Sunday, February 22, 2015


Potent regenerative impacts for our many urban districts, towns and hamlets can be expected from local policies and programs to designate and nurture “mobility hot spots" (MHS). These governmental actions do not need billions of dollars. A simple change in local attitude will suffice.

MHS is a proposed land use designation for walkable districts that offer public access to zipcars, bike racks and rentals, taxis (within or robocars), bus stops eg Bridj, gathering points for ride-sharing networks, etc. These are all co-located. Each mode of transportation has its own dynamic. Some require government financial support; others can come from existing public works (streets, sidewalks, etc.) budgets but redirected to reinforce MHS objectives. Other modes are profitable.

Government’s critical role is to coordinate and synchronize all this. For example, why not provide free wi-fi access to the public at MHSs?

Pedestrian Is Community-Friendly

The creation and maintenance of MHSs requires cooperation from highway and police authorities. This is not easy, for it challenges long-standing Eisenhower policies that highways are king and road vehicles go right up to and into every facet of our lives. Can local policy create pedestrian friendly, landscaped and maintained districts and tame the traffic therein? 

Swedish (Christer Lindstrom) and Swedish-American (Ron Swenson) thinking collaborated at
PCC8 last September at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Who better to help Americans at this re-orientation than Swedish designers -- architects, civic space creators and animators, district managers and transport officials? Dozens of them have already registered for PCC9 -- the 9th Podcar City conference this fall (Nov 4-6) in Silicon Valley. Learn more at

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