1917 Portland—In Color

More upscaled, century-old footage! This time a little closer to home, featuring shots of SW Portland, the US Custom House building, and a sneaky shot of the second Oregon State Capitol in Salem. Related: my previous post on the Wuppertal Schwebebahn, featuring upscaled footage of the suspended railway in Wuppertal, Germany operating in 1902.

Historical Context of Racist Planning in Portland

Buried in a Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting from September 2019 is this excellent presentation from BDS planning assistant Jena Hughes on the “Historical Context of Racist Planning in Portland”. (Hughes’ presentation begins around the 48:57 mark.) It’s a great primer on how we’ve historically used city planning mechanisms like zoning to continually prevent communities […]

The Map

New York City has a new “live” digital subway map, designed by Work & Co. The new map attempts to combine the style of the classic Vignelli map with the Tauranac/Hertz map that replaced it, becoming more geographically accurate as you zoom in; revealing the real-time location of trains, the actual location of lines in […]

Bad Bridges

According to a new study conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, 1 in 3 of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Teddy Roosevelt bridge in D.C., and the San Mateo-Hayward bridge—the longest bridge in California. ARTBA also estimates the cost of the necessary repairs at […]

Wheeler Is Illegally Financing His Reelection, And The City Auditor Is Clearing The Way

Yesterday, it was revealed that Portland mayor Ted Wheeler had made an illegal $150,000 personal contribution to his reelection campaign last month, in violation of Portland campaign finance law. On discovering this, I emailed the City Auditor’s office to file a complaint, and received the following reply: The City Auditor’s Office is not currently enforcing […]

Duocon 2020

It’s been a little quiet around here the last few weeks—and for good reason. Since last Fall, I’ve been working with the team at Duolingo and leading production on their annual conference, Duocon. Our original plan to fill a warehouse in Brooklyn full of speakers, performers, and attendees … suddenly fell out of vogue earlier […]