The Next Mile
Episode 3 - The Pissed Urbanist
Placing one foot in front of the other can take us pretty far.
Before we had cars, before getting from Point A to Point B could be done conveniently behind a wheel, a lot of people walked.
As more convenient modes of transportation become readily available, walking becomes more and more obsolete.
We've created an infrastructure that is no longer conducive to foot travel, forcing people off the sidewalks and into various other modes of transportation.
But is all this for the better?
What do we lose when we turn our backs to the original form of transportation?
On today’s episode, we’re talking about urbanism and its relationship to transportation, with The ATL Urbanist, Darin Givens. He’s the co-founder of the urbanism advocacy group, ThreadATL, based here in Atlanta. He shares his thoughts on how we could improve Atlanta’s roads and what are the main obstacles in doing that.
So, listen in, and learn how step-by-step, urbanism advocacy can actually change us for the better.
Questions I asked:
- What is an Urbanist? (05:55)
- What got you interested in urbanism in the first place? (08:05)
- Are there any people, internationally or globally, that are achieving the standards that you feel like we need to have as a society? (15:50)
- Why does opening up new lanes does not solve everything? (24:15)
- Who is the most important voice in the journey that’s ahead of us, that’s redefining how we travel and how we move? (30:20)
In this episode, you will learn:
- What ThreadATL is. (02:15)
- How Darin came up with an amateur urbanist theory according to which the design of our roads brings the worst in people. (10:00)
- What the biggest obstacle is on making the right design changes. (13:20)
- What Atlanta could learn from New York City. (16:00)
- How parking decks negatively influence traffic into the city. (21:35)
- How politicians should approach transportation. (31:55)
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