Humor

Blog post
July 25, 2010, 3pm PDT

Few children’s books skillfully cover the subject of urban planning. Chicago's Wacker Manual for the Plan of Chicago (1911), David Macaulay’s lavishly illustrated City:A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (1974), and most recently, Planetizen's Where Things Are, From Near to Far (2008) are standouts.

 

Mike Lydon
July 20, 2010, 10am PDT
"Vigilant old ladies: another good example of the value of neighborhood social capital (and urban living)."
Good
July 16, 2010, 2pm PDT
A bet in the town of Laguna Nigel, CA lead to a 30-year tradition of dropping trou and letting it all hang out for passing Amtrak trains.
BBC News
July 2, 2010, 2pm PDT
This video shows a slide installed on a staircase leading down to a subway station in Berlin, making it quick an easy to catch the train on time.
Chicago Now
June 24, 2010, 1pm PDT
Jarett Walker finds out how many people can recognize north in the subway. The survey is used to explain the distinction between narrative and spatial navigation, which appear to be the two predominant forms of human navigation.
Human Transit
Blog post
June 23, 2010, 6am PDT

Just because our media-ravenous culture inundates us with more news than we can stomach doesn't mean we should give up on the long term prospects of the BP catastrophe.  As the poorly secured well beneath the exploded BP rig Deepwater Horizon continues its high-pressure torrent of not-yet-quantified-but-something-in-the-order-of-tens-to-hundreds-of-thousand-of-gallons-per-day of oil into the gorgeous waters of the Gulf of Mexico, we must not let the drone of time allow us lose sight of the result of horrendous and unforgivable destruction, weak industrial controls, and even weaker environmental morals.  We must also not ignore that efforts to “contain” the spill were devised simultaneously with an effort to spare the well.

Ian Sacs
June 19, 2010, 11am PDT
Jon Stewart examines Obama's and his seven predecessors attempts to end this addiction, stated in various ways, showing how popular the term is, yet how ineffectual every president has been.
The Daily Show
May 14, 2010, 2pm PDT
This article from <em>The Onion</em> looks at the Environmental Protection Agency's increasing frustration with a global environment that is not playing its part in environmental protection.
The Onion
May 11, 2010, 7am PDT
Los Angeles developer Barry Shy commissioned a muralist to paint an "urban jungle" in the lobby of his new residential high-rise. He got lions and waterfalls snuggled up against the downtown LA skyline.
Curbed
May 4, 2010, 7am PDT
Los Angeles developer Barry Shy commissioned a muralist to paint an "urban jungle" in the lobby of his new residential high-rise. He got lions and waterfalls snuggled up against the downtown LA skyline.
Curbed
April 2, 2010, 2pm PDT
Revelations that a school cafeteria in Philadelphia is being used as a nightclub on the weekends has outraged locals and parents.
The New York Times
April 2, 2010, 5am PDT
A German homeowner is frustrated with the traffic in his neighborhood, so he designs and installs his own speed bump for his street. While there are no English subtitles, the pictures and sounds illustrate the directions and results all too well.
YouTube
April 1, 2010, 2pm PDT
Audio advertisement from The Onion highlights how the new magazine "Demographer Today" will present data about people for people interested in data about people.
The Onion
March 24, 2010, 12pm PDT
Yahoo has released a new iPhone app that allows users to draw a circle on a map around the area he or she wants to search.
The Christian Science Monitor
March 12, 2010, 2pm PST
In the face of a recent surge in accidents, a small town in Romania has installed new traffic signs warning drivers about drunk pedestrians who may be laying in roadways.
Telegraph
March 10, 2010, 7am PST
Slate continues its series on wayfinding with the little-known story of the symbolic conflicts among the U.S., the former Soviet Union and Japan over how to direct people in a time of crisis.
Slate
March 3, 2010, 11am PST
In Orange, California, city codes require that front yards be 40% landscaping. After considerately adding drought-resistant plants and bark to save water, the city sued an Orange couple.
www.latimes.com
February 12, 2010, 2pm PST
Due to its pounding beat and often sexual themes, funk music has been banned from Carnival by the mayor of a small Brazilian town.
Reuters
January 29, 2010, 2pm PST
A series of mock-advertisements herald the gentrification of Brooklyn.
Flavorpill
Blog post
January 5, 2010, 9pm PST

As if all this inclement weather hasn't been hassle enough for those of us who cherish our cars, I practically careened into another tragic loss for the rightfully auto-minded recently in Hoboken, New Jersey.  It seems the needs of lofty pedestrians et.al. have once again been imprudently prioritized over us drivers in a result that is sure to make your muffler ratlle: a one-block segment of an historic belgian block street has been closed off to the ideal form of personal mobility (read: car) so that silly people with nothing better to do than run around frivolously in streets have another place off the sidewalk to inconvenience the driving majority of our great nation.

Ian Sacs