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Corridor Urbanism Reading List February 25, 2019

What We Shared on Social Media Last Week

Riders waiting for an arriving train in downtown Chicago. Photo by Ben Kaplan.

We here at Corridor Urbanism know that not everyone has Facebook. We also know that Facebook is not the worlds best company, and not wanting to use Facebook is completely reasonable. We’re also aware that the main way we engage is by… sharing stuff on Facebook. We shouldn’t rely so heavily on one very broken platform. So this is a list of all the stuff we shared on our facebook page from February 16 to 23. I think this is probably a good thing to do going forward with the content we share on social media.

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One of the things that surprised me most, and annoyed me most, after moving to Iowa was the huge number of left lane slowpokes. What should we do about these dangerous drivers?

“It’s really active. There’s never a time where there’s not a buzz going on,” said Cami Rasmussen, city administrator. “There’s just always people around, and it’s beautiful in the spring and summer and fall.”

Big box retailers are starting to ramp up efforts to slash their property taxes, decimating tax revenue for small cities and towns.

Rustic Hearth Bakery is moving into the spot formerly occupied by L’Auberge on Mount Vernon Road. They’re also adding coffee, breakfast and lunch to their menu.

Mount Vernon Road is one of the best spots in the city for the expansion of local retail in our humble opinion. We’re excited to see such a high quality establishment move into the neighborhood and hope to see more follow.

It’s snowed so much and so frequently that road crews haven’t had a chance to fill potholes in the Corridor. Where’s the biggest pothole you’ve seen? (We’re thinking of the small lake that was formed at Edgewood and 16th Ave SW in CR)


Since you’re here, why not enjoy some of the great articles about urbanism that we didn’t share for whatever reason last week.

A global status report shows that road traffic injuries are now the single biggest cause of death for children and young adults, and that more than half of all traffic deaths are pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. In the United States, driver fatalities fell from 27,348 in 2006 to 23,611 in 2017, but pedestrian and cyclist fatalities increased from 5,567 to 6,760.

This week we asked what a Cedar Rapids bike network would look like if it were designed for need based riders. This is why that’s a vital conversation we need to have. Bike infrastructure like bike lanes and cycletracks are awesome, and do improve safety, but what about all the high-traffic high speed roads without any cycling or pedestrian infrastructure?

From my place in New Bohemia I drive over the MLK bridge and take 16th Ave SW to go to my gym and my preferred grocery store. It’s common to see people on bikes and on foot, even this winter on a street that has no safe place for them to exist. We need to recognize that these riders and walkers deserve sidewalks and bike lanes just as much as the high-end recreational and commuter riders coming into downtown.

A State Rep is trying to prevent the Iowa DOT from helping cities and towns across Iowa implement a policy that save lives, saves money, and helps small businesses. Also the reporter doesn’t mention any of those facts and focuses on bad faith arguments about ambulance response times. Anyway road diets are good, and we should do a lot more of them.



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