Posts by Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood is the Principal of The Overhead Wire, a consulting firm focused on sharing information about cities around the world. He hosts a weekly podcast called Talking Headways at Streetsblog USA and operates the daily news site The Direct Transfer.

  • National links: My friend, the robot

    BMW thinks self-driving cars will take off if the technology riders at ease, housing is far more complicated than just "developers vs. regulation," and the field of architecture could stand to get much more diverse. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!  Keep reading…

  • National links: Time is… not the only thing that costs money

    When we think that the only cost of driving is the time it takes to drive somewhere, we're not considering transportation as holistically as we should. Also, Seattle is running out of space for cars downtown, and pedestrians in Edmonton are pushing to do away with beg buttons because waiting to cross the street is so cold. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!  Keep reading…

  • National links: Let’s dig into the future, says Elon Musk

    Elon Musk is building tunnels. For what, you ask? Unclear. Also, New York governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing forward with a rail project many say is doomed to fail, and California Republicans are working to kill high-speed rail in the Bay Area. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!  Keep reading…

  • National Links: When people took back their cities

    Protests throughout the world last Saturday showed us what it's like to have streets dedicated entirely to people on foot. Donald Trump's infrastructure plan came out this week... or did it? And as transportation technology advances, will the ride hailing industry stay in the picture financially? Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!  Keep reading…

  • National links: Trump on transit, housing, and more

    This week's national links are going live at a unique time in history, to say the least. Here's a rundown of what might be on tap in the world of transportation, land use, and other related areas now that Donald Trump is the president.  Keep reading…

  • National Links: On the hook for bad street design

    In New York, a high court says a transportation agency that didn't fix dangerous streets must pay damages to a child hit by a driver. Dayton, Ohio is struggling, partly because it tore down a lot of its old buildings to avoid higher vacancy rates. Uber is making some of its data more available to the public. Check out what's happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas!  Keep reading…

  • Worldwide links: Chinese roads, Chinese trains

    A super highway that wraps around Beijing is now complete, Chinese planners hope a battery-powered Panda monorail is the rail mode of the future, and Houston is serving as a model for other Texas cities when it comes to effective bus transit. Read about this, and more, from the world of transportation, land use, and other related areas!  Keep reading…

  • National links: There are downsides to letting the Rust Belt shrink

    An economist puts forward a strong argument on why it doesn’t make sense to say that we should just let middle-of-the-country places that are struggling economically die off, Donald Trump has named a Secretary of Transportation, and Volvo just finished building the world’s longest bus. Read about this, and more, from world of transportation, land use, and other related areas!Leaving…  Keep reading…

  • Weekend links: Montreal’s attempt to slow growth

    Montreal’s city council is limiting the number of new restaurants in one neighborhood in hopes that the move will slow rising prices. The buildings we live and work in shape how we think, and designers are hoping that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Some argue that our urban policies of the last two decades drove down city voter turnout earlier this month. Read about this, and more, from…  Keep reading…

  • Worldwide links: Is the future in Finland?

    The future of urban transportation may live in Finland, Berlin is taking cars off of its most famous street, and light rail won’t run from Norfolk to Virginia Beach. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!“Mobility” has a new meaning Is Helsinki, Finland the home of the future of transportation?  Keep reading…

  • National links: This week in pedestrian shaming…

    Pedestrian safety campaigns in New York and Pittsburgh are kind of missing the point, just like Zillow did when it tried measure the best places to trick-or-treat. But Oakland’s new transportation department is making some very progressive moves. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas!Stop the shaming: The New York…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Haunting housing

    Costumes are one thing, but buildings can be scary too! Also, a look at how we can use design to make life better for everyone, not just some pople, and a question about whether self-driving cars will actually lead to less car ownership. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas!Buildings of fear: Gory costumes make…  Keep reading…

  • Worldwide links: Does Seattle want more transit?

    Seattle is about to vote on whether to expand its light rail, stirring up memories of votes to reject a subway line in the late 60s. In San Francisco, people would love to see subway lines in place of some current bus routes, and in France, a rising political start is big on the power of cities. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Fair housing in Arizona

    Arizona is cracking down on racial discrimination in housing, there’s lots we don’t know about how people get home from transit stations, and in Chicago, old pipes and telegraph lines at excavation sites may no longer be a problem. Check out what’s happening around the country in transportation, land use, and other related areas!A win for fair housing: In…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Don’t shame the transit riders

    Uber took down some ads that shamed transit riders, Texas researchers are looking at how race, gender, and development intersect, and a new book explains that cities weren’t always bastions for Democrats. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!Uber’s advertising effect: Uber and Lyft often have run ads that belittle…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Ancient ruins that nobody visits

    There are ancient ruins in the United States but people don’t treat them as tourist destinations like they do ones in other countries. Also, not everyone gets to weigh in on how their city is planned, and Ford Motor Company is trying out a different transportation strategy. Check out what’s going on in the world of housing, transportation, and cities around the globe.  Keep reading…

  • National links: We’ll pay you to avoid rush hour

    BART, San Francisco’s major transit system, wants to reward riders for avoiding rush hour, drivers have run into a house in Raleigh 6 times in 9 years and the owners can’t sell, and an engineer in Oslo has turned kids into “secret agents” in a bid to report street hazards. Check out what’s going on in the world of housing, transportation, and cities around…  Keep reading…

  • National links: Can San Diego cut back on car use?

    San Diego has big environmental goals that include getting a whole lot of people to stop driving, coastal cities are, indeed, generally more expensive than those in the middle of the country, and Uber is losing a lot of money. Check out what’s going on in the world of housing, transportation, and cities around the globe. Lofty goals for San Diego: San Diego’s…  Keep reading…

  • Worldwide links: The most meaningful gold medal?

    A US Olympic swimmer’s gold medal feels like a triumph over the country’s racist past, a Palo Alto planning commission member says she’s leaving because it’s too expensive to live there, and the guy who built Las Vegas’ downtown housing should have gone up earlier in the process. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation,…  Keep reading…

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