Check out a few of the stories, news clips, images, maps and vids rocking the OpenPlansisphere this week:
- We’re going to Arcade next week! “an interactive evening of games selected by Kill Screen and inspired by the exhibition Talk to Me. Guests can play games in a variety of spaces throughout the Museum and the Sculpture Garden, sponsored by Poprally”
- London, your diagrammatic maps aren’t looking so hot anymore. Map War! A fascinating comment thread debating whether London’s methods of displaying their transit systems is really the best. Talking of transit, your MetroCard is going away… and here’s a much better transit transfer than the one from the L to the 1-2-3 at 14th St
- Theory department: pt 1: Urban visionairies not getting it about transit. “Architects and urban visionaries play an incredibly important role in a leadership-hungry culture. They have to know a little bit about almost everything, which is hard to do. But for some reason, certain segments of the profession have decided that the basic math and geometry of transit isn’t one of those things, even when they present themselves as transit experts.” pt 2: Will America’s young and restless abandon cities for the suburbs, or does Joel Kotkin just not get it again?
- City of Memory is an online community map of personal stories and memories organized on a physical geographical map of New York City. It reminded us of Community Almanac.
- If the whole city is moving, does that technically make the city itself a form of transit? In more serious movement news, Mayor Bloomberg announced a new real time traffic management system to reduce congestion in midtown… but does it have its priorities straight? (Streetsblog shameless plug!)
- Can transit agencies learn from different private sector strategies of building and managing demand? And how can they drive (railroad?, straphang?) demand in the first place?
- And why do guys like this always become the face of alternative forms of transit? More music: Best Sprawl Songs: 1. The Pretenders – My City Was Gone 2. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi 3. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II