- a collection of notes and reflections on urban living from the perspective of a family of five in Tokyo. My epiphany was many years ago, but being hit by a motorbike and seeing my life flash before my eyes caused a sudden change that slowly made me reflect on whether American style auto-centric urban transportation of the Roosevelt era really is a capital G "Good Idea" for civilized modern cities in the 21st Century. This blog explores the good and the bad in urban planning and design, here and elsewhere. The goal is simple - not "death to all cars," just more walkable communities, quiet tree-lined streets, good public transport, traffic calming, Velib style bicycle sharing and a bit of common sense. The bolg is mostly theraputic, so I don't go wanting to throttle every dangerous driver I come across, but partly also out of a real desire to see positive change. This blog explores how it can be done, the people who do it, and how, in many small ways, this very old idea may at last have found its zeitgeist. Comments and suggestions welcome.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Who is responsible ?

driver crashes through a boom gate, get's hit by train, and they blame it on the train? Strange place.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

6 billion on this and what for rail? - a coal shipping line.

Tolls possible on new Melb ring road freeway
ABC Online - 1 hour ago
Part of the link between the Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway will be built underground. (ABC NEWS) The Victorian Government has confirmed it will spend $6 billion connecting Melbourne's Metropolitan Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway.
$6 billion road project will connect Melbourne Melbourne Herald Sun
Brumby's $40bn plan to get Victoria moving The Age - The Age - Melbourne Herald Sun
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