Is World Streets doing its job? We asked 100 experts for their views – – and 101 responded.

World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet.
– Dirk van Dijl, Netherlands

1827 calendar days have passed since World Streets opened its stacks for consultation on 31 March 2009.  Ad the results are there for all to see and judge: 1,196 original articles, 128 contributors, 1,365 photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations, 5443 registered readers, from some 149 different countries, and on an average day anywhere from 150 to 250 visitors click in (best ever: 2002).   But is what we are doing useful and worthy of support? We asked 100 expert readers for their views  — and 101 of them picked up their pens and responded. Continue reading

The “Real Economy” vs. the Financial Economy (And then I rembered Laputa)

The Greek Formula One idiocies of late — see http://goo.gl/E64Tp for ample backgrouknd there — have me asking myself, on what planet do these good souls and their ilk live? Or think  they live?  And then I remembered Laputa.
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Testimony: Science and Technology Select Committee, UK House of Lords

In the last weeks I was asked to provide written testimony and evidence in answer to a “Call for Evidence” for the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee on the subject of “Behaviour Change —Travel-Mode Choice Interventions to Reduce Car Use in Towns and Cities”. As can happen in these things, in my remarks I moved away from the chosen topic (instruments for behaviour change),  on the grounds that there are other more fundamental issues that need to be tackled first. In the following you will find my submittal of last Monday to the committee, whom I thank for giving me this opportunity to share my views.
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