The Comfort Pursuit

Month in review: April 2017

April always feels like a very important month for me. It is when I started university and five years later graduated from it, and it is also when I started my Masters and two years later graduated from it… And it is the birthday of one of the most important people in my life: my mother.

So, this was taken seriously, and here is what happened: Read more…

On markets – Have they ever died?

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Palm Cove Market (Cairns, Australia)

The recent resurgence of public markets is just a beginning. Markets spark urban revitalization, foster community diversity and improve public health. We’re on the verge of a new era of market cities, with expansive networks to connect people and places. (Project for Public Spaces*)

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Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the second great misunderstanding that lies at the root of most urban degradation today: widening a city’s streets in the name of safety is like distributing handguns to deter crime.

Speck, Jeff (2012) Read more…

Month in review: February and March 2017

This post starts with a disclaimer: The month in review posts – being this the first one – is inspired by Ana Canhoto’s monthly round-ups. I’ve been following her blog and her monthly reflections for a while now, and it always gives me a feeling that she is in control of her work and time. I feel like I could benefit from it, and perhaps help someone out there as Ana’s reflections have helped me. Thanks Ana!

As I have previously written, I have recently relocated from Christchurch (New Zealand) to Cairns (Australia). Read more…

Induced demand is the name for what happens when increasing the supply of roadways lowers the time cost of driving, causing more people to drive and obliterating any reductions in congestion. Read more…