinations and Non-Destinations

Pedestrian streets, or pedestrian malls, are a novelty in the United States. Wikipedia even has a page that lists them out. They are typically relatively narrow, ban or severely limit vehicular traffic, and have plenty of storefronts or residences on both sides. Though rare in the United States, these streets are commonplace practically everywhere else….

Leveraging the Delmar Loop Trolley

There has been a lot of negativity regarding the Delmar Loop Trolley in St. Louis over the past months and years, like how it’s a totally unnecessary replication of existing mass transit, how it made the street a deathtrap for cyclists, et cetera. It was constructed largely to serve as a development tool and tourist…