What do the 4,448 readers (today) turn to when they check into Word Streets in the morning? It never fails to surprise us. The variety of choice is enormous, and it often happens that articles which we consider minor if still interesting suddenly take off, because it turns out that our readers make up their own minds for their own reasons. Take the most read posting over the last half-dozen years for example — Why Free Public Transport is perhaps a bad idea. We thought it was an interesting and timely topic, but never suspected the depth of interest and that in time it would attract more than ten thousand readers. And what is more continue to show up on the most read list day after day.
In any event once a year we sit down and review the most popular articles going all the way back to the first one published in March 2009, and share the top contenders with our readers and anyone who might be curious about what sort of thing shows up here. In this spirit you will find below the most consulted articles of more than 1,720 that have appeared in these pages. These are the issues that our 4,455 readers in 149 countries on all continents show they care about.
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The above map reports the locations of 561 readers checking into World Streets over the last five days. (Of our total 4,484 registered readers as of this date.)
But what about them? Where? And what do they read?
A selection taken from more than three thousand photographs, cartoons, maps, charts and graffiti from almost as many sources that have appeared in the pages of World Streets since we first went to press in 2009. Many tell stories in themselves which our readers are warmly invited to complete from their own experience and imagination
Depending on the speed of your internet connection you may have to wait some seconds before the first images appear. From then on all you have to do is click the photo to move on to the next one.
Commentary and reflection on an article originally appearing in a Geek Wire posting by Bob Sullivan on 24 January – which when posted last week to our World Streets Online Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/WorldStreetsOnline attracted considerable attention. In the posting that follows, we propose an open thinking exercise in three parts which you are invited to join.
Admittedly it may not be so easy to get a feel for what World Streets is supposed to be all about when you first check in here, since we have since 2009 published more than 1500 articles and twice that many graphics, photographs and illustrative short videos on a very large array of issues, approaches, countries and cultures.. So to open up this virtual Pandora’s box for first time readers we decided to cull about two percent of the contents of the journal to see if we could come up with a selection of diverse articles, most of them quite short, to try to give the first time reader an idea of the variety and quality of what goes on here. We invite comments, suggestions and eventual contributions to what is, above all, an open, collaborative and convergent environment.
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Since our founding in 2009 World Streets has given attention occasionally to poor, and at times desperately poor, policies and practices in the fields of cities and transportation, in what we call our Worst Practices Department. The WPD has its useful place in World Streets and the world more generally because when it comes to transportation there has never been a shortage of bad ideas and even worse implementations.
Most of the bad ideas you will see skewered in this section are the results of some variable combinations of hubris, avarice, haste, short-sightedness, self-interest, pure ego, and invariably sheer ignorance of the complexity of the 21st century mobility environment. And of course all too often of sheer unbridled stupidity. (And so it goes.)
“Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay.”