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JasonThorne

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Urbanist and City Planner (Canada)(tweets @JasonThorne_RPP)

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JasonThorne, to cycling
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Little improvements like this make such a big difference. I think this is my favourite new little link in the Hamilton cycling network. Nothing fancy. Just a short extension to the well-used Cootes Drive multi-use path to get you into downtown Dundas.
#cycling #BikeTooter

JasonThorne, to art
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Nello & Patrasche taking a nap in Handschoenmarkt, Antwerp.

JasonThorne, to cycling
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Cycling 10 storeys underground … through the Sint-Annatunnel under the Scheldt River in Antwerp.

Video of cyclists getting off an elevator and then riding through a white and green tile tunnel

JasonThorne, to Brussels
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Filing this one away for the next time I hear someone say “you could never fit LRT on this street!” (side note: has a brilliant tram system).

Tram running along a narrow street with historical buildings on one side of the street and a church on the other side.

JasonThorne, to Brussels
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Most pedestrian streets that I’ve seen just close off the street to vehicles and they’re done. Nothing wrong with that. But Boulevard Anspach in has gone a step further and added trees, wildflower gardens, planters and rain gardens. Looks great!

A city scene showing a metro sign labeled "Bourse-Beurs", some passersby, a row of parked electric scooters, and traditional buildings with decorative facades and balconies and a green garden in the foreground.
Urban street scene with people walking, wooden benches, greenery, and classic European buildings.

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JasonThorne, to edinburgh
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Riding the brand new £23 million City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL) in . A separated cycling facility right through the heart of the city. Well done Edinburgh!

JasonThorne, to transit
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“Give way” … one bus equals 80 cars and 80 people (on the back of all the city buses in Baku).

A red city bus on a street with buildings in the background and a clear blue sky.

JasonThorne, to architecture
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“Architecture should play to all the senses - the smell of vegetation after rain, the sound of birds, and the wind in trees.”

  • Geoffrey Bawa

This is Bawa’s extraordinary Heritance Kandalama hotel in Kandalama, Sri Lanka.

Outdoor covered walkway alongside a rock wall with railing and vegetation visible.
A greenery-covered building with a black wooden frame, overgrown with vines and plants.
Multi-story building facade covered with green climbing plants, surrounded by trees and bushes.

JasonThorne, to random
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When the street tree gets so big that you need to build a sidewalk bridge over the roots! (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Concrete staircase with metal handrails beside a large, tilted tree on a sidewalk near a road with traffic markings.

JasonThorne, to thailand
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A “sponge park” in the heart of central Bangkok. The 102-acre Benjakitti Forest Park is capable of holding a million cubic meters of storm water.

Wetland bisected by elevated paths with towers in the background
Wetland bisected by elevated paths with towers in the background

JasonThorne, to transit
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These route-specific demarcated sidewalk queuing areas make a lot of sense … and they make bus boarding in Hong Kong very efficient.

JasonThorne, to transit
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First time I’ve seen a double-decker electric streetcar! (Hong Kong).

Video of multiple streetcars passing each other

JasonThorne, to climate
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On-street battery-swapping station for electric scooters in Taipei. Rather than plug-in and wait, you can just swap your low battery for a charged one … and go.

JasonThorne, to random
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JasonThorne, to cycling
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A whole block of bikes! (East Village, NYC)

JasonThorne, to random
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The hottest trend in U.S. cities? Changing zoning rules to allow more housing
https://www.npr.org/2024/02/17/1229867031/housing-shortage-zoning-reform-cities

JasonThorne, to random
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House prices vs. incomes in Canada from 1984 to 2022 (source: Beauty of Data)

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JasonThorne, to random
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“Unlocking Home Affordability through Car-Free Living”

We don’t talk enough about the link between car dependency and housing affordability. Here’s a good case study from Atlanta https://www.southernurbanism.org/p/mobility-unlocking-home-affordability

JasonThorne, to architecture
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Lovely restoration of one of the oldest and most intact commercial buildings in Hamilton, by some estimates dating back to the 1820s. It’s now in its second century as a still-active watch-menders shop. And look at the details! Tin ceiling. Century-old storefront windows. Tiled threshold.

Front window with red woodwork
Patterned tin ceiling
Tiled threshold at the doorway to the story with patterned red on white tile work

JasonThorne, to cycling
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“Hamilton pitches $60-million plan to build more bike lanes, faster” … very excited about this! A true, city-wide network. 2024 priorities include York Blvd., Stone Church Rd. East and West 5th

https://thespec.com/news/council/hamilton-pitches-60-million-plan-to-build-more-bike-lanes-faster/article_db30018b-6ad8-552a-aa8a-ce2476dbd189.html

JasonThorne, to random
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In Sofia, Bulgaria, when they were building their new subway line, they discovered some ancient Roman ruins, and they integrated them into the subway station.

JasonThorne, to random
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Vertical forest. “Trudo Toren” in Eindhoven by architect Stefano Boeri.

JasonThorne, to cycling
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I’ve been in lots of cities … here’s a thread of some of my favourite urban bike corridors. Hopefully can add any that I missed so I can plan some future trips!

Here’s the Baana in , the Dequindre Cut in , and the Cultural Trail in . /1

Paved cycling corridor on former rail line
Bike lane on-street behind a bus platform

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