CLIMATE / NEW MOBILITY EMERGENCY STRATEGIES: SUPPORTING SOCIAL MEDIA

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Below please find a selection of social media sites which have ben developed for this open-ended collaborative project — intended to serve as shared work spaces for people and groups working actively on various aspects of the sustainable transport challenge, as well as researchers, students,  the media, activists and concerned citizens.

(This section of the program is still in rapid development. In the event you did not find something important on your first visit. it may be useful to check back here from time to time.)

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WORLD STREETS NEW MOBILITY AGENDA 2018-2020

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
– William Butler Yeats

World Streets has from the beginning been intended to serve as a journal of record of the difficult world wide transition to sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives.   And as a lively world-wide partner, free resource and multi-faceted toolkit for concerned citizens and decision makers as they try to sort their way through the complexity and contradictions of bringing sustainable transport to our cities and their hard to serve hinterlands.   Many of our seven thousand-plus signed-in readers will for the most part keep their eye on the latest articles as they appear.

But there are others — students, educators, researchers, consultants, those working in concerned government agencies, transporters and other suppliers to the sector,  city planners, activists, civil society, journalists, citizens looking for international background on specific topics — who need to have quick access to what the site has to offer.  Which, it turns out, is quite a lot. Let’s have a look.

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The World Climate Emergency . . . and the Legend of the Hummingbird

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The bedtime story I tell to my grandchildren:

One day, a very long time ago and in a faraway place, or so the legend goes, there was a huge forest fire that was raging the entire countryside. All the animals in the forest were terrified, running around in circles, screaming, crying, arguing, and helplessly watching and waiting for the impending disaster.

But there suddenly, in the middle of the flames, and above the mass of cowering animals, was a tiny hummingbird, busy flying from a small pond quite far away from the actual  fire, each time fetching a few drops with its beak to throw on the flames. And then again/ And then again. And yet again.

After a while, a grouchy old  armadillo, annoyed by this ridiculous useless agitation on the part of the hummingbird, cried out: “Tiny bird! Don’t be a fool. It is not with those minuscule drops of water one after the other that you are going to put out the fire and save us all! ”

To which the hummingbird replied, “Could be, but I’m doing my bit”.

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A Walk along the Street of Harmony in Penang

Penang Street of Harmony Project celebrates mutual tolerance illustrated by this amazingly cosmopolitan microcosm.

– Anwar Fazal takes us for a walk down the Street of Harmony in Penang.

The island of Penang, Malaysia, has long been a magnet for a multitude of people from all over the world and has over the last two centuries succeeded in integrating countless cultures and religions into its very fabric.

Penang  is very special.  It was a place that opened up for all the communities of the world. That particular special flavor, sometimes in many places in the world, is all too often lost over history. But in Penang, uniquely, it continued.

There is much Penang can teach the world today about acceptance and harmony in diversity.

* * * Walk down the streets of Penang with Anwar Fazal. |  View: https://vimeo.com/219493364

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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.

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Monorails: Thinking about one for your city?

Thinking about a monorail for your city?  Think again, yours is not the first small city in the world faced with a sudden ambition for a monorail.   Woah! So to put this into perspective we thought it might be useful to report on the discussions in another place and another, the city of Springfield in the USA, the home of the Simpsons, models of ecology.   A great opportunity to learn from the experience of others. Let’s have a look.

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But this is what actually happens when you erect them (with many thousands of variations)

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From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016
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* * Or perhaps you prefer something along these lines? (Pedestrian Bridge in Shenzhen, China)

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From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016
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 * Photo source: http://www.arch2o.com/pedestrian-bridge-in-shenzhen-china/

*This is commonly referred to as putting lipstick on a pig. Moral of the story: you can make it as pretty as you can, but at the end of the day it’s still a pig.”

Because they are so very bad at doing their purported job (i.e. protecting and providing a safe, comfortable and efficient walkable environment for people on foot (or cycle, or wheel chairs or for the elderly, encumbered, simply tired, etc., and because they so often fascinate architects and politicians, we intend from time to time in the NM Fine Arts Collection, show you other examples of how they (do not) work.
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* Have something that you think World Streets readers might appreciate as they wander the Fine Arts  Collection in 2017? Post it to Curator_FineArts@ecoplan.com and we will share it with some of our curators and eventually enter it into the Collection.

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What works for men doesn’t necessarily work for everyone

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Why cities need to start planning with women in mind

 From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016
– https://www.facebook.com/NewMobilityArts/

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