How were the leading minds in Penang looking at the challenges of sustainable transport back at the turn of the century? Did you know this? In many ways considerably better than is the case today. They were lucid, they had focus, and they stuck with the issues at hand.. To bring you into the picture […]
It is amazing how words can pop up and associate in a situation in which a number of people with different ideas and orientations come together to see if they can put their fingers on some elusive but important truth. Over the past months as a civil society consensus critiquing the State government’s transport plan […]
We all know the story about The Blind Men and the Elephant? Fine, but do you know the one about The Blind Men and the Penang Transport Master Plan?
From the Archives. George Town Malaysia. Sept 23 , 2013 http://themalaymailonline.com/ — By Opalyn Mok A predilection for cars means that 80 per cent of transport funding is used to cater for the needs of 20 per cent of society, according to a public transport proponent today. World Car Free Day founder Eric Britton pointed out this […]
This carefully compiled seasonal report from Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute is a fine tool and up to date source guide for researchers and policy makers worldwide. We are pleased to present it in its entirety here, together with references you will find handy to take these entries further. Thanks for your […]
Public transport in Kuala Lumpur: A paradigm shift First extracts: “MAY 19 — The Malaysian Government has established an objective of improving public transport in urban areas around the country as a core to stimulate economic growth and relieve traffic congestion. In order to achieve the stated objectives, the government has allocated funds worth up […]
This set of references in support of the sustainable Penang project, and in particular the component involving civil society participation in determining the future of Penang’s transport/mobility system, has been carefully pieced together over the last two years, in response to a system on the part of the government that was providing little information to support citizen enquiries into […]
Of Mice, of Men and . . . of Penang When I first visited Penang back in late summer 2013 in response to an invitation by Think City, I had several weeks to profit from a steady diet of site visits, lectures, master classes and intense skull sessions with ten different key groups (including media, local government, […]
The more you solve the problem the bigger the PROBLEM gets. Even in Mouse Town.
Civil Society didn’t quite work this time.
Finally. The American Dream
Finally. The American Dream
It was late Spring 1958 (as I best recall) in New York City when a young Eric Britton, just out of the US Army and about to dig into the Graduate Faculties of Columbia, was – as young men will do — checking out the action in Washington Square Park in the Village on a […]
No no. Stay tuned. The mice have not said their last words. This battle has yet to be joined. Stay tuned.
It’s getting late in Penang so we cannot read the whole story to you tonight. So we have to stop here when the well-connected Beaver Construction company showed up, without any prior public notice, to start the work on the road. And the first victims were, of course, the trees.
And then, a very strange and altogether unanticipated thing occurred. Alvin bought a Proton.
And into this happy world slipped a letter. And a kind invitation.