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a fantasy urban makeover in photographs

Monday, July 15, 2013

thanks for reading.

It's been forever since a post, so I wanted to let everyone know what's going on. I've been busy working on my own company, YoonCo, and developing products that help people discover interesting things about themselves. Stuff like:

  • Timelined, a visual, zoomable multi-timer that lets you track things to see interesting patterns of behavior emerge
  • Sorta, a small journal notebook (yes, paper) that lets you add, remove, and rearrange pages however you wish.
There's lots of other fun stuff in the pipeline, like the word game Fonetik as well as the potential for coffee table book versions of both Narrow Streets: Los Angeles and my other somewhat popular blog Microlawns

This frenzy of activity means I won't be updating Narrow Streets anymore. Thanks everybody for your kind readership, passion, and participation. Onward to the next adventure!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday Favorites: Point Richmond, California.


Walk Eagle Rock (photos, blog) sends in this lovely little path that also happens to be a two-way street. Yes, drivers, taking turns is a perfectly reasonable way of traveling!

Friday, August 5, 2011

friday favorites: "the angels" by givot

Happy Friday, everyone. Have a magical weekend.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

julie kim's hammock coffee table in the city

Local furniture-maker and space designer Julie Kim put her newly-designed hammock coffee table at a bus stop on the corner of 6th + Vermont in K-Town, just to see what would happen.

Okay, not a whole lot happens, but the concept is a really good one: let's make bus stops, I don't know...nicer? So more people will actually want to ride the bus, and all that good critical mass stuff? I would love to see more experiments of urban guerrilla beautification like this!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Las Vegas Strip (II)

Another view of the Vegas Strip, including Treasure Island, the Palazzo, the Wynn & Encore, and the Stratosphere off in the distance, with the street squeezed down to just one lane. See it narrowed!

Friday, July 22, 2011

friday favorites: asheville, north carolina

A discussion about skewed intersections on Streetsblog's Google Group led to alternate intersection designs, which led me to this very postiive FAQ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety about roundabouts: those momentary shifts from cartesian to polar (and back) that people seem to be so afraid of, but actually are safer for everyone—and all at a drastically reduced maintenance cost, too! My favorite is this before-and-after conversion in Asheville. I took a Segway tour that crossed this lovely part of downtown. See it rotarized!

Friday, July 15, 2011

friday favorites: washington street, norwalk, connecticut

Finally, finally getting around to sharing this great post by Charlie Gardner at Old Urbanist with some nicely articulated thoughts (as well as resource links) about the value of narrow streets. He even squeezed down the street above to illustrate his point, drawing inspiration from Nieuwendijk in Amsterdam and...me!

Be sure to check out the lively debate that ensues in the comments (are cities just shopping malls?) as well as the rest of his blog. See it narrowed!

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Writer, designer, and urban planning geek.

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