I had this amazing report from PPS this morning!
Faking Places--April 1, 2010
>Unprecedented Series of "Recalls" Will Dramatically Change Our Communities
Placemaking fixes mistakes that threaten public safety and health
The recent automobile crisis has led to a rush of recalls, many of which may help reshape a world previously planned to accommodate only Toyotas.
Malfunctioning products from manufacturers such as Toyota are not the only things being recalled these days. Many of our public places are defective, posing risks to individuals, local economies and community life in general.
Rising concern about these threats to public safety and health, ranging from dangerous streets to destructive zoning codes, has sparked new efforts to fix the problems. While planning mistakes cannot be recalled in the same way that a car with faulty brakes is sent back to the repair shop, these actions are every bit as dramatic.
Project for Public Spaces has been working closely with government, professional, business and citizens groups to find the right solutions to ensure that people are safe and sound in the future. Here is a summary of the most recent wave of recalls that touch nearly every city, town and suburb.
Topics in this Article:
>Dangerous Roads Recalled by Transportation Department
Busy urban streets will be made safe and livable over next 10 years.
>New York Targets Blank Walls
An end to dull, windowless buildings that suck the life out of our cities.
>Make Paradise, Tear Down a Parking Lot
A massive recall on land illegally given to automobiles.
>Landscape Architects Pull the Plug on Jargon
All metaphors, juxtapositions and other incomprehensible language banned.
>New Lease on Life for Suburbs and Cities
Architects gather in Athens to bid farewell to single-use zoning.
>...And the Walks Came Tumbling Down
The last major "skyway" system, in Minneapolis, will be demolished.
>"City Center" R.I.P.
The faux phrase is now banned in 38 states.
>A Victory for America's Children
New rules make it possible for millions of kids to walk to school again.
>A Green Light for Safer Streets
Stoplights to be phased out in many U.S. neighborhoods.
>PPS President Issues a Recall on His Own Statements
Fred Kent softens his criticism of traffic engineers.
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