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Any place can be transformed from a place for cars to a place for people. It takes vision & will. #Amsterdam 1976 vs 2017 via @amsterdamized
Amsterdam chose to give their streets to cars. Then they chose to take them back. There's nothing magical about #Amsterdam. They just chose.
Think your city doesn't have much in common with #Amsterdam? As city archive photos show, it used to.
HT @rwoudstra
There are 2 types of city leaders: those who read a tweet thread like this & are inspired, & those that argue it's irrelevance. Which are u?
Remember this picture every single time you hear someone in your city say "we're not Amsterdam." #Amsterdam in the 1970's HT @fietsprofessor
The #Dutch are STILL getting better at bike-riding! Daily bike usage has grown 11% in the last decade. Via @nytimes:…
Dutch cycling prevents 6.5k premature deaths each year: Study. And the more people ride, the safer it gets. @NYTimes…
"In a country where there are more bikes than people — 22.5 vs. 18 million — daily usage has grown 11 percent in the last decade." #Dutch
To paraphrase Arthur C Clarke, "Any sufficiently advanced technology [or urbanism] is indistinguishable from magic."
"#Amsterdam has a moral obligation to share its story, its streets, to all who are open to learning" @fietsprofessor…
"The yearly #Dutch investment [in biking] of 500 million euros pays for itself, proponents say, by reducing health, social & other costs."
"While promoting biking used to be an issue for more progressive political parties, recent successes have made it mainstream politics."

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Jul 16, 2018
It’s not every day that a developer wants me to coach their team on urbanism, & critique their partially built inner city project so next phases can be better. Looking forward to workshopping with @greenstonehomes & city staff on @KendallYards in #Spokane Washington this week.
The heart of #Spokane’s @KendallYards neighbourhood is the new/evolving main street — walkable streetscape, generous patio seating, human scale. Next phase can have more housing above the street providing more eyes & “body heat.” People come from all over to enjoy the new street.
Every good new main street, & every walkable neighbourhood, needs at least one walkable urban grocery store. @KendallYards’s grocery store #MyFreshBasket is more than a store — it’s a community gathering place. #Spokane #completecommunities #thirdplace
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May 11, 2018
#Vancouver’s temp modular housing proposals for the homeless have been controversial in some neighbourhoods. The latest proposal is on part of the Larwill parking lot downtown, in my neighbourhood. I fully support it, AND would like to also see lively uses around the entire edge.
Agreed. And since the @CityofVancouver is looking closely at the Larwill design for the modular housing portion of the parking lot, NOW is the time to do this too. I’ll be actively campaigning the city to take this seriously. cc @MayorGregor @VanRealDeal

Been championing this idea for years, inspired by #Portland — but with the @CityofVancouver’s intentions around modular housing for the homeless on a portion of the site, NOW’S the time to do it #Vancouver! cc @MayorGregor @VanRealDeal @DowntownCharles

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