INVISIBILITIES: Just because you can’t see them (or prefer not to) doesn’t mean they are not there.

In a city, as in life, we normally register only what we set out to look for. The anomalies, the absences, the troubling, somehow escape our attention. But when it comes to transport, everywhere the eye might wander there are valuable clues, both visible and invisible, for planners and policy makers. However, if we fail to use our eyes we miss out on valuable information. And as a result our cities do just that much less well.

man sleeping under sidewalk - top half only

 


Invisibilities

invisible cyclists - bit larger

 


Invisibilities

 

invisible people

 


Invisibilities

 

bus stop vagrant sleeping

 


Invisibilities

 

invisible car-smaller

 


Invisibilities

 

ghost cycle 2

 


Invisibilities

 

germany invisible car mercedes

 


Invisibilities

 

hitchhiker-night

 


Invisibilities

 

Netherlands - carsharing two guys

 


Invisibilities

 

carshare-only - Copie

 


Invisibilities

 

india woman crossing highway

 


Invisibilities

empty bus stop in snow night


Invisibilities

invisiblities wheel chair getting off bus

 


Invisibilities

wpd-sidewalk man sleeping

 

Invisibilities

the great art is to
listen to the softest voice
even in the wind


 

 

Invisibilities

jane jacobs

Eyes on the Street

 


the great art is to
listen to the softest voice
even in the wind

 

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From the editor: 

I had  considered writing a few words to introduce or explain each of these images, since there is a story behind each. But upon reflection I decided to leave it to the photos and you. A bit like Songs without Words.

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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