Adaptation in housing, organically

A few housing-related tidbits that I’ve accumulated over the past week.

Richard Layman laments the lack of quality development, noting the difficulties involved with larger scale infill projects, especially when compared against smaller scale renovation projects of single rowhouses or small apartment buildings. The smaller scale renovations take on a more organic character, while

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Unhappy hipsters

Taking photos from Dwell and other such modern housing magazines and subverting their meaning with snarky captions can be quite entertaining.

It was comforting to know that the neighbors had stopped speaking.

You can come out when you can properly explain the differences between Modernist architecture and postmodern ornamentation.

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Perceptions of density often miss the mark

Photo from cacophony76.

Density is one of the most important elements of any city, but also one of the most misunderstood.

However, the density of a site is often not what it initially seems – people will key on things like height, design, maintenance, and context rather than actually looking at what density means

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Metro’s new board members set the bar…

….and other assorted links

Board games: Greater Greater Washington notes that the Feds have filled two of their four slots on the WMATA board, naming Mort Downey and Marcel Acosta to the positions.

Downey is a former executive for the US DOT under the Clinton Administration and is currently a transportation consultant. Acosta is the

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Dogs and Cats living together…

Mass hysteria!

Two animal/transit notes:

Russian dogs riding the trains: There have long been packs of stray dogs in Moscow’s Metro, but a couple of them have learned to ride the trains – and do so for fun, apparently. (hat tip – Human Transit, Andrew Sullivan)

Neuronov says there are some 500 strays that

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Minneapolis LRV, a project built with New Starts before the total focus on the CEI. CC image from joelplutchak on flickr.

Following up from previous discussions of precision and accuracy, Elana Schor at Streetsblog delves deeper into the subject.

While addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, assistant transport secretary for policy Polly Trottenberg was

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Assorted Portland tidbits

Portland Aerial Tram – image from joseph readdy on flickr

Ah, Portland. Metropolis of planning, bicycling, and all things creative. A couple of things have piled up in my open tabs or in my reader.

Portland hasn’t seen huge shifts in mode share (as noted here previously – hat tip to Jarrett Walker here

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Streetcar tracks, H St NE – CC image from flickr

Over the past couple of days, there have been lots of reactions to the DOT’s decision to lessen the importance of their cost-effectiveness measures in decisions on new transit starts funding (TTP, Yglesias, TNR, TOW, Streetsblog), almost all of them positive. There are, however,

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Links – bad day for the Midwest

Soldier Field, US v. Honduras World Cup Qualifier, summer 2009. CC image from flickr

The US has narrowed their list of potential host cities for the US Soccer Federation’s bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup – and shockingly, that list does not include the Windy City.

The final cities are

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Fun with maps and movies

DCist takes note of Matt Yglesias’ tweet on the New York Times’ fantastic interactive map of various metropolitan areas, broken down by zip codes and how popular each of Netflix’s top 50 rentals of 2009 was in those areas.

The geographic patterns are fascinating, and quite revealing about the social and economic geography of the

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