National Links: How Independent Bookstores Encourage Browsing

Every day at The overhead wire, we collect news about cities and send the links to our mailing list. At the end of the week, we take some of the most popular stories and publish them on Big Big Washington, a group blog similar to that focuses on urban issues in the DC area. These are national links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful.

The science of recent bookstore design: For independent bookstores, a certain design allows discovery and invites readers. This is something the big book chains often miss. If you know what you want, you can find it easily online, but if you’re not sure, nothing beats a well-designed independent bookstore with creative shelves, good lighting, comfortable seating, and staff recommendations. . (Lyndsie Manusos | riot book)

Denver rail lines don’t go to neighborhoods: In 2004, the Denver area voted to build a network of railway lines to connect the region. Many residents were enthusiastic about the project, but nearly two decades later those who supported the expansion are not using the system. If it were done today, it probably wouldn’t be set up with lines on freight rights-of-way serving commuter-to-city routes. (Nathanael Miner | Denverite)

A trade dispute over the gas tax: Washington state officials have proposed a tax on refined gasoline sent to other states to fund state infrastructure; this bill is rejected. States that would be affected, including Oregon and Alaska, are already devising ways to retaliate with other taxes on goods such as fresh fish and could spark a trade dispute between northwestern states. Washington Governor Jay Inslee argues that because the state bears the climate impacts of gas refining, other places should share the social cost. (Daniel C. Vock | Road Fifty)

Psychology of place and community health: Dr. Mindy Fullilove discusses the impact of neighborhoods and external forces on the health of communities. She learned early in her medical school residency that looking at things from a singular biomedical model focuses only on what happens in the body, but a biopsychosocial model looks at the body and everything that happens. externally, including geographical and sociological considerations. (Dr. Mindy Fullilove | Non-profit quarterly)

Paris plans to limit cars for 2024: The city of Paris, France will ban non-essential traffic in the city center for the next two years, in time for the 2024 Olympics. The low-traffic zone will cover 5.4 square miles and will only allow as residents, transit vehicles and people with disabilities. If cameras or police checkpoints catch other drivers, they will be fined. (Feargus O’Sullivan | Bloomberg City Lab) (Florent Helaine | The Parisian)

quote of the week

“The narrative is that the highways that were built ruined cities. But no, these are the highways that were foreseen ruined cities. There is no highway, but there is definitely a scar.

Emily Lieb, Seattle-based historian in the Los Angeles Times discuss the legacy of the scars left by the planned highways

This week in podcast, we are joined by Dr Asal Bidarmaghz, Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, who discusses underground infrastructure and its importance for the future of cities, including underground climate change, coordination between long-term projects and appropriate land use.

Photo at top of story courtesy of Jean Michel Thomson to Unsplash

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