9033Re: [carfree_cities] Carfree Times #40
- Sep 1, 2005On Sep 1, 2005, at 8:10 AM, J.H. Crawford wrote:
> Carfree Times #40 is now on line at:Hi Joel,
> This issue was a little rushed because I wanted
> to get the New Orleans story out immediately.
> I won't send notices until Friday, but if you
> could advise me today of any typos or other errors
> OFF LIST, I would be much obliged.
I've been offline lately with most of my attention turned to a search
for employment and thus less attention devoted to other things. In
case you tried to email me about CFT, I should let you know that my
former .Mac address no longer works, though I may try to reactivate
it later; my current email address appears above.
I took a look at the current Carfree Times and though I see 'Deutche'
has been corrected to 'Deutsche' since the first time I looked it
through, there are a number of other things that need to be taken
care of. I'm pasting the relevant text after my signature below.
As I say in my comments below, I would be interested in principle in
doing editing on the manuscript; I would need to know what kind of
work is involved, though. Also, I came across quite a few errors that
need to be fixed in the new French translation of the Intro chapter.
I'll see about sending you my comments in the relatively short term.
Reading your account of the clay maquette at TCFC, I was reminded of
a couple of articles that I read recently on the Cool Towns blog.
Perhaps you might be interested in them. One had to do with using a
new product by Lego that allows people to design Lego sets for their
It consists of a downloadable software application (Mac or PC) that
can be used to design a Lego set customized for your own purposes,
then submitted to Lego to be turned into a physical Lego set:
You can design your own trees and, perhaps, street furniture, it
seems; also vehicles if they are useful. Whether you stand a good
chance of ending up with a useful physical Lego set probably depends
on how marketable the Lego people think it will ultimately be. That
said, I can imagine it might be useful to design a number of modules
based on Alexander's architectural patterns that can be combined in
different ways to yield crude but functional representations of what
a built environment could look like.
The other article, also on the Cool Towns site, appeared just this
It's about a new mixed-use district to be built on the site of an
office park in Rockville, Maryland, whose design (Andres Duany is
involved) is strikingly similar to the medieval forms you propose.
Unfortunately this is true only at a superficial level, since
courtyards are used for parking, and the sinuous streets are designed
for cars. It's probably worth a quick look at the article and links,
Montreal QC Canada
Comments on CFT #40:
Work on Carfree Design Manual is going well. I expect to send it to
the publisher at the end of this year. The first draft is complete
except for two chapters. I badly need someone to do for this book
what Marti Frank did for the last one: help me with a major edit
before final tinkering begins. If you have the (very rare) skills and
are interested in this project, please send mail.
>>>> Chris M:I would definitely be interested in working with you on this. Could
you give me more of an idea of what you are looking for in terms of
the quantity and nature of the content to be worked on?
The Introduction page at Carfree.com is now available in French.
Thanks to Évan Monroig for the translation.
>>>> Chris M:I read the new translation a couple of weeks ago and it turns out
that there are various mistakes that need to be corrected, including
spelling, adjective-noun agreement for number etc., subject verb
agreement and others. I could go over it and send you the corrections
(which you could pass by Évan if you wish).
How Safe Is Transit?
The prolific Victoria Transport Policy Institute has issued (…) that
transit is an extremely safe mode, with total fatality rates per
passenger-mile approximately one-tenth that for automobile travel.
>>>> Chris M:fatality rates (plural) … one-tenth [that] >> those for…
Wireless Trams Already Exist
Germany has implemented systems where the two types of vehicles are
always kept separated either in [either] space or in time.
>>>> Chris M:…kept separated either in space or in time.
(The second ‘either’ should go.)
Energy Rationing in Britain?
I have long thought that a scheme of this sort, operated on a global
scale, is the only fair way to allocate[d] carbon emissions.
>>>> Chris M:…to allocate… (No ‘d’.)
Clay Maquette at TCFC V
While I had not developed a full set of sequences at the time of the
exercise, the work was well along.
>>>> Chris M:‘well along’
This isn’t an idiom I’m familiar with. Could it be a difference
between US and Canadian English? I haven’t managed to find it in my
dictionary (which referes to US usage). In trying to guess at the
intended meaning, all I can come up with is something like “well on
its way”, but this doesn’t make sense in the surrounding context.
Might this be the stranded remainder of some text that was deleted
>>>> Chris M:A bit of a picky comment here. I notice a number of Turkish names
that don’t look right. I realize that it would be difficult to get
all the details such as the dotless i and s-cedilla right and won’t
worry about those details. However a few names in your list that, as
spelled, violate either the rules for vowel harmony (vowels in native
Turkish words normally have to agree for height and backness), or
syllable structure (no more than two consonants in a row). Here are
the names with my comments:
Elvan Burge Erginli >> Bürge?
Selcen Kolutek >> Kölütek? (In general, are all the ‘c’s in the
Turkish names you have ‘c’ or should some be ‘ç’?
Elif Uzmez >> Üzmez?
Murat Yildrim >> This should be ‘Yildirim’ with an ‘i’ before the ‘r’.
Epitome of Coercive Advertising
Four paragraphs before the end:
What you really want is peace and quiet, but instead, you are forced
to repeatedly watch … and advertisements ad nauseum…
>>>> Chris M:ad nauseum >> ad nauseam
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