Monthly Archives: October 2019

New Mobility Needs Old Mobility, Too!

I admit that I often approach discussions of “new mobility” with trepidation. Many mobility-themed events in Detroit are launched with much fanfare but end up just talking about, duly-hashtagged, #design and #autonomous. For the most part, autonomous vehicles are, as … Continue reading

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“Recession Warning Signs? Nah, We Straight.”

Well, there’s this:  A few big companies took a beating last week as they reported earnings misses, among them Budweiser and Amazon. Most earnings are, across the board, decreasing a little bit. (I’ve previously lamented that no one seems concerned … Continue reading

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Gilbert’s Bedrock Is Beginning To Think Outside The Automobile

I attended an event last night hosted by Transportation Riders United in One Woodward. The second floor conference room has some great views of the city at sunset, thanks to Michigan legend Minoru Yamasaki‘s affinity for floor-to-ceiling windows. (Oh, I … Continue reading

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Ode on Michigan’s Business-Friendly Regulatory Environment

One day, I’d like to sit on my front steps with a cup of coffee, breathe deeply, and not catch a whiff of acrid diesel exhaust. One day, I’d like to come home in an evening and not see in … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Parking Fever

En route to the Green Task Force meeting at Walker-Miller Energy Services in New Center, I stopped at 550 W. Fort St., site of a protest against the proposed demolition of the vacant, Detroit Saturday Night building at that address. … Continue reading

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Greening Sprawl and The Limits of Incrementalism

Often, when I get excited about a discussion about sustainable urbanism or green building, the projects in question turn out to be, well, lackluster. I joke that New Urbanism is about designing sprawling strip malls where the parking lots are … Continue reading

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Monopolies Kill My Dreams Of Better Things

Today a DTE representative uttered probably the least inspiring words that one can ever hear in a volunteer workgroup meeting. “We looked into that,” Mr. Randazzo said, “and we determined that it would be too expensive.” The place was Walker-Miller … Continue reading

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