EYES UPON THE STREET
Source: From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection at https://www.facebook.com/NewMobilityArts/
The hard fight, the war one might say, to create sustainable, efficient, happy and resilient cities is, above all, based on our ability to convey certain ideas, eventually new ways of thinking, and in the process make a dent in changing people’s minds. Your mind, my mind and their minds (including those of elected officials and decision makers). So that we and they in turn will modify our/their behaviour, our choices, for our own good and that of the community as a whole. To achieve this ambitious objective, we need to put to work every tool, every device at our disposal.
Here is an example of how a few words can change the world.
Serendipity: The Happy Surprise
On 14 Dec. 2015: Mr. Lim Thean Heng, Chief Engineer, for reasons of his own, decided to created a WhatsApp group, “Sustainable Penang”. The results of his successful initiative can be accessed online via https://web.whatsapp.com/, and from there clicking the menu to Sustainable Penang. The forum is open to invited participants, and thus far has almost two hundred members, roughly 20% or so from outside Penang. One of the main targets of the forum is to get feedback and views on the state government ‘s work in preparation of a Penang Transport Master Plan, on which there are many opposing views, including in the most informed public and reaches of civil society. But that is not the only thing that gets talked about there.
Did you realise that our WhatsApp forum is also a valuable research tool?
An open letter to Mr. Joshua Woo
Special Officer to Member of Parliament of Bukit Mertajam
Subject: – Commentary on your article appearing in the Penang Monthly October issue under the title “Better, Cheaper, Faster – Really?” – http://penangmonthly.com/better-cheaper-faster-really/
– By Joshua Woo . In Penang Monthly, October 2016. http://penangmonthly.com/better-cheaper-faster-really/
This article by Mr. Joshua Woo, Special Officer to Member of Parliament of Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia provides a critical analysis of two radically different, hotly contested approaches to sustainable transport planning and policy for the state of Penang, Malaysia. Readers not familiar with these challenges and critical differences in Penang are invited to consult the background postings here: (a) Penang Transport Master Plan; (b) Penang – A Sustainable Transport Primer for a Battle of Ideas ;and (c) The NGO Challenge, and (d) State Government response to NGOs. You may also find good value in a three minute video which provides a very good, and very funny synopsis of the process currently underway: (e) The Three Minute Summary . * Still hungry for more from all sides: work your way down the right hand menu to this site.
Paris mayor’s attempt to curb traffic along Seine leaves some commuters fuming
Mayor Anne Hidalgo called move ‘historic’; opposition decried it as ‘autocratic’
By Michelle Gagnon, CBC News, Oct 01, 2016 – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paris-cars-gagnon-1.3786615
CBC reporter and producer Michelle Gagnon came to Paris to enquire about the Paris plan to retire parts of a city highway and turn it into a carless, truckless, busless urban walk, linger, bike and play way. Her article opens like this: