What would a city designed for the blind be like? Chris Downey is an architect who went suddenly blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before and after — and shows how the thoughtful designs that enhance his life now might actually make everyone’s life better, sighted or not.
Paris bike-share numbers have dwindled sharply. Of the 23,800 bikes that have been provided or promised since it launched, only 14,000 will now remain in service. What makes this crime wave more striking is that by contrast, London’s bike-share system has seen only 143 thefts since it began in 2010. So why are Paris’s figures so terrible compared to its northern neighbor?
The answer lies partly in the sheer ambition of Vélib’. With 12,000 docking stations, it extends beyond the boundaries ofParis Intramuros and out into the suburbs of the Petite Couronne area of greater Paris. This means that, unlike London’s scheme, which limits itself to a central area, 8,000 bikes and a meager but more easily monitored 570 docking stations, it’s of real use to suburban commuters.
Did you know there are more than 200 vacant storefronts in the Lower East Side of Manhattan? Made in the Lower East Side (miLES) started as an online collaboration through OpenIDEO to find ways to make use of these resources that are sitting idle in a vibrant neighborhood. We held numerous stre…