This critical view by Dean Saitta of the concept placemaking and its narrow implementation in many planners and designers views of what is a relevant version of placemaking, is welcome, especially here in South African cities and in Africa generally, where racial stereotypes and gentrified views obscure the reality of the majority of users needs and understanding of what contributes to a places reality, beyond its physical attributes and aesthetic considerations.
by Kaid Benfieldon Sustainable Cities Collective: How the “West” lives is long way from us here in the South – and yet we aspire to achieve walkability – but for different reason here – most people don’t have cars and yet our aging city infrastructures are designed for cars, Public urban transport is mainly by mini-bus and the urban poor are stuck out in peri-urban ghettos – with this in mind the advocates of global tourism still spend on structures and infrastructures designed to retain the privileged few.Issues such as this are tops in the current run up for local miunicipal elections in South Africa – interesting times. Still it is instructive to see which American cities are judged to be walker friendly”
After evaluating applicant communities in several categories related to walking – including safety, mobility, access and comfort – the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center last week announced the selection of eleven Walk Friendly Communities across the US. They are ranked in categories of achievement, as follows: Continue reading